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There are times when fish are so fixed on a specific baitfish profile or shape that they simply won’t take anything else thrown at them. That’s why it’s important to have an assortment of lure types on any fishing trip in addition to traditionally ‘proven’ lures. On a recent trip to Cheow Lan Lake (Thailand), Daniel Wan and friends were fortunate enough to have brought some small, compact, sinking lures such as the 5cm Rapala CountDown Abachi as probably 70% of the fish on this trip were caught on this lure alone!
Photos by Fred Goh, KD and Daniel Wan. 

It’s been 5 years since our last visit to Cheow Lan Lake. Back then in 2011, we experienced one of our best fishing trips for Jungle Perch (Sebarau / Hampala / also known to the Thai people as “Pla Krasoob”). Thinking that the fishing style would be more or less the same this time, we packed along our proven Sebarau lures of Rapala Risto Raps (RR08), Deep Tail Dancers (TDD07), Skitter Pops (SP09), Flat Raps (FLR08) and an assortment of other freshwater lures. We were to find out later during our trip that these ‘staples’ were not the top producers for the Krasoob as we expected. It turned out that the humble, little 5cm Rapala CountDown Abachi, the more dense and faster-sinking version of the traditional Rapala Countdown, was the top scorer!

Here’s a photo catch report of the trip…

Rapala Team at Cheow Lan Lake

The raggedy bunch from Rapala on this trip.

The view from Ratchaprapha Dam jetty

The view from Ratchaprapha Dam jetty

The beautiful mountain views

The beautiful views that met the eye en route to the upper reaches of Cheow Lan Lake.

KD's super excited!

KD’s super excited! Who wouldn’t be on their maiden trip to Cheow Lan?

So is Marco and Fred!

Marco and Fred are all fired up too!

Cheow Lan

We had the opportunity to visit a small litle cove to admire ‘Little Guilin’

Cheow Lan

Magnificent limestone formations at Cheow Lan.

Cheow Lan

You don’t have to be in China to see the ‘Guilin’ limestone mountains.

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We finally arrive after a wet and uneventful 2 hour boat journey!

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A familiar sight on this return trip to Cheow Lan.

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The comfortable dining area

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We love Thailand!

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There were hundreds of big, hungry Lampam milling around the dining area.

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Breakfast before hitting the water.

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Thai porridge: The best breakfast ever (for me)!

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Here’s a happy snap before we dig in!

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KD doing the honours of the first few casts. Check out the colour of the water after the rain!

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KD lands his first Thai Mahseer, on a spinnerbait!

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A closer look at the Thai Mahseer before release.

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Not too long after, the lucky KD lands another rare species… an Emperor Snakehead! (Pla Chon Ka Luang)

Khlong Saeng Thai Mahseer

A sinking Rapala X-Rap CountDown in ALB colour fooled another Thai Mahseer from a deep pool.

Krasoob Sebarau Hampala Jungle Perch Gomoku Bottom

Later that morning KD and I checked out a tributary that held heaps of small Jungle Perch (Krasoob). KD got this one on a Storm Gomoku Bottom on a slow, straight retrieve.

Sebarau Hampala Jungle Perch Rapala Flat Rap

The Rapala Flat Rap in the South East Asia special Seluang/Pla Sew pattern resembling the local baitfish was deadly!

Flat Rap Pla Sew Seluang SLG SEW FLR08

The Krasoob loved the natural-looking pattern of this Flat Rap!

Krasoob Sebarau Hampala Jungle Perch Gomoku Bottom

Another Krasoob on the Gomoku Bottom. Notice the translucent pattern?

Bujuk on Rapala Flat Rap

KD and I went further upstream. Among some submerged weed, KD pulls up another surprise…

Bujuk on Rapala Flat Rap

… a very nice sized Bujuk!

Bujuk on Rapala Flat Rap

The Rapala Flat Rap 08 worked its charm in skinny water.

Bujuk on Rapala Flat Rap

Check out the beautiful patterns on this Snakehead!

Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

Over at the other boat, Fred was fishing the Rapala RFS Micrology, a 2-5lb ultralight baitcast rod with 6lb Sufix Super 21 FC castable fluorocarbon, which gave him plenty of fun.

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Meanwhile, Huat was happily pulling in Krasoob after Krasoob on the CountDown Abachi.

Khlong Saeng Catfish

After catching Krasoob became too easy with the CountDown Abachi, Huat swapped to the Storm Gomoku Dense and got rewarded with a Catfish.

Khlong Saeng Catfish

Like the CDA05, the Storm Gomoku Dense 48mm could also sink very quickly to variable depths.

Flat Rap 08 Pla Sew Seluang

The Flat Rap showed its proficiency in searching out Krasoob hunting the edges of submerged weeds.

Sebarau CDA05 CountDown Abachi

Huat adds a big one to the Krasoob count with the CountDown Abachi CDA05.

Sebarau CDA05 CountDown Abachi

This one shot out from a piece of submerged timber in deep water.

Sebarau CDA05 CountDown Abachi

Fred’s favourite colour for the CDA05 was the HWSRD (Hologram White Sardine).

Khlong Saeng

The persistent rain clouds often cleared by dusk.

Rapala Flat Rap Pla Sew Seluang

Marco didn’t put any fancy twitching to the Flat Rap. Just a straight retrieve was all that’s needed to fool the fish!

Rapala Flat Rap Pla Sew Seluang

Marco also caught his first Toman on this trip.

Khlong Saeng

Rain, rain go away!!

The rain's finally stopped! It's time to go fishing!

The rain’s finally stopped! It’s time to go fishing!

Seladang

We were very fortunate to see wild buffalo (Seladang) on several occasions on this trip.

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Shallow streams – time for a little wading!

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When most bibbed lures struggled in running-water, the dense CountDown Abachi CDA05 did the job and more.

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Some Thai Mahseer were landed in between the plentiful Krasoob from the streams.

Sebarau North Craft

The rain was relentless, but that didn’t stop us from having a good time casting for Krasoob!

Sebarau CDA05 CountDown Abachi

It was challenging to find the Krasoob but once we found them, it was happy days!

Sebarau CDA05 CountDown Abachi

The CountDown Abachi scores again!

Sebarau CDA05 CountDown Abachi

Most of our catches on this trip we caught on the Rapala CountDown Abachi 5cm (CDA05). We believe the fish were feeding on very small baitfish in various depths, and the long-casting, fast sinking, little CDA05 could seek them out at those depths.

Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

The rain washed out many insects into rivers, triggering a massive food chain where small fish gulped down the bugs, and in turn, got eaten by the Krasoob.

Sebarau CDA05 CountDown Abachi

KD and Fred then found this little running stream which held many good sized Krasoob.

Sebarau CDA05 CountDown Abachi

Most of them were good-sized too!

Sebarau CDA05 CountDown Abachi

The Krasoob in the rivers were mostly spawning specimens.

Sebarau CDA05 CountDown Abachi

Amidst the spawning frenzy, some took the opportunity to feed on the little fish which the CDA05 resembled.

Sebarau CDA05 CountDown Abachi

Another good fish by KD on the CountDown Abachi.

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The Krasoob were healthy and in tip top condition.

Sebarau CDA05 CountDown Abachi

There’s no doubt Fred and KD were having a blast!

Sebarau on X-Rap CountDown

Easy does it!

Sebarau on X-Rap CountDown

Just when Fred was retrieving the X-Rap CountDown after letting it sink deep into some timber, this Krasoob came out of nowhere and slammed the lure!

Sebarau on X-Rap CountDown

Fred’s smile tells it all…

KD never stopped smiling throughout the trip. It wasn't hard to see why!

KD never stopped smiling throughout the trip. It wasn’t hard to see why!

Sebarau on North Craft Caddis

Taking a break from catching all the fish with CDA05, KD pulled out an old North Craft Caddis lure to catch some Krasoob. Easy peasy!

Khlong Saeng

Evenings were lovely when the rain stopped and clouds cleared.

Khlong Saeng

Early to bed, early to rise! Because the early bird gets the worm, or so they say…

Khlong Saeng

This kind of morning view revives the spirit. The body is immediately invigorated!

Giant Snakehead Toman Shadow Chado

Bee managed to tempt a Toman up for some happy snaps.

Khlong Saeng

We seeked out for bigger sized Thai Mahseer in the running rivers.

Khlong Saeng

But we could only find the small ones.

Thai Mahseer Rapala X-Rap Countdown

X-Rap CountDown was the candidate for the job.

Khlong Saeng

“Where’s your Daddy?”

Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

Certain parts of the rivers were known to hold Catfish in the deep. Allowing the CDA05 to sink to the bottom before retrieving steadily produced some pleasant surprises.

Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

This fellow came out of nowhere and ambushed the little pink-headed CountDown Abachi as it throbbed its way right up boatside.

Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

Huat was extremely happy to catch this Emperor Snakehead (Toman Bunga) hiding in the shallows  under a overhanging bamboo tree.

Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

The 5cm Rapala CountDown Abachi did it again!

Khlong Saeng

We encountered some wild deer while travelling between spots.

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But they were shy and quickly moved away when we came close.

Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

The CountDown Abachi comes standard fitted with VMC 7554 trebles. This Pinky one here survived some brutal fish with only some slight scratches. Others were not so lucky.

Catfish Pla Kot

KD mighty pleased with another catch on spinnerbait.

Sebarau on Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

If you love the ultra-light game and don’t mind getting bullied every now and then, it’s worth trying out fishing with straight fluorocarbon line. Fred probably had the most fish among all of us on this trip and he attributed it to the use of FC mainline which is less visible in water.

Sebarau on Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

The 5cm Rapala CountDown Abachi caused the downfall of many Krasoob for Fred.

Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

Bee says its because of his ‘lucky’ VMC jersey. We think its the CDA05 lure. ;)

Sebarau on Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

She’s coming in…

Sebarau on Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

A smaller specimen by Bee.

Sebarau on Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

Check out the vibrant colour on the cheek and fins!

Sebarau on Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

Plenty of fun especially on light 4-10lb tackle!

Sebarau on Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

Black/gold was a deadly colour too…

Rapala Vaaksy Sebarau on Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

Bee putting the new Rapala Vaaksy rod into action.

Sebarau on Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

… and taming fish one after another in quick succession.

Sebarau on Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

Fish of this size are super fun on 4lb tackle. I had a blast on this trip with the Rapala 80th Anniversary Vaaksy 4-10lb rod so much so it became my ‘primary’ outfit with the CDA05 towards the end of the trip.

Risto Rap GALB Sebarau

I was hoping for a Mahseer to pounce on the Risto Rap, but I guess a Sebarau will have to make do.

Papparazzi shot from our boat.

Papparazzi shot from our boat.

KD was casting into a bunch of floatsam when this Toman whacked the topwater lure.

KD was casting into a bunch of floatsam when this Toman whacked the topwater lure right before our eyes.

Sebarau on Rapala CountDown Abachi CDA05

MYSTERY SOLVED: A feisty Krasoob regurgitated this little bait as it thrashed about in our boat. We figured the 5cm Rapala CountDown Abachi (bottom two) was so effective because it probably matched the size and profile of the baitfish the Krasoob were feeding on during the time of our trip.

Interested to catch some of the Krasoob action at Cheow Lan Lake?
Contact guide Darren Shan via his Facebook page.

 

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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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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 their photo catch report.

Andy starts the ball rolling with a Coral Trout on Storm Gomoku Koika Green Sardine

Andy starts the ball rolling with a Coral Trout on Storm Gomoku Koika Green Sardine

Followed by a Double Strike by Andy and Thomas

Followed by a Double Strike by Andy and Thomas

Koika Green Sardine scores again!

Koika Green Sardine scores again!

Daniel Soh with a rare Saddleback Grouper

Daniel Soh with a rare Saddleback Grouper

Next up it's Barry's turn to hit a demersal dweller.

Next up it’s Barry’s turn to hit a demersal dweller.

But the pelagics were active too!

But the pelagics were active too!

Guess which Koika colour is the top performer?

Guess which Koika colour is the top performer?

But the Naked Flash Koika is not too far behind too.

But the Naked Flash Koika is not too far behind too.

Photo bomb!

Photo bomb!

Storm Koika Green Sardine setting the pace ahead of the pack

Storm Koika Green Sardine setting the pace ahead of the pack

A Dogtooh Tuna landed by Barry in the wee hours of the morning

A Dogtooh Tuna landed by Barry in the wee hours of the morning

A good sized fish worth posing half-naked for ;)

A good sized fish worth posing half-naked for ;)

Thomas also lands another Doggie by slow jigging

Thomas also lands another Doggie by slow jigging

That's one hefty Yellowfin Grouper by Noel

That’s one hefty Yellowfin Grouper by Noel

Some decent surprises from deeper waters

Some decent surprises from deeper waters

Siang's Gomoku Black Kaiten cushioning the run of a speedster

Siang’s Gomoku Black Kaiten cushioning the run of a speedster

It turns out to be a little Dogtooth!

It turns out to be a little Dogtooth!

Slow jigging always yields nice surprises

Slow jigging always yields nice surprises

Hard fighting GT by Thomas

Hard fighting GT by Thomas

Playing Blackjack

Playing Blackjack

Rosy or Rusty Jobfish were plenty in this trip

Noel has good reason to smile!

Fred hit's a cute little Black Jack.

Fred hit’s a cute little Black Jack.

Three's a party!

Three’s a party!

Siang was trying out a new prototype Gomoku jig when this large Emperor decided to nail it

Siang was trying out a new prototype Gomoku jig when this large Emperor decided to nail it

A good sized Coronation Trout by local standards

A good sized Coronation Trout by local standards

This Rosy Jobfish provided great fun on the Storm Adajo PE2.

This Rosy Jobfish provided great fun on the Storm Adajo PE2.

Noel delighted to catch a new species from the deep.

Noel delighted to catch a new species from the deep.

Siang is not to be left out from the fun

Siang is not to be left out from the fun

Check out those eyes!

Check out those eyes!

Sometimes the fish preferred longer profile jigs

Sometimes the fish preferred longer profile jigs

At times a slightly fatter profile fared better

At times a slightly fatter profile fared better

Night time jigging has its own set of fun and challenges

Night time jigging has its own set of fun and challenges

Apart from the Big Eye Trevally, GTs also came out to play

Apart from the Big Eye Trevally, GTs also came out to play

Foul hookups were common

Foul hookups were common

A good GT specimen by Daniel Soh

A good GT specimen by Daniel Soh

Storm Super Gomoku jig (SGS) in UVSB worked like magic at night

Storm Super Gomoku jig (SGS) in UVSB worked like magic at night

Check out the super vibrant blue on the Bluefin!

Check out the super vibrant blue on the Bluefin!

After breakfast it's speed jigging time again. The Super Gomoku jig (SGS) does not disappoint.

After breakfast it’s speed jigging time again. The Super Gomoku jig (SGS) does not disappoint.

The speed jigged Super Gomoku also attracted GTs

The speed jigged Super Gomoku also attracted GTs

When arms are aching from speed jigging, it's time for slow jigging

When arms are aching from speed jigging, it’s time for slow jigging

Double take!

Double take!

This size of GT is fun to battle on light tackle

This size of GT is fun to battle on light tackle

Coral Trout are never jig shy

Coral Trout are never jig shy

Good job(fish)!

Good job(fish)!

Just when you think there are no sharks around... TA DA!

Just when you think there are no sharks around… TA DA!

Say "AHHHH"

Say “AHHHH”

Rusty Jobfish do take jigs quite high up from the bottom

Rusty Jobfish do take jigs quite high up from the bottom

A decent sized fellow by Thomas

A decent sized fellow by Thomas

Double strikes were becoming a norm

Double strikes were becoming a norm

The bully of the coral reefs

The bully of the coral reefs

Maldives Koika Super Gomoku

Rosy or Rusty Jobfish were abundant on this trip

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We’ve seen how deadly the Storm Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring and Gomoku Soft Straight micro soft plastics are on Singapore’s Sagai and Peacock Bass. But are they as deadly in other coastal waters?

Nigel Hagley, Toh Jun Xiong and friends recently explored Pulau Sembilan (Perak, Malaysia) to see if the Gomoku micro soft plastics worked outside of Singapore’s waters. The result of their exploratory trip was breathtaking! Both caught plenty of Cencaru (Hard-tailed Scad) that offered them plenty of light salt game fun! The Gomoku micro soft plastic fever was so contagious that Jun Xiong had since got more friends hooked onto this finesse game! Not only were the Cencaru obliging to the Gomoku Soft but even GTs and Queenfish too!

Gomoku Soft Ajing

The Japanese Ajing fever has landed in Malaysia!

Cincaru Pulau Sembilan Gomoku

Cencaru (Hard-tailed Scad) are plentiful around Pulau Sembilan.

Gomoku Soft Straight Cincaru

Gomoku Soft Straight (GSST) worked wonders for P9’s Cencaru.

Jun Xiong Gomoku Bulky Ring

Jun Xiong getting the hang of catching Cencaru one after another with the Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring.

Gomoku Cincaru

And another!!

Cincaru Gomoku Soft Straight

With ultra-light, finesse tackle, Cencaru will give you a run for the money!

The usual suspect on Gomoku Soft micro soft plastics

Sagai – no longer a surprise catch on Gomoku Soft micro soft plastics.

Fancy catching Mack Tuna on the Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring!

Fancy catching Mack Tuna on the Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring!

Queenfish Gomoku Soft

Even big fish love titbits! This Big Queenie slammed the tiny Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring with gusto!

Micro jig Cincaru

Of course it’d be boring without dropping a jig or two in between.

Fusilier micro Jig

Nigel with a Fusilier on Micro Jig (MCJ)

GT Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring

Juvenile GT joined in the fun too!

TIPS TO CATCH CENCARU WITH GOMOKU SOFT

  1. When the current is slow, the fish are usually found hanging close to the rocks near the islands or rock formations. Rig the Gomoku Soft Straight or Bulky Ring with an appropriate sized jighead (1.8 to 3g depending on current speed) and freeline the soft plastic in the current towards the rocks or structure. You can close the bail arm once in a while and let the lure hold its position in the current a bit before freelining again. The bites can sometimes be very subtle so you have to be alert to the slightest taps on the lure.
  2. When the current is fast, the fish will hold a little bit further out. The same technique mentioned above still applies but you may want to consider a heavier jighead to hold the lure at a certain depth in the current.
  3. Use a very fine diameter line to get the jighead down in the current. Nigel uses the 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.

So if you’re ever out light jigging around Pulau Sembilan’s waters, do give the Gomoku Soft Straight or Bulky Ring a try. You might just get ‘addicted’ to the light salt game too!

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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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Hallo! Apa kabar semua para pembaca Fishonmag.com? Semoga semua selalu baik dan dalam lindungan Tuhan. Cerita kali ini tentang perjalanan saya ke wilayah timur Indonesia tepat di Timika, Papua Indonesia. Keinginan untuk membawa kaki ini menginjak tanah Papua sudah lama sekali dimana hanya bisa menikmati keindahannya melui saluran internet dan media social yang mempromosikan tentang indahnya Alam Papua.

Lampu BBM berkelap-kelip menandakan adanya pesan masuk setelah saya baca ternyata ajakan dari seorang teman Hadi Wijaya untuk pergi ke Timika menemani perjalanan bisnis beliau. Tanpa pikir panjang ajakan itu saya terima dengan sepenuh hati. Meskipun tanpa ada rencana pergi memancing disana tetapi set tackle dan umpan andalan saya bawa dengan harapan ada jeda waktu untuk pergi memancing.

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Penerbangan panjang pun saya lakukan dengan menempuh jarak Pontianak-Jakarta-Makassar-Timika hitung punya hitung kurang lebih 14 jam perjalanan penerbangan. Huh…melelahkan…

Tepat pukul 09:00 saya mendarat di Bandara International Timika dan dijemput oleh Pak Daeng dan langsung bertemu dengan Ko Afui dirumahnya. Beliau langsung membuka pembicaraan memancing dan beliau bercerita tentang hasil hasil memancing dia dan beberapa teman disertai dengan menunjukan foto dan video. Hati ini bergumam semoga ada kesempatan untuk pergi memancing. Akhir cerita entah angin darimana setelah selesai makan siang beliau menyuruh saya dan Hadi Wijaya pergi memancing dulu baru selesaikan urusan yang lain. Kami menyambutnya dengan antusias diiringi tawa Pak Daeng dan Ko Chun. Siap MANTABZ! Tetapi beliau mengatakan tidak bisa ikut serta karena adanya urusan yang tidak bisa ditinggalkan tetapi beliau dengan senyumnya mengatakan silahkan pergi dan bersenang-senang rasakan kepuasan memancing diperairan Timika.

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Persiapan perlengkapan pun langsung kami lakukan serta logistic perbekalan kami selama trip ini. Yang membuat saya heran dan bingung ketika persiapan tackle. Wow! Ternyata tackle para pemancing disini kelas ‘hard’ semua untuk kategori casting benang PE saja. Mayoritas mereka menggunakan 40lb dan joran kelas 40lbs serta ukuran lure yang panjang rata rata 12-14cm. Bayangkan sendiri ya. Hal ini termasuk sangat wajar karena ikan-ikan yang mereka pancing ukurannya monster semua. Tapi saya tetap percaya diri menggunakan perlengkapan peralatan yang saya bawa sesuai kebiasaan saya memancing.

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Pukul 02:00 perjalanan dimulai menuju dermaga Pomako melalui jalan darat dan tiba pada pukul 03:00 waktu Timika. Bongkar muat perbekalan logistik serta BBM barang kami lakukan dengan bergotong-royong. Setelah selesai dan dirasakan sudah komplit dan siap semua, boat kami dengan panjang 10m dan mesin double Yamaha 50pk 4 tak dengan Bapak Yes sebagai Driver mulai berjalan perlahan.

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Saya sempat tertidur karena masih lelah setelah menempuh perjalanan jauh. Setelah mulai terlihat sinar matahari pagi saya pun tersadar dengan banyaknya gemuruh ikan sardine dan lumba-lumba muara yang bermain dengan senangnya secara bergerombol keren sekali.

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Saya lihat beberapa teman diantaranya bapak Dang, Ko Achun dan Hadi Wijaya sudah mempersiapkan tackle mereka saya pun tidak mau ketinggalan juga menyiapkan tackle saya.

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Sampai dititik pertama setelah berlabuh jangkar dan posisi sudah pas, Ko Achun langsung lempar lure andalannya dan langsung STRIKE! Wuih! Hebat sekali ini dalam hati saya bergumam karena saya masih pasang leader belum selesai dan saya tinggalkan sementara untuk mengabadikannya dengan kamera. Belum juga ikannya naik ke perahu Pak Daeng sudah mendapatkan perlawanan juga dan begitu juga dengan Hadi Wijaya. Setelah selesai sesi photo Pak Daeng pun melempar umpan ketitik yang sama untuk kedua kalinya dan juga strike ikan Kakap Putih juga. Tetapi saya tidak dapat mengabadikannya karena beliau malu untuk diambil gambar. Dan ketiga Hadi Wijaya juga mendapatkan strike dengan spesies yang sama. Saya belum selesai lagi lakukan setting tackle.

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Setelah selesai saya juga melakukan lemparan pada titik yang sama dan mendapat sambaran juga tapi kali ini nasib kurang baik ikan melakukan tariannya diudara dan terlepas. Setelah berkali-kali melakukan lemparan tidak mendapatkan sambaran, saya coba memainkan Rapala Jigging Rap dan Storm Gomoku Cafe untuk mencapai kedalaman maksimal di dasar sungai dan banyak sekali ikan tompel saya naikan secara bergantian sungguh menyenangkan. Pagi ini begitu sempurna dengan ikan Kakap, Kerapu dan ikan Tompel / Jenahak hanya dalam hitungan menit ikan sudah sangat banyak menurut saya. Tapi perjalanan belum usai kami lanjutkan menyisir dipinggiran sungai yang terdapat pohon-pohon tumbang dan dikira potensial. Memang silih berganti kami mendapatkan strike yang bertubi-tubi seperti mancing di kolam pemancingan saja.

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Tepat pukul 12:00 siang kami beristirahat dipinggiran sungai ketika air pasang mulai naik dan tetap berlabuh dengan menggunakan jangkar untuk beristirahat sejenak sambil beberapa teman memancing dasaran dengan umpan udang dan ikan lemah (ikan kembung) dan apa yang terjadi. Niatnya saja istirahat tetapi itu tidak terjadi karena Pak Daeng, Ko Achun dan Hadi Wijaya dikejutkan dengan sambaran serempak umpan dasaran mereka secara bersamaan.

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Panik karena ikan yang sulit dikendalikan membuat benang saling berkaitan tetapi dapat dengan segera diatasi dan ketiganya menaikan ikan multi dengan size monster. saya sangat takjub sekali. Kami diserbu dengan segerombolan ikan multi (senangin, kuro) dengan size sama semua dan sempat saya timbang dengan boga grip 15lbs. Ternyata over weight menandakan ikan lebih dari 7kg!

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Saya yang berada di deck atas boat tetap konsisten menggunakan Storm Koika jig 40g dengan Storm Monster 621BHR. Mereka panen ikan multi saya panen ikan tawar atau gelama banyak sekali dan jig saya juga sempat disambar ikan multi. Saya senang sekali dan berteriak dengan bangga tetapi setelah mau diangkat ternyata ikannya kabur melarikan diri. Sedih dah…

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Sampai sore kami terus melakukan perjalanan menyisir tepian sungai dimana titik potensial yang ada tak pernah lepas dari lemparan lure dan ikannya memang banyak sampai bosan untuk menaikan ikan. Menjelang sore, kami putuskan umtuk bertambat ditengah sungai dengan melabuhkan jangkar hal ini guna menghindari nyamuk Papua yang terkenal menyeramakan sambil makan malam dan minuman hangat disertai canda tawa matapun akhirnya terpejam pulas dengan senyum kepuasan yang didapatkan dihari pertama ini.

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Pagi dihari kedua tiba setelah sarapan dan minuman hangat kami bersiap-siap menyisir sungai lagi sambil menuju arah pulang. Masih ditempat yang sama peristirahatan kami belum mandi dan gosok gigi Ko Achun dan Pak Daeng sudah silih berganti mendapatkan ikan Kakap Putih dan Kerapu monster serta Hadi Wijaya dengan ikan tompelnya. Setelah dirasa ikan tidak ada lagi ditempat kami istirahat mala mini kami pun mulai merapikan dan menata perbekalan kami diboat serta menyusun ikan didalam boks yang telah kami bawa. Pak Daeng berujar ini kita mesti buang es batu sebab ikan sudah tidak muat lagi karena banyaknya perolehan kami.

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Kegiatan memancing dihari kedua ini tidak kalah serunya dengan hari pertama ikan begitu banyak sekali menurut saya tetapi Pak Daeng bilang ini masih sedikit alias trip AKAI (kurang memuaskan bagi beliau). Tapi kami tetap bersyukur dengan perolehan hasil ini.

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Rapala Jigging Rap dan Storm Gomoku Cafe menjadi primadona dalam trip ini karena sangat efektif sekali yang membuat Pak Daeng dan Ko Chun menjadi bingung dengan perolehan strike yang saya dapatkan sangat banyak sekali. Tepat pukul 12:00 waktu Timika kami memutuskan untuk pulang ke dermaga Pomako tempat keberangkatan kami dan pada pukul 15:00 kami tiba di dermaga dan berkemas-kemas perbekalan kami dengan senyum kepuasan. Timika Begitu Indah. #salamsatuIndonesia

Bagi teman teman yang igin pergi memancing di perairan Timika silahkan kontak:

Pak Daeng HP +6281327573691
Wijayadi +62816227458
Email : wijayadiborneo@gmail.com

Spesifikasi boat :
Fiber boat panjang 9m lebar 2m dengan mesin penggerak 50PK X2 4T
Fiber boat panjang 14m lebar 2,5m dengan mesin penggerak 150PK X2

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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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In this episode of Fish On TV, Fred Goh, Lertsak Banklongsee and Daniel Wan go light slow jigging off the Gulf of Thailand. Equipped with 40, 60 and 80g Storm Gomoku Koika jigs and Storm Gomoku Adajo slow jigging rods, the team sets off to tackle the elusive African Pompano and Threadfin Salmon.

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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.

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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

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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!

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We never had empty stomachs, from breakfast till supper

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We even had steamed Coral Trout for meals!

Egg Salad Mas Hibaru

Pasta was excellent!

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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! 

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

Check out the vibrant blue spots on this Coral Trout!

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

They aren’t called Titans for nothing!

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

Incredible Hock very pleased with a Yellowfin on KOIKA Black Zebra

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

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

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

Green Jobfish took jigs a little higher off the bottom

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

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

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

Another beautiful day awaits…

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

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

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

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

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

Leong couldn’t agree more!

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

The morning Job

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

“You lookin’ at me, kiddo?”

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

Direct confrontation with a dogged fighter 

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

The Incredible Hock prevails!

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

KOIKA 150g UVSB

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

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

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

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

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

And another Emperor emerges! 

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

150g KOIKA UVSB armed with VMC 7117 slow jigging assists 

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

A GT fooled by the same offering

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

We looked forward to GT encounters

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

Beautiful Yellowfin Grouper displaying its assets

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

Super Gomoku 100g jigged with long strokes

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

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

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

Slightly bigger Yellowfin Grouper by slow-jigging the KOIKA

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

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

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

Foul hooked on the Storm SX Soft VIB

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

One of Ryan’s Big-eye Trevallies

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

Our last jigging spot mostly yielded Rosy Jobfish

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

Fred Goh showing one of the larger specimens

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

UVSB KOIKA produced the goods

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

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

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

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

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