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It all started on one of my regular micro-jigging trips off Singapore’s Southern Islands late 2015. The current was still fairly slow but a quick sweep of the grounds showed plenty of fish on the fish finder. Aha! 12 gram micro jigs were quickly dropped into the water and whipped up the column. No takers. 15 minutes of hard jigging labour later, there were still no hits despite the fish still showing on the screen. One of the guys on board decided to put out a Sabiki rig and very soon was pulling in Sagai (Longfin Trevally) after Sagai! I downsized my jig to 8 grams and worked it in all the ways I could think of – fast retrieve, slow jerk, machine-gun style jerk, whip, high-pitch. You name it, I did it. But the jigs simply didn’t produce. The Sabiki continued to pull them in, one-by-one. I persisted with micro-jigging, and by the end of the trip, I had caught zero, while the rest had landed easily 80 fish on Sabiki.

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Breaking the code to catch finicky fish – PRICELESS!

Why did the fish choose the Sabiki over a similar-sized metal jig? That question kept bugging me for several days. I shared the experience with my buddies Fred Goh and Nigel Hagley. Coincidentally, Nigel had just caught the Ajing fever and almost everything in his mind then was about super light tackle, micro jigheads and micro soft plastics! He was very certain that in such challenging situations and conditions, the Sagai will take micro soft plastics. His theory is that the Sagai are likely zoomed in on a certain small bait profile and therefore anything else will be ignored. Micro jigs, though having the same size and profile, moved about and sank too quickly and therefore appeared unnatural to the finicky fish. To test out his theory, Nigel used his Ajing tackle on his subsequent trip. Using the new Storm Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring and Gomoku Soft Straight micro soft plastics rigged on super light jigheads, Nigel was able to produce the Sagai when the jigs were not working, thus confirming his theory. That was a start of a new craze to come for our Sagai fishing…

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A new and deadly way of catching Sagai – with micro soft plastics

We left our jigging tackle at home in our subsequent trips out to the Southern Islands. Armed with only 2-6lb rods such as the Rapala RFS Finesse Series, 1000 & 2000-sized Daiwa Luvias spinning reels with Rapala Rapinova PE#0.4 and 8lb Sufix Invisiline fluorocarbon leaders and a range of 1.8g, 2.5g and 3.5g jigheads to suit different currents and drifts, we tried to figure out if this ‘modified’ method of Ajing will work consistently in our local waters. After a string of extremely successful outings, we are very certain this method of fishing is extremely deadly for a wide-range of local species, particularly the Sagai!

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The Rapala Rapinova-X ultra light PE#0.4 braid we used for this kind of fishing.

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Having a box for all the soft plastics is a great idea for easy storage

From our Sagai’ing trips around the Southern Islands, we’ve since discovered some interesting ways of getting the Sagai to bite and here we’d like to share some of these tips with you:

  1. When there is little or no current, a light jighead of about 1.8g is just nice to get the Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring or Soft Straight right down to the bottom. Once the jighead has reached the bottom, lift the jig up just off the bottom gently and hold it there. Drop it back down again and repeat. You may wish to add your own variation to the technique by gently shaking the rod to give some very minute movements to the lure. It’s also worth trying out different depths. The key thing is to ensure you’re presenting the soft plastic right in front of the fish so a fish finder will be a very useful tool to have.
  2. When the current is fast, it’s best to fish from an anchored boat that’s positioned upcurrent of a structure where fish are likely to congregate. A heavier jighead of around 2.5g or 3.5g (or heavier, depending on current speed) will be a good choice to drift the micro soft plastic out to the ‘strike zone’. Once the lure enters the strike zone, close the bail arm or engage the reel and hang on. You can choose to just hold on to the rod and do nothing (yes, absolutely nothing!) or if you’re the type that needs to be constantly working the lure, you can gently shake the rod to give the lure some very subtle movements. What this does is to present the lure as a small baitfish holding its position upcurrent of the structure and only moving very slightly every now and then from its position. A very tempting morsel for a nearby predator! Resist the urge to make big movements, as that will make the presentation unnatural. In fact, the best thing to do is to let the lure just ‘drift’ in current. There have been many occasions when the fish have taken off with the rod stationary in the rod holder!
  3. Bites often come as little nibbles so you’ve got to be very attentive. This is when a very sensitive, ultra light rod will have an advantage to detect the slightest bites.
  4. Use a very fine diameter line to get the jighead down in the current. We personally use Rapala Rapinova PE#0.4 (8.8lb), which is a good balance between strength and diameter. Additionally, 150m of line is plenty, should a speedster come along.
  5. As you’d be fishing with such light line, a reel with a very smooth start up drag is important. Don’t set the drag too tight as the sudden burst of speed can easily break fine diameter lines.

If you’ve never tried Sagai’ing with ultra-light tackle, do give it a try. It’s another technique that’s proven to be extremely effective to complement micro-jigging for Sagai, especially when they are off the bite or hunting down very specific little baitfish. Happy Sagai’ing!

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And there she goes…. the sizzling initial run!

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The smile says it all…

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Perfectly hooked

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UV Pink works really well in the Southern Islands

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Small profile of the Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring matches the baitfish

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Double take on the Storm Gomoku Bulky Ring!

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Good fish!

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Translucent colours like the UV Chartreuse work well in clear water

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While the solid colours like the Orange Glow were very effective when water visibility was lower

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Storm Gomoku Soft Straight works very well in slow current

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We caught them in all currents – slow, moderate and fast

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Of course, faster currents meant more aggressive fish and feeding frenzies!

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Sometimes they were so enthusiastic that they swallowed the Gomoku Soft whole!

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But most of the time they were nicely hooked on the lip

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Versatile rods like the new Storm Teenie are a good compromise if you’re doing micro jigging and then want to switch to some casting or drifting

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Though high-tonnage rods like the Rapala RFS Elegance have better sensitivity for micro soft plastics fishing

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Those that come up to bust on the surface are often good-sized fish!

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Super fun ultralight tackle fishing!

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Gabriel’s first hand experience of the Sagai’ing game

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the runs!

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Tada!!! Another Longfin Trevally!

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Siang also getting the hang of ‘drifting’

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Fusilier, anyone?

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Solid white (Glow) worked great with the setting sun

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CY thoroughly enjoying himself

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And for good reason too!

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The last two for the day before the sun set!

HOW TO CATCH SAGAI WITH GOMOKU SOFT MICRO SOFT PLASTICS

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Rapala Japan recently introduced a range of new micro soft plastics called the Storm Gomoku Soft series for their light salt game market. Designed to target species such as Chinu (Black Bream), Aji (Japanese Horse Mackerel) and Mebaru (Japanese Rock Fish), the Gomoku Soft Series come in two models, namely the 2-inch Gomoku Soft Straight (GSST20) and the 1.5-inch Gomoku Bulky Ring (GSBR15).

Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring Soft Straight
These micro soft plastics have since found their way to our local tackle shops here in South East Asia and their introduction to our local fishing scene has since opened up tremendous opportunities with exciting new methods and techniques to catch fish. From freshwater to saltwater, the Storm Gomoku Soft series have been catching plenty of fish for folks who have taken the step of faith to down-size their tackle to as light as 4lb! That figure may sound ‘normal’ for finesse applications on small fish, but when you’re talking about tackling big, bad Peacock Bass of 10lbs or more, 4lb tackle can be rather hairy!

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Big Peacock Bass caught on the 1.5-inch Storm Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring micro soft plastic.

THE MICRO SOFT PLASTIC ADVANTAGE

Have you ever popped a small, bite-sized snack into your mouth just to know how it tastes even though you’re not hungry? It probably looked delicious. Maybe even smelt really good. But chances are, you’ll never know whether its really tasty until you taste it for yourself. On the other hand, you’d probably be less likely to ‘try out’ something that’s of substantial portion. Theoretically, fishes behave the same way especially when they’re not in a feeding mood. Wary fish are likely to check out a small foreign object or food with their mouths rather than something larger. This is more so in places with high fishing pressure, where fish are often caught and released.

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Wary fish like this Red-tailed catfish from a catch and release pond can be coaxed into taking a small offering like the Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring.

There are also times when fish are zeroed in on a specific baitfish profile and size and simply won’t take anything else. When they’re hunting really small stuff, that’s when the micro soft plastics really shine. The vibrations given off from these small soft plastics are more minute and subtle than their hardbait counterparts, therefore appearing more ‘natural’. That said, these micro soft plastics need to be used with appropriately weighted jigheads. A jighead that’s too heavy will sink abruptly, making the presentation unnatural. That’s why most of these micro soft plastics are matched to jigheads around 1 to 5grams. How heavy a jighead to use depends on the technique you’ll be using. Do you intend to hop the soft plastic off the bottom? Then a relatively heavier jighead will be ideal. Or will you be leaving the soft plastic to drift with the current? Depending on the current speed, you’d then select a jighead accordingly to position your soft plastic in the water column.

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Drifting Gomoku Soft micro plastics in fast currents is a deadly technique for Trevally.

ULTRA LIGHT SETUP

To fish the Gomoku Soft micro soft plastics effectively, ultra light or finesse tackle is highly recommended. Unlike larger hardbaits or soft plastics, you’ll hardly feel any resistance or vibrations from these micro soft plastics on the retrieve. It’s almost as if you’re retrieving a bare hook on the other end of the line! Be assured though, that predators can hone in on them, whether by sight or from the very minute vibrations created as the lure travels in the water. 1-4lb or 2-6lb rated rods are fine for most situations. A good quality graphite rod with a sensitive tip is advantageous as it can easily pick up the slightest taps or bites. I personally enjoy using the Rapala RFS Finesse Series Elegance 2-6lb spinning rod. It’s extremely sensitive and does the job well of handling medium-sized Peacock Bass or big Sagai (Longfin Trevally). Paired with a Daiwa Luvias 1003 loaded with 150m of Rapala Rapinova PE#0.4 braid and a short length of Rapinova 8lb FC leader, this setup covers most of my outings with the Gomoku Soft micro soft plastics. As for jigheads, a good range that will cover most freshwater and saltwater applications would be 1.8g, 2.5g and 3.5g weights.

Chao Phraya Catfish with Storm Gomoku Soft Straight

Even aggresive predators like this Chao Phraya Catfish occasionally take small stuff, in this case, the Gomoku Soft Straight.

Chao Phraya Catfish with Storm Gomoku Soft Straight

Here’s a closer look at the bite-sized snack

HOW TO WORK THE GOMOKU SOFT SERIES

Catching different species in saltwater and freshwater requires different techniques, rigging methods and strategies. Below are just some suggestions you may wish to try with the Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring and Gomoku Soft Straight. Do bear in mind though that these are not the ONLY ways to work these soft plastics. You may want to experiment a bit to see what works for your local species and fishing conditions. For the suggestions below, we rig them with a standard jighead between 1.8 to 3.5 grams.

Barramundi with Storm Gomoku Bulky Ring

The Gomoku Bulky Ring rigged on a 3.5g jighead with a straight retrieve just off the bottom has been fooling plenty of Barra from D’Best Fishing Pond at Pasir Ris.

1. STRAIGHT RETRIEVE

This method works great for the Bulky Ring. Cast it out, let it sink a bit and retrieve slowly and steadily whether mid-water of just off the bottom. You can add a bit of variation to the retrieve too, for example, pausing every once in a while before resuming your retrieve. The pause actually causes the lure to suddenly stop swimming and sink. This sudden abrupt action often triggers reaction bites. Don’t worry if you don’t feel any pulsating vibration when you’re retrieving the lure. The Bulky Ring’s little ‘heart-shaped’ tail lets off very subtle vibrations that might not be felt at all by the angler but can be picked up by the fish in the water.

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The little ‘heart-shaped’ tail of the Bulk Ring gives off very minute vibrations in the water.

Baung on Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring

Lift and drop works well for deeper waters.

2. LIFT AND DROP

This method works for both the Bulky Ring and Soft Straight. Let the rig sink all the way to the bottom. Then lift the rod tip to about 10 o’clock position and quickly let it down again. Pick up any slack line and then repeat the lift-and-drop action. This causes the lure to hop off the bottom, which can be very deadly for bottom-feeding fish. Again, you can experiment with your retrieval, whether to hop the bottom in short, sharp movements or with high and easy sweeps of the rod tip. You don’t want to use a jighead that’s too heavy for this method. Otherwise the drop may be too abrupt and frighten off cautious fish, rather than draw them in.

Storm Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring Soft Straight

It’s amazing how Longfin Trevally can zoom in on such a micro-sized soft plastic!

3. DRIFTING IN THE CURRENT

This technique has been proven extremely effective on Trevally species off Singapore’s southern islands for anglers fishing from an anchored boat. For this technique to work well, the current needs to be moving fairly quickly and the boat positioned up-current from some fish-congregating structure. The rigged Bulky Ring or Soft Straight is allowed to drift on free-spool with the current to where the fish are likely to be hunting down their prey. Once the lure has entered the ‘strike zone’, engage the reel and hang on. You can twitch the lure a little with the rod tip. Don’t retrieve any line though. This subtle movement of the rod tip makes the lure move only very slightly, resembling a tiny baitfish holding its position against the current. If there are no bites after a while, you may wish to allow the lure to drift further or deeper to search for the fish. Pay attention to tiny nibbles, which Longfin Trevally (Sagai) love to do on the Gomoku Soft lures. They nibble ever so delicately but do be prepared for a streaking run when you set the hook! This method not only works for Sagai but also other species such as Yellow-tail Scads, Hard-tail Scads and Fusiliers, just to name a few.

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“And there she goes!!”

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Drifting is an exciting way to catch Sagai!

The Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring and Gomoku Soft Straight micro soft plastics are now available at Riverland Tackle (Changi Village), Sincere Fishing Tackles (Yishun), Joe Fishing Tackle (Beach Road), Big Fish @ The Helping Hand (Serangoon) and E-Waves Fishbyte (Clementi).

Have an interesting way of catching fish with the Storm Gomoku Soft series? We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line at info@fishonmag.com and tell us!

HOW TO CATCH SAGAI WITH GOMOKU SOFT MICRO SOFT PLASTICS

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Terbitan Majalah Sirip bulan Ogos 2015. Penterjemahan oleh En. Halimi Hanip. 

STORM ARASHI – Berkemungkinan gewang luar biasa yang paling mudah digunakan.
Prakata di atas adalah satu kenyataan yang berani. Tetapi itulah yang Hiroshi Takahashi (pereka gewang Storm) maksudkan apabila beliau mereka-bentuk gewang Storm Arashi. Menurut Hiroshi, platform Storm Arashi diilhamkan daripada keperluan untuk gewang jenis crankbait yang mudah digunakan.

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Crankbait yang ideal perlulah boleh dilontar jauh, mudah dikarau, berenang cantik sebaik keluar dari kotak dan yang paling penting, mempunyai aksi menggoda ikan yang sangat menarik. Storm Arashi memenuhi semua keperluan di atas. Jadi kenapa ia begitu istimewa?

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Lidah Papan Litar

Penggunaan material papan litar yang nipis, namun kuat dan tahan lasak pada lidahnya telah menghidupkan aksi luar biasa gewang ini. Berbanding lidah acuan konvensional, papan litar nipis mempunyai daya rintangan lebih rendah apabila gewang dikarau. Ini juga bermakna Storm Arashi dapat mencapai aksi maksimumnya walaupun pada kelajuan perlahan.

Satu lagi kelebihannya ialah keupayaan untuk kekal stabil pada kelajuan sangat tinggi. Ini penting terutama apabila mencari ikan di kawasan yang luas atau apabila terdapat keperluan mengilat laju bagi mencetuskan sambaran ikan yang agresif.

Arashi Rotated Hook Hangers

Penyangkut Mata Kail Berputar

Gewang konvensional mempunyai penyangkut mata kail yang sejajar dengan muncung gewang. Walaupun konfigurasi ini baik untuk mata tiga yang sesuai, namun peluang untuk mata tiga tersekat agak tinggi apabila mata tiga lebih besar digunakan.

Dengan memutar penyangkut ini sebanyak 90 darjah, sudut pergerakan mata tiga adalah terhad, justeru mencegah sekatan apabila mata tiga lebih besar digunakan. Kedudukan ini juga memastikan mata tiga terletak lebih rapat dengan badan gewang untuk aksi yang lebih cantik.

Storm Arashi Self Tuning Line Tie

Titik Ikatan Talaan Sendiri

Di tengah-tengah titik ikatan talaan sendiri pada gewang ini adalah satu rekaan pergerakan bebas berpaten yang memastikan renangan gewang melurus sebaik keluar dari kotak. Memang sukar bagi crankbait jenis terapung untuk mencapai kestabilan pada kelajuan tinggi. Walau bagaimanapun, titik ikatan pergerakan bebas ini mempermudahkannya.

BARISAN STORM ARASHI

Storm Arashi Silent Square

Arashi Silent Square

Model ini berenang secara goyangan dan gelekan yang bernyawa. Keapungan membantu ia melepasi halangan dan reka bentuk lidah bersegi meningkatkan pemesongan yang sempurna apabila berlanggar struktur. Seperti namanya, ia tidak bergemerincing untuk pendekatan senyap kepada ikan yang berwaspada di air cetek.

Silent Square dilengkapi mata tiga VMC nikel hitam premium. Terdapat dalam dua model iaitu ASQS03 dengan panjang badan 2-1 / 8” selaman 3 kaki, dan ASQS05 dengan panjang badan 2-3 / 8” selaman 5 kaki.

Arashi Rattling Flat

Arashi Rattling Flat

Ia adalah gewang pemburu yang sempurna dalam perairan terbuka. Bahagian sisi ratanya membalikkan kekilatan yang tinggi, menarik perhatian visual manakala aksi gemerincingan merenjiskan getaran tinggi untuk menarik sang ikan. Model terapung yang berukuran 2-1 / 8” ini dilengkapi mata kail VMC nikel hitam premium dan mampu menyelam sehingga 7 kaki.


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Arashi Rattling Deep

Rattling Deep berenang dengan gelekan sederhana, tetapi tendangan ekor sangat kencang. Model selaman dalam berukuran 2-3 / 8” ini mempunyai bebola tunggal besar untuk menjana frekuensi yang rendah dan reka bentuknya berdaya lontaran jauh dengan tepat. Ia dilengkapi mata tiga VMC nikel hitam premium dan mampu menyelam sedalam 10 kaki.

 

 

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Storm Adventure

Storm Southeast Asia announces the arrival of the Storm Adventure, a new lure-casting rod priced aggressively to bring the joy of lure fishing to more anglers. Equipped with genuine Fuji reel seat and complete Fuji guide set, the Storm Adventure is absolutely value for money with a price tag that’s way less than you’d imagine! The Storm Adventure comes in a range of different tapers, from regular fast to extra fast and in both spinning and casting models.

SPECIFICATIONS

Model Length Piece Lure Weight Line Rating Action Type
AVC662ULF 6’6″ 2 pc 1/8 – 1/4oz 2-6lb Fast Casting
AVC662LX 6’6″ 2 pc 3/16 – 3/8oz 4-10lb Extra Fast Casting
AVC662MLX 6’6″ 2 pc 3/16 – 1/2oz 6-12lb Extra Fast Casting
AVC662MF 6’6″ 2 pc 1/4 – 3/4oz 8-17lb Regular Fast Casting
AVC662MH 6’6″ 2 pc 1/4 – 1oz 10-20lb Fast Casting
AVS662ULF 6’6″ 2 pc 1/8 – 1/4oz 2-6lb Fast Spinning
AVS662LX 6’6″ 2 pc 3/16 – 3/8oz 4-10lb Extra Fast Spinning
AVS662MLX 6’6″ 2 pc 3/16 – 1/2oz 6-12lb Extra Fast Spinning
AVS702MF 7’0″ 2 pc 3/16 – 3/4oz 6-16lb Fast Spinning
AVS702MHF 7’0″ 2 pc 1/4 – 1oz 8-20lb Fast Spinning
AVS662MHF 6’6″ 2 pc 1/4 – 1oz 10-20lb Fast Spinning

 

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The long-awaited slow-jigging rod from Storm has finally arrived. The new Gomoku Adajo is designed to work slow-style jigs easily with each pitch or crank. The Gomoku Adajo is built on a 30 & 40 ton blend graphite blank with a slow taper for optimal recoil when working slow jigs up to 300 grams (PE3 model). Jigging upstrokes are less taxing on the angler and the optimal recoil allows for a greater tension ‘free-fall’ on the drop to bring out the slow jig’s optimal fluttering action.

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Storm Gomoku Adajo

The Adajo features 30 & 40 ton blend graphite blank

Storm Gomoku Adajo

Fuji T-DPS reel seat

Storm Gomoku Adajo

Optimal recoil for slow jigs

Storm Gomoku Adajo

Fuji Alconite Guides

STORM GOMOKU ADAJO SPECIFICATIONS

Model Power Rating Length Jig Weight Piece
AJC631-1 PE 1 6’3″ Max 100g 1 pc
AJC631-2 PE 2 6’3″ Max 200g 1 pc
AJC631-3 PE 3 6’3″ Max 300g 1 pc

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Probably one of the most anticipated jigging reels from Daiwa this year has to be the 2015 Daiwa Saltiga overhead. Launched at this year’s Japan Fishing Show in Yokohama, the Daiwa Saltiga comes in two sizes: 10 and 15 in 5.1 and 6.4 retrieve ratios.

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DAIWA SALTIGA 10/15

The new Saltiga overhead is a very compact reel with an oversized gearbox. For greater longevity on the water, Daiwa placed its proprietary MAGSEAL ball bearing on its pinion, similar to the 2014 magsealed Ryoga Bay Jigging reels. It is also features ATD (Automatic Tournament Drag), Daiwa’s latest implementation of a new proprietary grease on their drag washers to enable a very smooth and consistent start up drag pressure right from the start.

The new 2015 Saltiga is available in 2 sizes – 10 and 15, in 2 retrieve ratios: 5.1 (retrieves 80cm per turn) and 6.4 (retrieves 100cm per turn). The size 10 takes in 300m of PE #2 line or 200m of PE #3 while the size 15 takes 500m of PE #2 line and 300m of PE #3. The reel also comes with a nifty neoprene reel pouch for protection against nicks during travel. Nice!

DAIWA SALTIGA SPECIFICATIONS

Model Handle Weight(g) Line Retrieval Ratio Drag(kg) Line Cap.(PE./m) Bearings
10 RIGHT 405 80 cm 5.1 9 2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200 8+1
10H RIGHT 405 100 cm 6.4 8 2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200 8+1
10HL LEFT 405 100 cm 6.4 8 2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200 8+1
15 RIGHT 405 80 cm 5.1 9 2-500, 2.5-400, 3-300 8+1
15H RIGHT 405 100 cm 6.4 8 2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200 8+1
15HL LEFT 405 100 cm 6.4 8 2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200 8+1

 

 

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Daiwa Saltiga 15H 2015   Daiwa Saltiga 15H 2015   Daiwa Saltiga 15H 2015

Saltiga 10HL 2015   Saltiga 10HL 2015   Saltiga 10HL 2015

Saltiga 10HL 2015   Saltiga 10HL 2015   Saltiga 10HL 2015

 

 

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Since Lauri Rapala crafted the very first Original Floating Rapala in 1936, classic Rapala lures have become synonymous with that signature Rapala wounded-minnow action – made only possible from premium balsa wood that give them their responsive, life-like action.

Close up of the Scatter Rap CountDown

Close up of the Scatter Rap CountDown

It is no surprise therefore when Rapala introduced the Scatter Rap series in 2013, balsa wood was the material of choice. When fitted with newly designed swimming lips that somewhat resembled Pringle potato-chips, classic balsa wood shads and minnows were transformed into entirely different baits.

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The Rapala Scatter Rap CountDown

Scatter Rap Count Down Front View

Scattering, Evasive Action

Conventional ‘wounded-baitfish’ lures swim in a linear fashion and present themselves as easy meals for predators. On the other hand, lures that are capable of sudden movements and directional changes often trigger reaction strikes from predatory species. In fact, many experienced anglers know that one of the key techniques to trigger bites from predatory fish is to work a lure in such a way that it darts about, suddenly changing directions, as if it’s a baitfish in panic mode. Very often this involves some fancy rod tip work and wrist-snapping that beginners may find rather difficult to immediately pick up.

The evasive action triggers the predatory instinct of fish

The evasive action triggers the predatory instinct of fish

To catch fish with a Rapala Scatter Rap, there’s no need for elaborate rod-tip maneuvers or wrist motions. The Scatter Rap’s Scatter Lip creates an erratic and evasive sweeping action with directional changes that imitates a spooked baitfish trying to escape a predator’s attack. All that is needed is a steady retrieve with minor changes in the retrieve speed and the Scatter Rap will weave side to side attractively. Experienced anglers will need to resist the temptation of twitching or jerking the Scatter Rap lures as they work best with a straight retrieve and have the built-in ability to change directions on their own.

Bee simply loves the Fire Tiger Scatter Rap CountDown

Scatter Rap CountDown worked fabulously on Sebarau

Scatter Rap CountDown worked fabulously in Thailand too

Bee simply loves the Fire Tiger Scatter Rap CountDown

A nice one by Yu Hock on Scatter Rap CountDown Perch

A nice one by Yu Hock on Scatter Rap CountDown Perch

Scatter Rap Series

The Rapala Scatter Rap series of lures are built upon classic Rapala body shapes. The Scatter Rap Minnow resembles an Original Floating Rapala. The Scatter Rap CountDown is almost identical to the evergreen Rapala CountDown. The Scatter Rap Shad takes on the classic Shad Rap’s tried-and-true shad shape while the Scatter Rap Crank looks similar to a DT series crankbait. Each lure has a uniquely-designed Scatter Lip to match their application.

Scatter Rap Shad GALB

Temensis that fell for the Scatter Rap Shad in Golden Alburnus pattern (Photo by DaFisho)

I had the privilege of fishing with the Rapala Scatter Rap series for a few outings in dams and land-based arenas and have found the Scatter Rap CountDown to be my firm favourite, followed by the Scatter Rap Crank and Scatter Rap Shad.

Peacock Bass that have wised up to conventional swimming lures can be fooled by the Scatter Raps action

Peacock Bass that have wised up to conventional swimming lures can be fooled by the Scatter Rap’s action

Scatter Rap CountDown (Fire Perch) scores!

Scatter Rap CountDown (Fire Minnow) scores!

The 7-gram Scatter Rap CountDown casts well on a light setup and mirrors the classic CountDown’s ability to sink to the desired depth where the fish are holding. The evasive action of the Scatter Rap CountDown is perfect for fishing rocky ground or rock bunds where baitfish often hide among the crevices (hint: reservoir rock bunds!). Retrieve at moderate speed and the Scatter Rap CountDown will weave left and right among the rocks, just like a panicky baitfish darting for cover among the rocks. I was actually surprised how deadly this natural-looking, evasive action with a simple, straight retrieve (without any twitching or jerking) was able to fool wary Peacock Bass and even several nice-sized Haruan from heavily-fished waters.

A huge Haruan fooled by the Scatter Rap CountDown's evasive sweeping action

A huge Haruan fooled by the Scatter Rap CountDown’s evasive sweeping action

This Big Haruan took a Scatter Rap Countdown Fire Minnow pattern

Close up of the Scatter Rap Countdown in Fire Minnow pattern

The Scatter Rap Crank comes in two versions: The standard Scatter Rap Crank which has a listed swimming depth of between 1.8 to 2.4 metres and the Scatter Rap Crank Deep, with a listed swimming depth of 3 to 3.6 metres. This scattering crankbait is a great searching lure for deeper waters. ‘Lombong’ (mining pond) Haruan hunters will love this crankbait for its ability to cover a relatively larger area by its evasive action. The deep version is also ideal for gregarious Toman, such as those Air Ganda ‘gangsters’ – as the erratic, evasive action adds another dimension to trigger their predatory instincts. A note of caution though; since the Scatter Rap Crank is only 5cm in length, the possibility of the whole lure being engulfed and bitten off by a Toman is highly possible!

Haruan on Rapala Scatter Rap Crank

Another Haruan on Rapala Scatter Rap Crank

The new Scatter Rap Crank Deep. Great for Toman!

The new Scatter Rap Crank Deep. Great for Toman!

Kok Ping with nice Toman on Scatter Rap Deep (photo by Kok Ping)

Kok Ping with nice Toman on Scatter Rap Crank Deep (photo by Kok Ping)

Kok Ping with nice Toman on Scatter Rap Deep (photo by Kok Ping)1

Close up of the Toman with Scatter Rap Crank Deep 

The Rapala Scatter Rap Shad

The Rapala Scatter Rap Shad

The Scatter Rap Shad responds to different retrieval speeds. A slower retrieve speed creates subtle side sweeps while a faster retrieve amplifies the evasive action with aggressive direction changes and tighter kicking action. The first few fishes I caught on the Scatter Rap Shad were Sebarau from a running stream flushing into an area full of aquatic plants sitting just about two to three feet under water. The depth was just nice to swim the Scatter Rap Shad close to the plants, making it look like some forage fish darting about the shallows. As the shad zig-zagged back to the boat, a dark shadow shot out from the depths to snatch the bait. Gotcha! It was definitely no coincidence as two more Sebarau were landed in similar fashion thereafter!

Demon pattern on the Scatter Rap Shad

Demon pattern on the Scatter Rap Shad

Fred very pleased with Rapala Scatter Rap Shad's performance

Fred looking pleased with Rapala Scatter Rap Shad’s performance

Light Tackle For Optimum Performance

Scatter Rap CountDown and Shad cast best with light tackle. I personally enjoy casting them on a 3-8lb outfit such as the Rapala RFS Zephyr 3-8lb paired with Daiwa SS Air with Sufix Nanobraid or Daiwa Pixy SPR and Sufix 832 6lb. The thinner diameter line not only allows the Scatter Raps to cast a little further but also makes the lures livelier and more responsive. On the other hand, Scatter Rap Crank Deep can be cast with relatively heavier tackle of 4-10lb or 6-12lb equivalents.

Light tackle is preferred to cast Scatter Raps further - I personally enjoy using Rapala RFS Zephyr 3-8lb with Daiwa SS Air and 8lb Sufix Nanobraid

Light tackle is preferred to cast Scatter Raps further – I personally enjoy using Rapala RFS Zephyr 3-8lb with Daiwa SS Air and 8lb Sufix Nanobraid

At a glance, Rapala Scatter Raps look like their classic counterparts but in reality, their actions in the water are far from the same. Their evasive, baitfish-fleeing action perfectly complement existing Rapala lures that swim with a wounded baitfish action. When fish have become accustomed to the linear swimming action of conventional swimming lures, the sweeping, evasive action of Scatter Raps can possibly turn the tables of fortune for the angler. Remember, don’t twitch or jerk. Just retrieve steadily and let the Scatter Rap do the fish catching!

Even Green Chromide were interested in Scatter Rap Countdown

Even Green Chromide were interested in Scatter Rap Countdown

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Slow jigging fever with Storm Gomoku KOIKA has reached the Maldives! The Rapala South East Asia team recently embarked on a light tackle, slow jigging excursion to the Maldives, armed with Storm Gomoku rods and KOIKA jigs. From pelagics to demersals, the following catch report showcases the Storm KOIKA’s effectiveness in courting all sorts of Maldivian species. Daniel Wan reports. Photos contributed by KF Leong, Adrian Soh and Yu Hock. 

GOMOKU’ING THE MALDIVES

It’s one thing to catch fish on slow jigging tackle and it’s quite another to catch fish on light slow jigging tackle. Although the ‘white’ Gomoku range of rods (Keiryo PE0.4-1, Erito PE0.8-1.5 and Kaiten PE1-3) were not designed as dedicated slow jigging tackle, they are versatile enough to use for our slow-style jigging. Previous trips to the Maldives usually meant jigging with medium to heavy tackle. This time around, we’d be jigging with primarily the Storm Gomoku rods and Koika jigs.

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Slow Jigging

Slow Jigging the Maldives with Gomoku rods and KOIKA jigs

JIGGING TACKLE DATA

Reels: Daiwa Ryoga Bay Jigging 2025PE-H, Saltiga 10 & 15, Tatula HD, Zillion PE Special, Certate 2500, Shimano Conquest, Shimano Stradic, Rapala Rage
Rods: Storm Gomoku Keiryo PE0.4-1, Erito PE0.8-1.5, Kaiten PE1-3 & prototype Gomoku ‘Slow-tuned’ rod
Jigs: Storm Gomoku Koika 40g, 60g, 80g, 100g, 150g, 200g, Storm Gomame 80g, 100g, Storm Super Gomoku 100g
Lines: Sufix 832 6lb, 10lb, 20lb, Sufix 832 Multi Colour PE2
Leader: Sufix Invisiline Fluorocarbon & Superior Leader 20lb, 25lb, 30lb, 40lb, 60lb, 80lb
Hook: VMC 7117 Slow Jigging Assist 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0

Mas Hibaru

Our live-on board vessel, Mas Hibaru

Spacious front deck of Mas Hibaru

Spacious front deck of Mas Hibaru

The Maldives

After travelling many hours up north, we finally arrive at our destination

Cast, cast away

Cast, cast away!

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

We never had empty stomachs, from breakfast till supper

Steamed Coral Trout Mas Hibaru

We even had steamed Coral Trout for meals!

Egg Salad Mas Hibaru

Pasta was excellent!

Mas Hibaru Food

And oooh, my favourite, fried chicken!

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First few fish of the day – Coronation Trout on KOIKA (Pink Zebra)

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Fred then scores with KOIKA Green Sardine

Ryan's catch on the Gomoku Koika

The Pink Zebra KOIKA worked for Ryan, whether Emperor…

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… or Coral Trout

Rain Maldives

And all of a sudden, the skies opened and it rained! Rain, rain go away! We want to jig-a-jig today!

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Green Jobfish visited us after the shower (KOIKA UV Chartreuse Zebra)

Long nose Emperor Gomoku KOIKA

We soon started catching a number of Long-Nosed Emperors on 80g and 100g KOIKA jigs

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Daniel Soh scores a whopper Emperor on a 100g KOIKA

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The naturalistic Green Sardine did the job

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Almost simultaneously Fred Goh gets a biggie too! Not surprisingly, on the Green Sardine too!

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Double Hook-up, double happiness!

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Really good specimens

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Fred engaged with a good fish in 80m of water with the Kaiten PE1-3

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Turned out to be a whopping Rosy Jobfish! 

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Interestingly, non-luminous patterns like the Green Sardine worked really well in deep water

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These Coral Trout pulled really hard

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Maldivian sunset

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The Emperors even came to visit at night. (notice the non-luminous KOIKA Green Sardine?)

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Emperors came by in the morning too

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Good morning Mr Bluefin Trevally! (on Storm Super Gomoku 100g)

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Yu Hock then caught this big mouth shortly after

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More Rosy Jobfish came on board

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More Emperor action in the late morning

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Followed by Yellowfin Grouper

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A sneak peek at the prototype Gomoku ‘Slow-tuned’ rod

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Blackfin went for the ‘Nemo’!

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Once in a while, Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo would swipe the KOIKA jigs on the fall.

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The Yellowfins came on board. The Wahoos didn’t.

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Ryan engaged in epic battle!

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Ryan triumphs! On Storm KOIKA 100g Naked Flash

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Thunder Jigs plucked a few trevallies

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Golden Trevally – a rare catch in the Maldives! Caught on Super Gomoku 100g

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Daniel Soh tricks an Emperor into striking a UVSB KOIKA

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Storm Super Gomoku jig never fails Leong. Plenty fun on Keiryo PE0.4-1

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The KOIKA Naked Flash’s shimmery flash is deadly! 

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Meal times are happy times on board Mas Hibaru

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We hop off one of the islands to reload supplies

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No early birds out and about yet…

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One by one…. the fishermen go about their routines with the rising sun

Micro jigging Maldives

Leong’s early morning micro jigging sortie yields results

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Yu Hock lands a few too!

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We hit the drop offs and on the first pass, Adrian hooked up an unknown monster

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We love GOMOKU!

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It’s not difficult to see why Fred loves KOIKA Green Sardine

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Who says Pink Zebra is for softies?

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Bonitos were plenty!

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Another interesting catch on Storm MCJ Micro Jig!

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Little Bluefin roamed the shallower reefs

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With the occasional good Jobs!

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Super Gomoku jigs have a beautiful fluttering action when paused

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After several bust offs, Daniel Wan finally gets connected

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BURP!

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Titan Triggerfish also found the KOIKA jigs irresistible…

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…and so did the groupers!

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More Emperors came up

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They fought very hard on PE0.8-1.5 Erito

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Our Captain mentioned this was one of the few trips that saw this many good-sized Emperors landed!

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Another reefie for the record

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‘Good Job’ Leong!

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Were we sick of Emperors? Heck no!

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Coral Trouts were a good break in between Emperors

Daniel Soh and Bonito

Check out the size of this Bonito on the KOIKA UVCGZ

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We had countless Big Eye and Black Jack actions every night. Casting lumo Storm SX-Soft VIBs on 6lb tackle was super exciting!

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Yu Hock worked out an ‘auto-hookup’ rhythm with 60g & 80g KOIKA jigs for the Black Jacks

Ryan Soh

Ryan was mighty pleased with this GT

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The next day’s jigging was a little more rewarding for some

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Jobbies came with the Emperors

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They came in different sizes, patterns and colours

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Fred scores another whopper with the KOIKA Pink Zebra

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Seemed like Pink Zebra was the colour of the day for Fred

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Daniel’s Grey Tip Shark landed with the Storm Gomoku Kaiten PE1-3! 

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Check out the vibrant blue spots on this Coral Trout!

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They aren’t called Titans for nothing!

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Incredible Hock very pleased with a Yellowfin on KOIKA Black Zebra

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Some spots held so many table-sized groupers that it was almost 1 drop, 1 bite!

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Green Jobfish took jigs a little higher off the bottom

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Yu Hock at it again at night with the Black Jacks. There was never a dull moment!

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Another beautiful day awaits…

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When the currents were slow, 60g KOIKA enticed passive fish like this Emperor to hit

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Yu Hock enjoyed to the max with the super light Keiryo PE0.4-1

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Leong couldn’t agree more!

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The morning Job

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“You lookin’ at me, kiddo?”

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Direct confrontation with a dogged fighter 

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The Incredible Hock prevails!

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KOIKA 150g UVSB

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Prototype Gomoku ‘Slow-tuned’ dealing with a protesting fish

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No high-sticking here, just letting the rod do its work

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And another Emperor emerges! 

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150g KOIKA UVSB armed with VMC 7117 slow jigging assists 

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A GT fooled by the same offering

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We looked forward to GT encounters

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Beautiful Yellowfin Grouper displaying its assets

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Super Gomoku 100g jigged with long strokes

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Super Gomoku 100g also worked great for high-speed jigging

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Slightly bigger Yellowfin Grouper by slow-jigging the KOIKA

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Bye-bye Mr Sun… we’ll see you tomorrow

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Foul hooked on the Storm SX Soft VIB

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One of Ryan’s Big-eye Trevallies

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Our last jigging spot mostly yielded Rosy Jobfish

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Fred Goh showing one of the larger specimens

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UVSB KOIKA produced the goods

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Dan and Yu Hock with a double header. Their smiles say it all.

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Farewell Maldives. We’ll see you again real soon!

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