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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.

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

GOMOKU’ING THE MALDIVES

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

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Slow Jigging

Slow Jigging the Maldives with Gomoku rods and KOIKA jigs

JIGGING TACKLE DATA

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

Mas Hibaru

Our live-on board vessel, Mas Hibaru

Spacious front deck of Mas Hibaru

Spacious front deck of Mas Hibaru

The Maldives

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

Cast, cast away

Cast, cast away!

Storm Gomoku KOIKA Maldives

We never had empty stomachs, from breakfast till supper

Steamed Coral Trout Mas Hibaru

We even had steamed Coral Trout for meals!

Egg Salad Mas Hibaru

Pasta was excellent!

Mas Hibaru Food

And oooh, my favourite, fried chicken!

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

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Fred then scores with KOIKA Green Sardine

Ryan's catch on the Gomoku Koika

The Pink Zebra KOIKA worked for Ryan, whether Emperor…

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… or Coral Trout

Rain Maldives

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

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

Long nose Emperor Gomoku KOIKA

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

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Daniel Soh scores a whopper Emperor on a 100g KOIKA

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The naturalistic Green Sardine did the job

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

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Double Hook-up, double happiness!

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Really good specimens

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

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Turned out to be a whopping Rosy Jobfish! 

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

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These Coral Trout pulled really hard

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Maldivian sunset

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

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Emperors came by in the morning too

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

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Yu Hock then caught this big mouth shortly after

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More Rosy Jobfish came on board

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More Emperor action in the late morning

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Followed by Yellowfin Grouper

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

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Blackfin went for the ‘Nemo’!

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

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

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Ryan engaged in epic battle!

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Ryan triumphs! On Storm KOIKA 100g Naked Flash

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Thunder Jigs plucked a few trevallies

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

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Daniel Soh tricks an Emperor into striking a UVSB KOIKA

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

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The KOIKA Naked Flash’s shimmery flash is deadly! 

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Meal times are happy times on board Mas Hibaru

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We hop off one of the islands to reload supplies

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No early birds out and about yet…

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

Micro jigging Maldives

Leong’s early morning micro jigging sortie yields results

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Yu Hock lands a few too!

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

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We love GOMOKU!

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

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Who says Pink Zebra is for softies?

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Bonitos were plenty!

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Another interesting catch on Storm MCJ Micro Jig!

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Little Bluefin roamed the shallower reefs

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With the occasional good Jobs!

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Super Gomoku jigs have a beautiful fluttering action when paused

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After several bust offs, Daniel Wan finally gets connected

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BURP!

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Titan Triggerfish also found the KOIKA jigs irresistible…

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…and so did the groupers!

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More Emperors came up

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They fought very hard on PE0.8-1.5 Erito

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

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Another reefie for the record

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‘Good Job’ Leong!

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Were we sick of Emperors? Heck no!

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Coral Trouts were a good break in between Emperors

Daniel Soh and Bonito

Check out the size of this Bonito on the KOIKA UVCGZ

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

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

Ryan Soh

Ryan was mighty pleased with this GT

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

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Jobbies came with the Emperors

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They came in different sizes, patterns and colours

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Fred scores another whopper with the KOIKA Pink Zebra

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

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

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Check out the vibrant blue spots on this Coral Trout!

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They aren’t called Titans for nothing!

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Incredible Hock very pleased with a Yellowfin on KOIKA Black Zebra

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

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Green Jobfish took jigs a little higher off the bottom

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

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Another beautiful day awaits…

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

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

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Leong couldn’t agree more!

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The morning Job

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“You lookin’ at me, kiddo?”

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Direct confrontation with a dogged fighter 

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The Incredible Hock prevails!

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KOIKA 150g UVSB

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

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

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And another Emperor emerges! 

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150g KOIKA UVSB armed with VMC 7117 slow jigging assists 

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A GT fooled by the same offering

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We looked forward to GT encounters

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Beautiful Yellowfin Grouper displaying its assets

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Super Gomoku 100g jigged with long strokes

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

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Slightly bigger Yellowfin Grouper by slow-jigging the KOIKA

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

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Foul hooked on the Storm SX Soft VIB

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One of Ryan’s Big-eye Trevallies

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Our last jigging spot mostly yielded Rosy Jobfish

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Fred Goh showing one of the larger specimens

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UVSB KOIKA produced the goods

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

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

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Guess what you’ll get when you are fishing with a bunch of keen fishos just over their 20’s ? Plenty of fun and laughter! It sure makes one feel much younger! I was honoured to be invited by Thomas who regularly fishes the waters around Pulau Sibu, just off Johore’s eastern coast . The water depth is not deep and usually jigs of less than 40 grams are used. However, due to windy conditions of late, we had to use some jigs up to 60 grams. It was a one-day micro jigging trip and I was impressed by our captain, James’ experience and knowledge of the area we fished.

Longfin trevally are one of the many species that can be caught on Micro Jigs

Longfin trevally are great fun on micro jigging tackle!

A table size Grouper for the day

A table size Grouper for the day

Thomas with a huge Gold Spot Trevally. Awesome fight on the Storm Micro Jigger!

Thomas with a huge Gold Spot Trevally that gave an awesome fight on the Storm Micro Jigger!

James with a trophy fish on the Storm Micro Jigger PE0.4-1

James with a trophy fish on the Storm Micro Jigger PE0.4-1

Oh happy days!

Oh happy days!

When the fishing is hot, everyone gets a hook up!

When the fishing is hot, everyone gets a hook up!

Proven once again that Spanish Mackerel do react to slow jigging, this one on a 60g Storm Gomoku KOIKA jig in UVG colour

Proven once again that Spanish Mackerel do react to slow jigging, this one on a 60g Storm Gomoku KOIKA jig in UVG colour

The VMC7117 Slow Jigging Hooks doing their job nicely!

The VMC7117 Slow Jigging Hooks doing their job nicely!

Perry with a nice Bludger Trevelly

Perry with a nice Bludger Trevally

Exerting maximum pressure with the Storm Micro Jigger PE0.4-1!

Exerting maximum pressure with the Storm Micro Jigger PE0.4-1 on an unknown fish!

Finally the unknown big fish revealed! A 7kg Ebek on the Storm Micro Jigger PE0.4-1!

Finally the unknown big fish revealed! A 7kg Ebek on the Storm Micro Jigger PE0.4-1 and Storm Koika 60g new Naked Flash colour!

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Off-season doesn’t mean poor fishing.

With a dedicated group of anglers, suitable gear, lures and jigs, fishing can still be reasonably good.
This trip we spent more time casting and jigging the local unjams (FADS) rather than the reefs.
Here are some of the highlights of the trip…
Andy with the first Tenggiri caught on a 60g Storm Gomame jig

Andy with the first Tenggiri caught on a 60g Storm Gomame jig

Barry follows up with another Tenggiri using the Storm Keiryo jig rod with a 40g Storm Gomoku Micro Jig in UVSI

Barry follows up with another Tenggiri using the Storm Keiryo jig rod with a 40g Storm Gomoku Micro Jig in UVSI

While the boys were jigging away, I was casting the new Storm Monstar spinning rod using Storm So-Run Heavy Minnow 110 in AJI and hooked a Tenggiri as well

While the boys were jigging away, I was casting the new Storm Monstar spinning rod using Storm So-Run Heavy Minnow 110 in AJI and hooked a Tenggiri as well

Barry joined in the fun and landed a Tenggiri on the Storm So-Run Heavy Minnow 110 in SPM pattern

Barry joined in the fun and landed a Tenggiri on the Storm So-Run Heavy Minnow 110 in SPM pattern

Hot looking and colourful goatfish takes a Storm Gomoku Micro jig 20g in Hot Candy

Hot looking and colourful goatfish takes a Storm Gomoku Micro jig 20g in Hot Candy

60g Storm Gomame Jig in Naked Flash this Coral Trout couldn’t resist

60g Storm Gomame Jig in Naked Flash this Coral Trout couldn’t resist

Great fight on 4lb Sufix 832 and 10lb Invisiline leader, this Ebek took a 20g Storm Gomoku Micro jig in Hot Candy

Great fight on 4lb Sufix 832 and 10lb Invisiline leader, this Ebek took a 20g Storm Gomoku Micro jig in Hot Candy

When the current picked upped, the pelagics were on the chew again

When the current picked upped, the pelagics were on the chew again

Even tuna joined the party.

Even tuna joined the party.

The grand finale was when Siang with a good size Barracuda that hit the Storm So-Run Heavy Minnow really hard.

The grand finale was when Siang with a good size Barracuda that hit the Storm So-Run Heavy Minnow really hard.

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My pursuit for gaining more experience in slow jigging in South East Asia brought me to Lumut, Perak this time around. I have heard so much about big groupers known locally as “Tong Gas” being landed in this stretch of water off Pulau Jarak and hence our mission for this trip was to land one of these “Tong Gas”. Invited by the great folks of Evo City Enterprise, we boarded “DARK WATER”, a powerful speedboat skippered by Thomas. Thomas has been fishing in this area for a long time and is known to produce good results. He is no stranger to slow jigging too as this latest trend of fishing has brought many anglers on board his boat. Thomas himself himself is a passionate angler. And so onward with our catch report!

The DARK WATER speeding off

The DARK WATER speeding off

STORM KOIKA our choice slow jig for the day

STORM KOIKA our choice slow jig for the day

New VMC hook 7117 size 4/0 and 5/0

New VMC hook 7117 size 4/0 and 5/0

Huat’s warm up session with a Cobia

Huat’s warm up session with a Cobia

Jun Xiong’s turn to warm up

Jun Xiong’s turn to warm up

“Gold Medal” of the day by Kok Ping, a beautiful Golden Snapper

“Gold Medal” of the day by Kok Ping, a beautiful Golden Snapper

A small Golden Snapper by Huat as consolation prize

A small Golden Snapper by Huat as consolation prize

Took me a long while to get my warm up fish

Took me a long while to get my warm up fish

Little grouper while trying for the big one

Little grouper while trying for the big one

Battle with a suspected “Tong Gas”

Battle with a suspected “Tong Gas”

The last 10 meters of the battle in which the Gomoku Kaiten was pushed to its limit... Alas! The fish got away

The last 10 meters of the battle in which the Gomoku Kaiten was pushed to its limit… Alas! The fish got away!

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I’ll be honest. Eging to me is as good as my experience to ice-fishing. Sure, I’ve caught my fair share (a decent share, in fact!) of ‘sotong‘ with ‘Egi‘ (squid jigs/lures) from bouncing a squid jig connected to a paternoster rig from a boat. It’s easy to catch sotong when there’s plenty about. It’s only natural as there’s competition for food and they’d grab just about anything and everything swimming by that looks like prey. But when it comes to specifically catching them when they’re scarce… that’s when some technical knowledge, skill and experience come in…

St Johns Island

I finally had a chance to meet Michael who runs the popular Facebook page “Hooked On Calamari” at the Marina South Pier one sunny morning. Michael has a deep passion for Eging and loves to share his knowledge and experience with folks new to the game. I was grateful we got connected and finally able to ‘Egi’ together, as I was relatively a ‘new bird’ to Eging.

Our destination: St John’s Island just off Singapore’s southern shores.

Storm Shore-X for Eging

I brought along the 8ft-long Storm Shore-X SXS802ML PE0.4-1.2, a rod designed primarily for shore-casting but on this outing, would serve as a light Eging stick. (I can just imagine the little chuckles coming from experienced Eging anglers reading this post!). Indeed, the Shore-X‘s taper is more suited as a shore-casting / shore-jigging rod rather than an application-specific Eging rod but if you’re looking for that all-round, ‘one-rod-conquers-all-shore-work’ stick, do check out the Storm Shore-X. That said, I later found the heavier 8’6″ Storm Shore-X SXS862MH PE0.8-2.0 to be more ideal for Eging work over the 8-footer.

NORTH CRAFT 百海 SURF DMSF

As for lure, the NORTH CRAFT 百海 SURF Egi (DMSF) was our Egi of choice for the day. The NORTH CRAFT DMSF is an easy-to use squid lure that doesn’t require aggressive whipping or jerking to make it dart like conventional squid lures. Lifting the rod tip and retrieving the slack will enable the DMSF to dart enticingly from one side to the other without much physical effort. It is for this reason that the Shore-X ‘kind of’ complemented the DMSF nicely.

Eging with North Craft DMSFMichael Siew, the man behind ‘Hooked On Calamari’

Upon arriving at St John’s Island, we worked several key spots to see if we could entice some squid.

Michael Siew EgingMichael at work.

Michael with Squid on North Craft DMSF #2.5Wasn’t too long before he got something grabbing the North Craft DMSF.

Little calamari caught on North Craft DMSF #2.5 OLAJNo monster of a cephalopod, but still a squid and good fun nonetheless.

Eging with Michael SiewA jig jig here and a jig jig there…

Eging with North Craft DMSFAnd… WALLA! Another cutie latches on!

Eging with North Craft DMSFThe DMSF’s natural OLAJ pattern scores!

Squid ON! With North Craft DMSF #2.5Meanwhile, yours truly manages to hook one near some reef patches.

Hooked on a Calamari with North Craft DMSF #2.5Joyful, joyful! There’s squid for dinner tonight!

NORTH CRAFT DMSF #2.5 The North Craft DMSF is very easy to use especially for a beginner to the Eging game.

Tom Yum Noodles with SquidThe glorious Tom Yum noodles with squid that evening!

Not too bad for a session of Eging in local waters! Thank you Michael, for generously showing me the finer points of Eging and sharing your passion!

Catch Michael in this special edition of “The Fishing Marathon” by Kazillion TV.

Caught the Eging fever? Join the community on Hooked On Calamari!

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Mukah is a small town in Sarawak, about 2 hours drive from Sibu. Having a population of less than 300,000 everyone seems to know each other here. The waters off Mukah are generally not deep, ranging from 15 to 25 meters, making it very suitable for micro jigging and light slow fall jigging. Fred Goh recently returned to Mukah’s reefs along with Lu Osman, Dominic and Amelia Ting, this time specifically targeting fish with Gomoku Koika slow fall jigs. Here’s his catch report.

Beautiful sunriseBeautiful sunrise.

Silver Trevelly are common catches, they respond to both fast and slow jigging styleSilver Trevally are common catches, they respond to both fast and slow jigging style.

GT do react well to slow jigging style as what Lu Osman has proven on the KOIKA 40gGT do react well to slow jigging style as what Lu Osman has proven on the KOIKA 40g

Dominic with a hard fighting Golden Trevelly on the Super Gomoku 40g DF3Dominic with a hard fighting Golden Trevelly on the Super Gomoku 40g DF3.

Pig face bream on the KOIKA 30g Green SardinePig face bream on the Gomoku KOIKA 30g Green Sardine

Lu Osman delighted with his first ever Ebek on the KOIKA 40gLu Osman delighted with his first ever Ebek on the Gomoku KOIKA 40g

Another Coral Trout, this time on the UVSB colour insteadAnother Coral Trout, this time on the UVSB colour instead.

Another big eye Trevelly by Lu Osman, on a KOIKA 40g Orange Zebra, slow jigging styleAnother big eye Trevally by Lu Osman, on a Gomoku KOIKA 40g Orange Zebra, slow jigging.

Highly sought after Coral Trout falls for the Storm KOIKA 30g Green Sardine on a slow jigging styleHighly sought after Coral Trout falls for the Storm Gomoku KOIKA 30g Green Sardine by slow jigging style.

Highly sought after Coral Trout falls for the Storm KOIKA 30g Green Sardine on a slow jigging styleAnd another!

Amelia with another big eye Trevelly, this time using the new Micro Jig 40g UVSIAmelia with another Big Eye Trevally, this time using the new Micro Jig 40g UVSI.

A big eye Trevelly caught on a SO RUN Heavy Minnow 90mm AJI colourA Big-Eye Trevally caught on a Storm So-Run Heavy Minnow 90mm AJI colour.

Amelia with a sought after Red Snapper on a Super Gomoku 40g UVSBAmelia with a sought after Red Snapper on a Super Gomoku 40g UVSB.

Groupers are regular catches hereGroupers are a regular catch here.

Groupers are regular catches hereNo shortage of Groupers this size.

Happy moments when you get to eat your own catch after a great day out at seaYummy moments when you get to eat your own catch after a great day out at sea.

Happy moments when you get to eat your own catch after a great day out at seaDelightful!

Happy moments when you get to eat your own catch after a great day out at seaFreshly-steamed fish.

Happy moments when you get to eat your own catch after a great day out at seaWhat a way to end the day!

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As the monsoon was easing, it was time to have a jigging trip along the East coast of Malaysia. Our destination was Kuala Rompin, Pahang. Micro and light jigging were the main fishing styles for this trip. The 5 Amigos for this trip were Sebastian, Andy, Noel, Barry and myself.

My gear for the trip were:
Reels : Daiwa Emeraldas 2508, Morethan 2510R-PE,
Morethan 3012H & Tatula HD Custom 150SHL-TW.
Rods : Storm Gomoku Keiryo (PE0.4-1), Gomoku Erito (PE0.8-1.5) and Gomoku Kaiten (PE1-3).
Lines : Sufix 832 braid in 4,6 and 10lb.
Leaders : Sufix Invisiline fluorocarbon leader in 15, 20 and 25lb.
Assist Hooks :  VMC 7110 and 7117.

Onwards with the catch report!

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigEnjoying the sunrise at Rompin Jetty

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigPart of the arsenal

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigDecent Barracuda that took the Storm Koika 40g in UVCGZ on the fall.

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigAndy with a good-sized Pompano that took a Storm Gomame 60g (Glow).

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigAfter a few good fish were landed, the mobster decides to show up.

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigSkipper decides to move to new grounds that proved fruitful with coral trout. 
Storm Gomame 60g in Glow was on Andy’s Coral Trout menu.

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigThe Trout that fell for a Storm Super Gomoku 20g in UVSI…..

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigAs the tide was going to change, the skipper decided to jig for Sagai that were a plenty.
Noel with a nice Sagai that took a Storm Micro Jig 30g in DF3.

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigEven slow-jigging with Storm Koika 40g proved effective on the fast feeding Sagai.

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigFast or slow didn’t matter, the Sagai were on the chew…..

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigSoon the bigger fishes joined in the Sagai frenzy. This one almost spooled me.
Thanks to the skipper who chased the fish down.

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigTurned out to be a nice-sized Golden Trevally that took a Storm Micro Jig 30g in DF3 pattern.
Andy was so excited for me that his hands were up in the air!

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigThen the Goldies took over the shift from the Sagai. Noel was on as well.

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigA smaller Goldie joined in the fun and took a 20g Storm Micro Jig in UVSI pattern.

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigBarry scored a cracker Gold Spot Trevally.

Romping Jigging Gomoku Koika Gomame Micro JigLast fish for the day was a nice Pompano on Storm Micro jig in 30g UVSI pattern.

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使用快动态(Fast action)钓竿将有助于雷蛙钓钩贯穿鱼嘴使用快动态(Fast action)钓竿将有助于雷蛙钓钩贯穿鱼嘴

生鱼或俗称鳢鱼,学名为 Channa Striatus,是在本地极为普遍不过的淡水抛投对象鱼之一。它们的居住生存条件可说是极为广泛,从路边沟渠,油棕圆排水沟,费矿湖,甚至是本地各大河流湖泊都少不了它们的踪影。它也是我早年开始接触钓鱼时的主要抛投对象鱼之一。由于那时后假饵抛投还未有现今那么的盛行与多选择,所以当时的我们都是使用些真饵如蛤仔或小鱼来进行抛投。那些徒步走入隐秘丛林或凌静油棕圆钓生鱼的日子就在我开始接触船艇水库拟饵抛投钓开始,就渐渐的与我越来越疏远了。也这样开始的少有机会接触到那喜欢掩藏在隐秘排水沟或浓密水性植物底下埋伏的生鱼了。当然偶尔还是会在些钓游中意外的以鱼型拟饵钓获它,但毕竟是处于少数。

Over Bait!Storm Mini Basho Over Bait!

误把Mini Basho Frog当真饵吞的凶猛生鱼误把 Mini Basho Frog 当真饵吞的凶猛生鱼

Storm Mini Basho Frog(CBT)Storm Mini Basho Frog(CBT)

就在休战多时的老友小强丛勇下,久未当“步兵”的我也开始蠢蠢欲动起来!心想就算钓况不堪理想,当做去步行运动松松胫骨也不赖。我们便在周日早晨选择些较为人们忽略的油棕圆排水沟来进行那久违的生鱼搜掠游戏。事隔一段时间再度造访那从前熟悉不过的钓场,一股浓烈的油棕气味即扑面而来,真是别有一番风味。一切景色依然,不同的是我们已从以往使用的真饵改为了时下流行的软蛙或台日钓友所称呼为“雷蛙”的蛙型方卡拟饵。钓具方面就以直式的6尺半 Storm Solitude 多节式抛投竿配 10lb Sufix 832 超级辩线为主,在前端衔接一段 15磅 Sufix 炭灰隐形抗磨子线后,便朝那人烟稀少的油棕圆开始溜达分头寻找较有潜能的生鱼钓点。

坚韧之余不失柔软度的外体是它的主要卖点之一坚韧之余不失柔软度的外体是它的主要卖点之一

受不了Mini Basho Frog多番引诱的漂亮生鱼受不了 Mini Basho Frog 多番引诱的漂亮生鱼

拟饵方面,此趟我们是使用 Storm 旗下所出产的 Mini Basho Frog 防卡软蛙来做抛投。配以高品质 VMC 锋利高钢碳单钩的 4公分迷你软蛙,缩小体积后除了有效的减低了身经百战生鱼的戒心外,柔软且坚韧的外体也是它的卖点之一。除此之外也客服了一般雷蛙常遇到的腹部重心锤石脱落问题。那钓钩与锤石融合一体的设计在经过了多次的生鱼爆咬后还是完好无损!以下便是 Storm Mini  Basho Frog 所伴我们一同度过欢乐时光的小小战绩分享。同时也让我这位“过气”的生鱼步兵找回了那股从前对生鱼强烈的着迷于执着!

初尝Storm Mini Basho Frog的小强对它的表现赞不绝口!初尝 Storm Mini Basho Frog 的小强对它的表现赞不绝口!

即使是小家伙也放胆照咬不误即使是小家伙也放胆照咬不误

养鸡场外的排水沟也是个不可忽视的生鱼好钓点养鸡场外的排水沟也是个不可忽视的生鱼好钓点

Storm Mini Basho Frog(OBT)Storm Mini Basho Frog (OBT)

包含了视觉与听觉的“雷蛙”拟饵,是现代生鱼狩猎者的必备武器包含了视觉与听觉的“雷蛙”拟饵,是现代生鱼狩猎者的必备武器

对生鱼了如指掌的小强鱼讯连连!对生鱼了如指掌的小强鱼讯连连!

Storm Mini Basho Frog(BUG)Storm Mini Basho Frog (BUG)

只需慢速手腕抽动回收的Storm Basho软蛙,操控简易,效果奇佳!只需慢速手腕抽动回收的 Storm Basho 软蛙,操控简易,效果奇佳!

Storm Mini Basho Frog (SR)Storm Mini Basho Frog (SR)