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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Ready for the battles ahead
Getting the rhythm going with the Storm Gomoku Adajo slow jigging rod
Not exactly huge but definitely hard fighting and super fun!
Splendid Coral Trout by Thomas
Drop-offs always produced surprises!
A keeper for the table!
Many Yellowfin Grouper were caught on this trip
A new species for Andy!
This GT still has a bit of growing up to do
The team were pampered with excellent food on Mas Hibaru throughout the trip
Does this get your mouth watering?
The team also hit a Coral Trout patch
Solid Coral Trout by Noel
Bananas – instant energy booster!
Although there were lesser numbers of Emperors this year compared to last year, they certainly made up in size.
Fred’s smile is contagious!
One of the bigger Yellowfin Groupers caught by Siang. On Koika Orange Zebra
Another cracker Job by Thomas
Solid GT jigged up by Noel
Fred playing the Pied Piper of Maldives!
Gomoku Koika Green Sardine working very well for Andy
Somehow the Amberjacks had a penchant for the speedier jigs.
Barry’s thumper Amberjack from the deeper parts
Green Jobfish were really aggresive and hard fighting
Storm Koika is a consistent producer in the Maldives
Superb Yellowfin by Thomas
A little Red Bass from the reefs
Rusty Jobfish offered plenty of fun!
Many good-sized Jobfish were landed on this trip
Little rats were still good fun!
The Super Gomoku SGS 100g UVSI wielding it’s charm
“Hip, hip hoooray!!”
This Amberjack gave Daniel Soh a good run for the money!
Tense moments as a biggie takes off!
The deckies patiently waiting as Fred battles an unknown fighter from the deep.
It’s a Dogtooth!
The Super Gomoku (SGS) 100g jig in UVSI never disappoints!
Another Rosy Job fooled by the Super Gomoku jig (SGS)
The deeper waters yielded treasures!
Barry and Thomas having a blast!
How’s that for ‘Double Jigging’?
Speed jigging with the Super Gomoku yields results
Scenes like these were common
Dogfight winner – the Super Gomoku (SGS) jig in UVSI!
The biggest Amberjack from the trip by Andy, caught on Super Gomoku (SGS)!
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
Followed by a Double Strike by Andy and Thomas
Koika Green Sardine scores again!
Daniel Soh with a rare Saddleback Grouper
Next up it’s Barry’s turn to hit a demersal dweller.
But the pelagics were active too!
Guess which Koika colour is the top performer?
But the Naked Flash Koika is not too far behind too.
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 good sized fish worth posing half-naked for ;)
Thomas also lands another Doggie by slow jigging
That’s one hefty Yellowfin Grouper by Noel
Some decent surprises from deeper waters
Siang’s Gomoku Black Kaiten cushioning the run of a speedster
It turns out to be a little Dogtooth!
Slow jigging always yields nice surprises
Hard fighting GT by Thomas
Noel has good reason to smile!
Fred hit’s a cute little Black Jack.
Three’s a party!
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
This Rosy Jobfish provided great fun on the Storm Adajo PE2.
Noel delighted to catch a new species from the deep.
Siang is not to be left out from the fun
Check out those eyes!
Sometimes the fish preferred longer profile jigs
At times a slightly fatter profile fared better
Night time jigging has its own set of fun and challenges
Apart from the Big Eye Trevally, GTs also came out to play
Foul hookups were common
A good GT specimen by Daniel Soh
Storm Super Gomoku jig (SGS) in UVSB worked like magic at night
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.
The speed jigged Super Gomoku also attracted GTs
When arms are aching from speed jigging, it’s time for slow jigging
This size of GT is fun to battle on light tackle
Coral Trout are never jig shy
Just when you think there are no sharks around… TA DA!
Rusty Jobfish do take jigs quite high up from the bottom
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!
The Japanese Ajing fever has landed in Malaysia!
Cencaru (Hard-tailed Scad) are plentiful around Pulau Sembilan.
Gomoku Soft Straight (GSST) worked wonders for P9’s Cencaru.
Jun Xiong getting the hang of catching Cencaru one after another with the Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring.
With ultra-light, finesse tackle, Cencaru will give you a run for the money!
Sagai – no longer a surprise catch on Gomoku Soft micro soft plastics.
Fancy catching Mack Tuna on the Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring!
Even big fish love titbits! This Big Queenie slammed the tiny Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring with gusto!
Of course it’d be boring without dropping a jig or two in between.
Nigel with a Fusilier on Micro Jig (MCJ)
Juvenile GT joined in the fun too!
TIPS TO CATCH CENCARU WITH GOMOKU SOFT
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.
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.
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!
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, 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.
“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!
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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.
Commercial fishing boats moored at Pantai Remis
A ‘weefie’ before setting off
Ah Soon, the captain of Seagull – a colourful character too!
We had strawberries to sweeten the trip
… and coconuts to quench our thirst
Ready for battle!
The ever faithful Storm Gomoku Koika slow-style jig
The simple cabin inside the Seagull
Flower crabs for our meals! Yummy!
Food! Glorious food!
Big-eye Trevally attack!
Leong’s Golden Snapper, the first for the evening
Ah Soon caught this Golden Snapper by ‘cast-jigging’ a 100g Storm Gomoku Koika
Kok Ping’s Golden Snapper fooled with the Pink Zebra Koika
Fred seals the deal with the UVCGZ-patterned Koika
Huat lands another Golden Snapper
Fred scores again on the Koika UVCGZ!
Got mine in the wee hours of the morning on the Pink Zebra (SPZ)!
Reza locked in a fierce battle as morning dawned. Check out the bend on the Gomoku Erito!
The biggest Golden Snapper of the trip by Reza on Storm Gomoku Koika Green Sardine!
Close up shot of the biggie
We also got a visit from Mr Cobia!
How’s this for a bycatch?
Koika jigs – not only catching fish!
Green Sardine (GS) was still the top producing pattern
The technical locking curve of the VMC 7117 Slow Jigging Assist Hook holding this fish well
Fred Goh with a fine specimen of a Golden Snapper
The new Storm Black Kaiten PE#2.5 handled this beauty very well
Landed with the Gomoku Erito Bespoke Limited Edition
This one was really fat!
Interestingly, many of the Golden Snappers caught at night were taken on jigs without lumo
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
Tel: +60 16-222 2865
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.
• 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
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).
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!
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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.
PE Rating: PE1
Max Jig Weight: 100g