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…
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.
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.
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.
Upon arriving at St John’s Island, we worked several key spots to see if we could entice some squid.
No monster of a cephalopod, but still a squid and good fun nonetheless.
The 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!
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