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Fred Goh chases down some snag-dwelling Sebarau (Jungle Perch) with the new 6cm Storm Gomoku Popper and Rapala Skitter Pop 9cm. It’s a game of locked drags and fish-wrestling in snaggy terrain! Hold on tight!

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The Gomoku Slow Rocker is the latest slow-style jig from Storm. Designed specially for shallow-water situations and slower currents, this chubby-looking jig slowly flaps and rocks side to side with plenty of ‘air time’ on the fall – deadly for fishes that feed very close to the bottom.

TIP: To obtain the best action from this jig, lift the jig off the bottom with a slow and gentle sweep of the rod on the upstroke, rather than a swift and abrupt sweep. Then let the jig’s falling action attract the bite. Using a slow “yo-yo”-like approach is often more effective than a quick lift-and-fall method.

The Gomoku Slow Rocker is available in 6 colours in 40g, 70g, 90g and 120g weights. Check them out at your nearest Storm dealer!
Gomoku Slow Rocker Gomoku Slow Rocker

Gomoku Slow Rocker

Gomoku Slow Rocker

WATCH VIDEO: CATCHING DIAMOND TREVALLY WITH STORM GOMOKU SLOW ROCKER

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Flat Rap Seluang FLR08-SLG

5th September 2016 Rapala Southeast Asia announces the arrival of Rapala Flat Rap 8cm SLG or “Seluang” pattern. The “Seluang” is the Malay name for the Rasbora, a common baitfish found throughout Malaysia and other parts of Southeast Asia. Of all the classic, fish-catching balsa wood lures from Rapala, the Flat Rap fits the slender minnow profile of the Seluang perfectly. Beautifully illustrated by Nigel Hagley from Singapore, the Flat Rap Seluang is the result of listening to the voices of Southeast Asian anglers asking for a Rapala lure that resembles a local baitfish. The Flat Rap Seluang (SLG) weighs 7grams, has a body length of 8cm and a swimming depth of 0.6-1.2 metres. Check it out at your nearest Rapala dealer today!

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The new Storm Arashi Rattling Deep - big crankbaits for big fish like Toman.

The new Storm Arashi Rattling Deep – big crankbaits for big fish.

The Storm Arashi Rattling Deep gets two new size extensions for 2016. The 22g Arashi Rattling Deep 18 (ADP18) has a body length of 7cm and dives down to 5.5m while the larger Arashi Rattling Deep 25 (ADP25) is 9cm long, weighs 32g and dives to a whopping 7.6m! These are definitely big crankbaits built with big fish in mind.

Side view of the Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 25

Side view of the Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 25

Both the ADP18 and 25 have big profiles and offer plenty of presence in the water to draw big and aggressive predators in. Like the smaller ADP10, these two deep-diving crankbaits features a large single knocker rattle that delivers a low frequency pitch as well as the Arashi-series signature circuit-board lip.

Top view of the Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 25

Top view of the Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 25

Compared to a conventional moulded lip, a circuit board lip is thinner and will have lesser resistance when the lure wobbles from side to side, which translates into lesser effort needed by the angler to work the lure. This also means that Storm Arashi crankbaits are able to achieve its high-pitch action right away even at slow speeds.

Broad circuit board lip is reinforced underneath to prevent breakage

Broad circuit board lip is reinforced underneath to prevent breakage

Given the larger circuit board lip on the ADP18 and 25, both models have moulded reinforcements below the lip to prevent breakage when hitting snags or being chomped down by monsters.

Notice the rotated hook hangers on the Arashi series of hard baits.

Notice the rotated hook hangers on the Arashi series of hard baits.

Most hard bait lures have hook hangers that are in line with the lure’s tow-point. While this configuration is fine for appropriately sized treble hooks, the chances of hook hang-ups are rather high when larger trebles are used. By rotating the hook hanger by 90 degrees, the treble’s angle of movement is limited, therefore preventing hang-ups when hooks up to a size larger are used. This position also ensures the hooks are nestled closer to the lure’s body, offering better action.

Rotated hook hangers on the lure's tail

Rotated hook hangers on the lure’s tail

Since their arrival in Australia, the Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 18 & 25 have been catching big fish – from Yellowbelly to monster Murray Cod. As for us folks in South East Asia, do you think these two crankbaits will win over our local species like Toman, Grouper and Black Bass? There’s only one way to find out!

Lubin Pfeiffer with a monster Murray Cod on Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 25

Lubin Pfeiffer with a monster Murray Cod on Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 25

Say "Ahhhh!" - Photo by Lubin Pfeiffer

Say “Ahhhh!” – Photo by Lubin Pfeiffer

 STORM ARASHI RATTLING DEEP

Model Running Depth Body Length Weight Buoyancy
ADP18 5.5m 7cm 22g Floating
ADP25 7.6m 9cm 32g Floating

 

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Each year, a group of hardcore Gomoku jiggers would descend upon The Maldives for a week-long metal-bouncing pilgrimage. This year, Fred Goh and friends are back once again on Mas Hibaru in search of jig-munching species. Here’s Part 2 of their photo catch report.

Paradise on earth

Paradise on earth

Ready for the battles ahead

Ready for the battles ahead

Getting the rhythm going with the Storm Gomoku Adajo slow jigging rod

Getting the rhythm going with the Storm Gomoku Adajo slow jigging rod

Not exactly huge but definitely hard fighting and super fun!

Not exactly huge but definitely hard fighting and super fun!

Splendid Coral Trout by Thomas

Splendid Coral Trout by Thomas

Drop-offs always produced surprises!

Drop-offs always produced surprises!

A keeper for the table!

A keeper for the table!

Many Yellowfin Grouper were caught on this trip

Many Yellowfin Grouper were caught on this trip

A new species for Andy!

A new species for Andy!

This GT still has a bit of growing up to do

This GT still has a bit of growing up to do

The team were pampered with excellent food on Mas Hibaru throughout the trip

The team were pampered with excellent food on Mas Hibaru throughout the trip

Does this get your mouth watering?

Does this get your mouth watering?

Fresh sashimi!

Fresh sashimi!

The team also hit a Coral Trout patch

The team also hit a Coral Trout patch

Solid Coral Trout by Noel

Solid Coral Trout by Noel

No sweat!

No sweat!

Bananas - an instant energy booster!

Bananas – instant energy booster!

Although there were lesser numbers of Emperors this year compared to last year, they certainly made up in size.

Although there were lesser numbers of Emperors this year compared to last year, they certainly made up in size.

Fred's smile is contagious!

Fred’s smile is contagious!

One of the bigger Yellowfin Groupers caught by Siang. On Koika Orange Zebra

One of the bigger Yellowfin Groupers caught by Siang. On Koika Orange Zebra

Another cracker Job by Thomas

Another cracker Job by Thomas

Solid GT jigged up by Noel

Solid GT jigged up by Noel

Piggy-back jigging!

Piggy-back jigging!

Fred playing the Pied Piper of Maldives!

Fred playing the Pied Piper of Maldives!

Gomoku Koika Green Sardine working very well for Andy

Gomoku Koika Green Sardine working very well for Andy

Amazing colours!

Amazing colours!

Seeing double...

Seeing double…

Somehow the Amberjacks had a penchant for the speedier jigs.

Somehow the Amberjacks had a penchant for the speedier jigs.

Barry's thumper Amberjack from the deeper parts

Barry’s thumper Amberjack from the deeper parts

Green Jobfish were really aggresive and hard fighting

Green Jobfish were really aggresive and hard fighting

Storm Koika is a consistent producer in the Maldives

Storm Koika is a consistent producer in the Maldives

Superb Yellowfin by Thomas

Superb Yellowfin by Thomas

A little Red Bass from the reefs

A little Red Bass from the reefs

Rusty Jobfish offered plenty of fun!

Rusty Jobfish offered plenty of fun!

Many good-sized Jobfish were landed on this trip

Many good-sized Jobfish were landed on this trip

Little rats were still good fun!

Little rats were still good fun!

The Super Gomoku SGS 100g UVSI wielding it's charm

The Super Gomoku SGS 100g UVSI wielding it’s charm

"Hip, hip hoooray!!"

“Hip, hip hoooray!!”

This Amberjack gave Daniel Soh a good run for the money!

This Amberjack gave Daniel Soh a good run for the money!

Tense moments as a biggie takes off!

Tense moments as a biggie takes off!

The deckies patiently waiting as Fred battles an unknown fighter from the deep.

The deckies patiently waiting as Fred battles an unknown fighter from the deep.

It's a Dogtooth!

It’s a Dogtooth!

The Super Gomoku (SGS) 100g jig in UVSI never disappoints!

The Super Gomoku (SGS) 100g jig in UVSI never disappoints!

Another Rosy Job fooled by the Super Gomoku jig (SGS)

Another Rosy Job fooled by the Super Gomoku jig (SGS)

The deeper waters yielded treasures!

The deeper waters yielded treasures!

Having a blast!

Barry and Thomas having a blast!

How's that for 'Double Jigging'?

How’s that for ‘Double Jigging’?

Speed jigging with the Super Gomoku yields results

Speed jigging with the Super Gomoku yields results

Scenes like these were common

Scenes like these were common

Dogfight winner!

Dogfight winner – the Super Gomoku (SGS) jig in UVSI!

The biggest Amberjack from the trip, caught on Super Gomoku (SGS) UVSI

The biggest Amberjack from the trip by Andy, caught on Super Gomoku (SGS)!

Alas... all good things must come to an end...

All good things must come to an end…

The 2016 Maldives 'Pilgrims'

The 2016 Maldives ‘Pilgrims’

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The winner of Sufix 832’s “Win A Fishing Trip Of A Lifetime” competition has been announced!

Congratulations to Adlee Firdaus from Malaysia who has won an all-exclusive fishing trip to Ahvenanmaa, Finland in 2017! Adlee will also get to bring along 2 fishing buddies on this fishing trip which includes paid flights, accommodation and professional guiding service that’s worth more than RM30,000!

Adlee Firdaus

Adlee Firdaus, winner of Sufix 832’s “Win A Fishing Trip of a Lifetime” Competition

Adlee had merely entered his personal details and selected Ahvenanmaa, Finland as his preferred fishing destination in Sufix832.com‘s site to participate in the competition without expecting to win. Naturally, he was over the moon when he was notified that he had won.

Adlee says:

“I would like to say “Thank you” to Rapala VMC for giving me this opportunity to experience a fishing trip in Finland. Cheers!”

Stay tuned to fishonmag.com to follow Adlee and his 2 friends on their fishing adventure to Ahvenanmaa, Finland in 2017!

“Win A Fishing Trip Of A Lifetime” is brought you by Sufix 832, the advanced 8 carrier braided line constructed with 7 Dyneema® fibers + 1 Gore® Performance Fiber at 32 weaves per inch. To find out more, visit sufix832.com. Be sure to also download the new Sufix Fishing Line Guide app (available for both Android and IOS)!

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My friends from the Storm Southeast Asia fishing team and I were invited by a friend to fish aboard the ‘Seagull’, a big live-on-board charter boat based out of Pantai Remis, Perak, Malaysia. The captain, known by locals as Ah Soon, is quite a veteran in the fishing trade and is well-known by bottom-fishing anglers for some excellent Golden Snapper and Grouper spots around the northern Straits of Malacca. But our agenda for this trip was to try slow jigging for the Golden Snapper, particularly at night. Photos by Wong Kok Ping and Daniel Wan.

Fishing boats moored at Pantai Remis

Commercial fishing boats moored at Pantai Remis

The Seagull - based out of Pantai Remis

The Seagull

Weefie Storm Southeast Asia

A ‘weefie’ before setting off

Seagull Ah Soon

Ah Soon, the captain of Seagull – a colourful character too!

Strawberries

We had strawberries to sweeten the trip

Coconuts to quench our thirst

… and coconuts to quench our thirst

Your Expert in Hooks

Ready for battle!

The ever faithful Storm Gomoku Koika

The ever faithful Storm Gomoku Koika slow-style jig

The simple cabin inside the Seagull

The simple cabin inside the Seagull

We loaded up on our supplies

Flower crabs for our meals! Yummy!

Food! Glorious food!

Food! Glorious food!

Leong with the first Big-Eye Trevally on the cast-jig technique

Big-eye Trevally attack!

Leong's Golden Snapper, with the cast-jig method

Leong’s Golden Snapper, the first for the evening

Ah Soon Koika

Ah Soon caught this Golden Snapper by ‘cast-jigging’ a 100g Storm Gomoku Koika

Kok Ping Koika

Kok Ping’s Golden Snapper fooled with the Pink Zebra Koika

Plenty of Goldies of this size

Fred seals the deal with the UVCGZ-patterned Koika

Huat lands another Golden Snapper

Huat lands another Golden Snapper

Koika UVCGZ

Fred scores again on the Koika UVCGZ!

Koika Pink Zebra (SPZ)

Got mine in the wee hours of the morning on the Pink Zebra (SPZ)!

Storm Gomoku Erito

Reza locked in a fierce battle as morning dawned. Check out the bend on the Gomoku Erito!

Golden Snapper Jigging Storm Koika 150g

The biggest Golden Snapper of the trip by Reza on Storm Gomoku Koika Green Sardine!

Gomoku Koika Green Sardine

Close up shot of the biggie

 Koika Kok Ping Cobia

We also got a visit from Mr Cobia!

Koika Squid

How’s this for a bycatch?

Gomoku Koika

Koika jigs – not only catching fish!

Koika Green Sardine

Green Sardine (GS) was still the top producing pattern

Gomoku Koika Green Sardine

The technical locking curve of the VMC 7117 Slow Jigging Assist Hook holding this fish well

Stom Gomoku Koika

Fred Goh with a fine specimen of a Golden Snapper

Black Kaiten

The new Storm Black Kaiten PE#2.5 handled this beauty very well

Golden Snapper Slow jigging Koika

Double happiness!

Gomoku Erito Bespoke Limited Edition

Landed with the Gomoku Erito Bespoke Limited Edition

Gomoku Koika Golden Snapper

This one was really fat!

Gomoku Koika Golden Snapper

Interestingly, many of the Golden Snappers caught at night were taken on jigs without lumo

Gomoku Koika Golden Snapper

One for the road – on Gomoku Koika 150g UVSB

For charter enquiries, please contact:

Silibin Tackle
No. 32 & 34, Persiaran Silibin Utara,
30010, Ipoh, Perak
Malaysia
Tel: +60 16-222 2865

 

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The new Storm Teenie is designed as a versatile ultra light game rod that’s perfectly balanced to cast light lures and yet possess the shock-absorbing action to battle strong fish on light poundage lines. Right at home whether casting ultra light lures or even micro jigging for light inshore species with micro jigs up to 30g, the Storm Teenie brings the ultra light game fun to all.

FEATURES

• Super lightweight, high-quality graphite blank
• Strong butt section for fish-stopping power when needed
• Genuine Fuji guides and reel seat (VSS & ECS)
• Versatile for all-round, ultra light tackle game
• Recommended for fishing with Storm Gomoku Micro Series micro lures and jigs

Storm Teenie

Storm Teenie

Model Length Lure Weight Rating Pieces Type
TNS641UL 6’4″ 1/16-3/8oz 3-7lb 1 pc Spinning
TNS642UL 6’4″ 1/16-3/8oz 3-7lb 2 pc Spinning
TNC641UL 6’4″ 1/8-3/8oz 3-7lb 1 pc Casting
TNC642UL 6’4″ 1/8-3/8oz 3-7lb 2 pc Casting

 

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The new Storm Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring is super versatile and deadly! From saltwater to freshwater, this micro soft plastic has been catching all sorts of species in unconventional ways. In this episode of Fish On! TV, Lor Weng Siang shows us how deadly the 1.5″ Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring is on the barramundi at Singapore’s D’Best Fishing Pond (featuring the new Storm Teenie UL rod).

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While the current craze for slow jigging is focused on heavier jigs in the range of 200-300g in deep waters, the Storm South East Asia team has been exploring shallower waters with lighter slow-style jigs for shallow-water species. Daniel Wan reports.

Extreme thrills with light tackle!

Extreme thrills with light tackle!

There’s no doubt that slow jigging fever has hit Malaysia big time. Walk into any tackle shop and you’ll find that most of the jigs on display are likely to be slow-style jigs. While the current craze for slow jigging is focused more on heavier jigs in the range of 200-300g in relatively deeper waters such as the Straits of Malacca, there’s still much to be explored around the shallower waters off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

Sometimes fish are focused on only a specific bait profile and thats when matching an appropriate sized slow jig will trigger the bite

Sometimes fish are focused on only a specific bait profile and thats when matching an appropriate sized slow jig will trigger the bite

The jig profiles, sizes and and weights often used in the east coast in locations such as Paka, Pekan, Rompin and Pulau Sibu/Tinggi areas are much smaller and lighter than those used off the West Coast such as waters off Pulau Jarak. A lot of it has to do with matching the local baitfish profiles. Additionally, the water movement in the East Coast is much slower as compared to the very fast currents in the Malacca Straits, hence the use of lighter jig weights. If similar techniques and principles for deep water slow jigging could be applied to shallow water, imagine the many more types of species that can be caught!

Ebek - Another superb candidate for 20-40g light-slow jigging

Ebek – Another superb candidate for 20-40g light-slow jigging

Actually, many anglers in the East Coast have been ‘slow-jigging’ long before the Japanese style of slow jigging hit our shores. More often than not, these are done with light spin tackle, targeting species from Ebek to Coral Trout. The introduction of Japanese-inspired slow jigging tackle in the market has since opened up many more options and opportunities for light tackle slow-style jigging in inshore or shallow waters.

This Golden Trevally struck just when the jig touched the bottom!

This Golden Trevally struck just as the jig touched the bottom!

The key is to downsize the tackle – from jigs, assist hooks, leaders and mainline to even the rod and reel used. It is crucial for the jig presentation to be as unhindered as possible when fluttering down the water column in shallow water. That said, a well-designed light slow-style jig should fall with a very nice action – whether sliding or fluttering, rather than an abrupt plunge. It is for this reason that we enjoy using the Storm Gomoku Koika jig, which has a very attractive falling action that many fish seem to be attracted to.

On one trip the Fingermark were going for the smaller 60g jigs when the 80g and 100g were not producing when fished side by side

On one trip the Fingermark kept hitting the smaller 60g Koika jigs while the 80g and 100g yielded zero hits when fished side by side

Though there’s no formal ‘rating’ for what is definited as light slow-style jigs, the 20g to 80g range can be a good reference. Assist hooks ideally should have a light wire gauge for easy penetration. Fluorocarbon leader of 15 – 25lb connected to PE0.8-1.5 braided mainline should suffice. Smaller diameter lines have less resistance in water and therefore enable the jig to fall with less resistance. In order to work these relatively light jigs, a PE1 or less slow jigging rod will bring much enjoyment, especially when you don’t have to lift heavy jigs all day.

Teasing shallow-water Grouper with light slow-jigging is fun and exciting

Teasing shallow-water Grouper with light slow-jigging is fun and exciting

As with deep water slow-style jigging, light tackle slow-style jigging reels should ideally be baitcast or overhead reels. Personally I prefer a reel with a thumb bar for quick release of the clutch and re-engagement of the gears with a turn of the handle. There’s less fumbling for me (and it happens quite often!) should a fish take the jig mid-water or just when it touches the bottom. The best part about light-tackle slow-style jigging is that since everything is downsized, the tackle used is lighter and therefore makes it very easy and relaxing to jig all day.

Samuel jigged up this hefty Grouper with a 60g Storm Koika jig and a PE0.8-1.5 light-tackle rod from 28m of water

Samuel jigged up this hefty Grouper with a 60g Storm Koika jig and a PE0.8-1.5 light-tackle rod from 28m of water

One may ask if its possible to handle big fish on light slow jigging tackle. The answer is, it depends. Structure and rough terrain are perhaps the biggest challenges an angler has to confront when a fish is hooked up. The reality is that if a big fish is hooked near structure, even heavier jigging tackle will be unable to stop it if it’s dashing head-on for cover. Unless of course if you manage to turn the fish’s head and winch it up some distance from the bottom within the first few seconds from strike. However, if the underwater terrain is rather void of obstacles, sharp rocks or structure, the chances of landing big fish will be higher.

A hefty cobia from 15m of water

A hefty cobia from 15m of water

Mid-water species from the trevally family to Cobia can be handled with light tackle, though for Cobia you’d probably need lots of patience (and very patient fishing kakis, who’d probably have to stop fishing and watch you fight the fish!). They do take small-sized jigs, by the way. That said, the drags on the reels used should be very smooth and in optimal condition. Any sudden inconsistencies in drag pressure can result in heartache, since we’re fishing with such thin diameter line.

Coral Trout are great candidates for light slow jigging as they are usually found in shallow waters

Coral Trout are great candidates for light slow jigging as they are usually found in shallow waters

We have had good success with light slow-style jigging – from trevally species such Ebek, Sagai, Jemuduk to reef species such as Long-nosed Emperors, Snappers and Tuskfish in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore waters around 12 – 30m depths. In fact, the very latest species to add to our list caught by light slow-style jigging is the mighty Four-finger Threadfin (Senangin).

Even inshore species like this Senangin can be caught on 40g Storm Koika

Even inshore species like this Threadfin (Senangin) can be caught on 40g Storm Koika

Senangin is a species that is very dear to my heart. These fish fight really hard; with short, sudden bursts of speed when you least expect it. A perfect inshore gamefish on light tackle! In fact, it is this very species that got me first hooked onto light jigging in the first place close to 10 years ago. Back then, speed jigging was the way to go if we wanted to catch these strong speedsters dwelling in shallow water. We have since discovered that they are also very responsive to slow-style jigs too, when they aren’t actively chasing down the speed jigs.

My favourite fish - the mighty Senangin jigged up with Storm Koika 60g

My favourite fish – the mighty Senangin jigged up with Storm Koika 60g

So the next time you’re out fishing out in shallow waters or in areas where the current is relatively slow, do not dismiss the opportunity of slow jigging with light slow jigging tackle and light slow-style jigs. You’ll be surprised at what you might encounter!

Pre-tied VMC AH7117 slow jigging hooks now come in as light as 2/0 for smaller jigs.

Pre-tied VMC AH7117 slow jigging hooks now come in as light as 2/0 for smaller jigs

NEW PRODUCT INFO: STORM GOMOKU ADAJO PE1

Many Japanese-inspired, slow jigging rods that are currently in the market are mostly designed for deep water slow jigging around the range of PE2 to PE3 and rated for heavier slow jigs of about 100-300g. Storm South East Asia saw the need for similar-styled, slow jigging rods for lighter jigs around 20-80g and has since introduced the new Storm Adajo PE1. Rated to work up to 100g jigs, this downsized version of the Storm Adajo PE2 is extremely fun to use, especially for working Storm Koika jigs of 40-60g with a small baitcast reel.

Storm Gomoku Adajo PE1

Model: AJC631-1
Length: 6’3”
PE Rating: PE1
Max Jig Weight: 100g

 

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