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Srinakarin Dam is one of the biggest dams located in the Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand.  Well known for it’s lush forest and green hills, it is also a place that can offer decent good fishing as Fred found out.

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The water level is low since the raining season has been late this year. Finding the fish will be a real challenge. Fred’s plan is to fish small crank baits along the rocky drop off.

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Good start when a Giant Snakehead took a liking for the Rapala Shad Dancer 5cm in Hot Tiger colour.

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Casting at all the likely spots produced no fish and Fred was blessed to chance upon a river that holds fish.

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Refusing to give up on the idea that the rocky drop off holds no fish, Fred downsized the lure to a 4 cm Shad Dancer in Fire Tiger colour and got rewarded with a nice Hampala immediately.

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The change of lure and the colour seemed to work wonders as another nice size Hampala is caught

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Towards the end of the trip, when casting the same lure along a rocky outcrop, Fred had a good take and a nice Giant Snakehead was landed on his BFS setup.

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Rompin is one of the most popular fishing destinations in Malaysia for many Singaporean. Though it is well known for the Sailfish fishing but there are many more other species to catch. 

Samuel, a frequent angler to Rompin decided to show Fred and his friends what Rompin can offer besides Sailfish.

 

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Samuel with a good size Cobia on the cast, using the all new Rapala XRMAG Cast.

 

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As the day went by, Samuel chanced upon a decent size Queenfish.

 

Spanish Mackerel is one of the most sort after fish, being popular on the plate and exciting to catch.  Casting heavy  sinking minnow is a very effective way of catching them.

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When the anglers are tired of casting, it is good to relax those aching muscles and do some squid fishing. Not only it is fun but no one can deny how good fresh squid taste.

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The group decided to try casting for Sailfish using pencil and poppers, and they are rewarded with some Barracuda as well.

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Towards the end of the trip, the group met a school of Giant Trevally that were smashing bait school and some nice size ones are landed.

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Tip-Run Eging game?? This sounds very foreign to Fred but being a curious angler, he decided to check this game out with expert Eging angler , Michael Siew.

Discussion on the Tackle use between Fred & Michael Siew

Discussion on the tackle use between Fred & Michael Siew

Michael explained to Fred that Tip Run Eging is catching squid from a boat instead of the standard shore Eging.

The Tip Run Egi jigs looks similar like the standard Egi jigs except they are heavier, ranging from 30 to 50g usually.

Tip-Run egi jig

Tip-Run egi jig

Different brands of Tip-Run

Different brands of Tip-Run

Rapinova PE0.6 loaded and ready

Rapinova PE0.6 loaded and ready

Bait casitng outfit is preferred as the feel is better and it is easier to work the Egi jig .P1022607

Technique is simple and easy, 4-5 sharp jerk of the rod to work the Egi jig off the bottom, followed by a long pause. Drop the Egi jig back to the bottom if there is no reaction from the squid and repeat.

Michael Siew handing the squid correctly preventing a mess

Michael Siew handing the squid correctly preventing a mess

Only ''Arrow'' on the trip

Only ”Arrow” on the trip

Beautiful squid caught on Tip-Run

Beautiful squid caught on Tip-Run

Double hooked up!

Double hooked up!

Happy man

Happy man

Handling properly to prevent a mess

Handling properly to prevent a mess

Here is the Champion

Here is the Champion

Black squid fought hardest?

Black squid fought hardest?

Light tackle for maximum fun

Light tackle for maximum fun

Ready for dinner

Ready for dinner

There are so many ways of eating the catches and all are delicious.

What a way to end the day!

What a way to end the day!

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Fred had the opportunity to fish with Tan Ho Hong who is well known to his friends as ”King of Grouper Casting”. Ho Hong, better known as Ah Hong, has always been very successful catching the groupers on deep diving lures and is keen to show Fred how it is done.

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Fred and Ho Hong meeting each other in the morning

The pair spent some good time sharing about the types of lures and also where to cast.

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Ho Hong and Fred having a discussion on which lures to use

 

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Both of them casting

Not wanting to ”eat ice-cream” local term for zero catch day, Ho Hong cheekily invited Fred to try his ”secret weapon” which is a rig that dangles micro soft bait for small fishes.

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Ho Hong showing his secret weapon

Soon it was lunch time and both of them decided to take a break instead. Nothing beats a good lunch on boat!

Both enjoying lunch!

Both enjoying lunch!

It was back to fishing after a good lunch. Fred took Ho Hong¹s advice to use a shallower diver and cast nearer to the breakers, this advice worked and Fred got an unexpected hit.  The fish fell for the Rapala Risto Rap 9cm in Chrome colour and though putting up a good fight, it was soon subdued by Fred’s Rapala Vaaksy rod.

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At last, something is on the line for Fred Goh!

 

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Fred with a grouper on Rapala Risto Rap in 9cm

Fred decided to rest and take a jibe at Ho Hong for not trying harder to catch a fish.

Fred shaking his leg after his grouper

Fred shaking his leg after his grouper

Fishing was indeed tough for that day and Ho Hong blanked out, something that seldom happens to him. Sportingly he decided to treat Fred to ice cream after the trip, wishing that this will not ever happen again…

Both having a great time eating ice-cream together & wishing it will not happen again

Both having a great time eating ice-cream together 

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強波動S字アクションとフォールで魅せる!喰わす!
その卓越した潮噛み性能により、水面下での潮流の変化を感じ取り、攻撃的なゲーム展開が可能。リトリーブ、フォール時に強いS字波動を生み出す事で、高活性でその波動を好む真鯛はもちろん、それを嫌う真鯛にも「威嚇」もしくは「攻撃系」バイトを誘発。タイラバのルアーフィッシングとしてのゲーム性を徹底追及した、北九州GROOVE船長 加藤 誠氏完全監修のタイラバ “SNAPPER BALL” がシリーズ第一弾として登場!!

ビデオ本編はまもなく公開!!

DOCAN Snapper Ball

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No compromises if you’re chasing that fish of a lifetime. You’ll want a rod that’s strong enough to take on monsters yet light enough to cast all day without feeling your arms are going to drop off. It’s got to be built tough and durable so you’ll never have to worry when you’re heading for the most remote fishing locations.

Rapalero 2018

The 2018 Rapalero rod is more than just a facelift from the classic Rapala rod that was introduced way back in 2009. The 2009 Rapalero came in a wide range of line ratings in spinning and casting models. It quickly became popular thanks to the iconic red-coloured blank, which was also built durable and strong. Rod building technology has advanced over the past decade and with the adoption of new materials and more efficient rod manufacturing processes, rod blanks that are lighter, stronger and more durable are now much more affordable than before.

The new Rapalero is built with VTX45 technology, a cross between the use of a new graphite material and blank construction process that offers a kind of durability never seen before in Rapala rods. The result: a super lightweight rod that not only strong, but also extremely tough and durable. In fact, the Rapalero only weighs 114grams – very light for a heavy line rated rod. The taper is also designed in such a way to exert much pressure on the fish but yet comfortable enough for the angler to handle under load.

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Nigel Hagley landed this 80kg plus Queensland Grouper on the Rapalero 15-30lb rod.

The new Rapalero is available in baitcast models of 10-25lb in 7’0″ and 15-30lb in 6’6″ and in 1 and 2-pc models. Perfect if you are looking to land huge Giant or Queensland Groupers from commercial ponds or hard-fighting Papuan Black Bass in the wild. Each rod is equipped with Fuji ECS reel seats and Alconite K-Guides.

RAPALERO SPECIFICATIONS

Model Length Piece Lure Weight Line Rating Type
RRC701H 7’0″ 1 pc 7-32g 10-25lb Baitcasting
RRC661XH 6’6″ 1 pc 14-40g 15-30lb Baitcasting
RRC662XH 6’6″ 2 pc 14-40g 15-30lb Baitcasting

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Can’t get hold of the Rapalero 2018 at your local retailer? Get yours today from E-Waves Fishbyte and Eastackle.

For folks who have been waiting for a jighead that’s strong, extremely sharp and has a high corrosion resistance in saltwater, wait no more! VMC introduces 2 new jigheads specially developed for the South East Asia market to tackle our hard-fighting fish and to suit a wide variety of soft plastics.

VMC7150XJ Barbarian X Jighead 2.5g 3.5g 7g 10g

VMC 7150XJ Barbarian® X Jighead

The 7150XJ Barbarian® X Jighead features VMC®’s Technical Locking Curve, a unique “V” like bend that allows for fast and effortless hook penetration while locking the fish securely upon hookup. The hook’s Technical Locking Curve also offers greater resistance to opening up. The 7150XJ comes in two hook sizes – Size 2 with jighead weights of 2.5 grams and 3.5 grams for finesse fishing and Size 3/0 with jighead weights of 7 grams and 10 grams. Size 2 jighead is an excellent choice for finesse Peacock Bass fishing or Sagai ‘Aji’ing with Storm Gomoku Soft micro soft plastics.

VMC7150XJ Barbarian X Jighead 2.5g 3.5g 7g 10g

VMC 7312WJ Mystic Predator Weedless Jighead

The 7312WJ Mystic Predator weedless jighead is perfect for fishing soft plastics such as the 3.5″ and 4.5″ Trigger X Slop Hopper or Storm’s 4″ So-Run Hypno Grub and Makan Minnow over weedy areas or heavy cover. The worm hook features an extra wide gap for better hookups and slightly elongated point to prevent fish from throwing the hook. The hi-carbon steel wire is also forged for extra strength to handle big fish. The 7312WJ comes in hook size 3/0 and available in jighead weights of 7 grams, 10 grams and 15 grams.

VMC7312WJ Weedless Jighead 7g 10g 15g

Both jighead models feature VMC’s premium Needle Sharp point, a super sharp point that’s the result of a unique point-grinding process and then further chemically sharpened for superb needle-sharp penetration. They are also coated with Tin finishing for greater saltwater corrosion resistance.

Can’t get the VMC jigheads at your local retailer? Get yours today from E-Waves Fishbyte and Eastackle.