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Crazy Jigging Action off Kuala Rompin

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I received an invitation to fish off the coast of Kuala Rompin sometime early this year. My initial reaction to the invitation was a little muted, as Kuala Rompin fishing is very often catered towards Sailfish or Tenggiri. “Oooh! But this is a new spot! Lots of Trevally abound!”. My ears pricked up at those words. Ahh… now that’s interesting! I’ve just got this soft spot for light and micro jigging. Furthermore some new Storm Koika jigs in the range of 60g and 80g had just arrived and it would be perfect to check out their fish catching ability. Without thinking much, I said yes!

Kuala Rompin Sunrise

We were all crowded around at the jetty at first light, ready for some jigging action. It was then that I realised how much Kuala Rompin had developed over the years, thanks to the Sailfish. There were now so many charter boats operating out of Kuala Rompin!

Kuala Rompin ChaletComfortable air-conditioned chalets to rest after a hard-day’s workout. 

Tenggiri on Storm Sorun Sinking Minnow
A little Tenggiri on the new Storm So-Run Heavy Sinking Minnow 

Our first spot was a FAD about forty minutes away from the rivermouth. There were lots of small Tenggiri roaming about that took our 60g Storm Super Skarps jigged at breakneck speed. Some were taken on casting heavy sinking minnows that were allowed to sink to the bottom and then retrieved at speed. The bigger ones were rather shy and the little jigs didn’t seem to attract their attention. However, we were entertained briefly by some Cobia that took our minnows and jigs. Samuel on the other boat, as we learnt later, had a great harvest of huge Tenggiri that were caught on drifted live bait at another FAD nearby.

Cobia on Sinking MinnowSamuel’s dad, Uncle Thomas with a large Rompin Cobia on a sinking minnow.

Cobia on Storm Gomame JigThis Cobia totally deformed the split rings that held the assist hooks and Gomame jig!

Fishing was extremely tough on the first day. Apart from the Tenggiri, the Trevally were nowhere to be found! We worked hard. We really did! At times, we could see the screen filled with fish but yet nothing would even take interest in the jigs, whether fished fast or slow. The only highlight in the evening was when Noel hit a big one on a slightly heavier outfit. Sadly, the fish won the battle.

Juvenile Jemuduk

Day 2 was a little better. Our morning started with some micro jigging action at a deep drop-off next to a seamount. We hit many types of Trevally, from Sagai, Jemuduk, Diamond Trevally to Pompanos. There were some big ones mingling with the schools of Trevally because every now and then we’d hit one good fish, only to have the hook pull or line break off.

Diamond Trevally on Storm Micro JigPompano! With Storm Micro Jig.

Noel staying alive
Noel had countless big fish hookups but failed to convert. It’s as if these fish were out intentionally to bully him. Poor chap! 

Noel poses with a Selar Papan
Nevertheless he had some good fun on XOS Selar Papan.

Diamond Trevally on 80g Storm Koika jig
Slow jigging time! This Pompano got teased with an 80g Storm Koika worked really slow.

Diamond Trevally on Jig
Wing Cheong is trying not to smile but deep down we know he’s happy :) 

Golden Trevally on jig
Golden Trevally were roaming about too.

Tuskfish on Storm Koika jigSlow jigging the bottom can spring some surprises, in this case, a Tuskfish caught on the Storm Koika 80g.

Slow jigging brought many surprises later that afternoon. Our skipper brought us to a patch that was supposed to have a fair bit of Coral Trout roaming about. Strangely, none hit our jigs. Instead, we were visited by Tuskfish (Ketarap)! The Storm Koika jigs were just left to drop and flutter right to the bottom and lifted about 1-2 metres above the sea floor with a crank or two of the reel handle. This slow but deadly motion must have aroused the curiosity of the Tuskfish for we landed four of them by slow jigging the Storm Koika!

Uncle Thomas' Tuskfish on Storm Koika jigUncle Thomas was very overjoyed to land his first Ketarap (Tuskfish) on Storm Koika.

Tuskfish on Storm Koika jig
Fred followed suit with a nice-sized Tuskfish on the Koika Green Sardine.

Tuskfish on Storm Koika jig
Four assist hooks were used to have a more secure hookup. Keep the kevlar on the tail end short.

Daniel Wan with Tuskfish on Storm Koika 80g
One more for the Koika 80g in Naked Flash!

Tuskfish on Storm Koika jig
Slow jigging can yield some really great surprises! Give it a try!

Captain with Tuskfish on Storm Koika Jig
Ping was surprised that a short and stumpy jig like the Koika could arouse the attention of Tuskfish.

Jemuduk on Storm Koika Jig

This Jemuduk fought really hard!

I was merely cranking up the Koika to reset with the drift and in the process, throwing the occasional short, sharp pitch in between cranks. Little did I know that this motion was going to get me ‘in trouble’. Something slammed the Naked Flash Koika 80g mid-water, forcing me to scramble into a more comfortable position. I was totally caught off-guard! Line tore off the Ryoga Bay Jigging 2025 without mercy. Almost instantaneously, Ray also had a similar hit! You couldn’t tell whether the grimacing on his face was from enjoyment or from pain! These two were likely from the same school as they had similar fighting styles and plenty of reserve, fighting all the way to the boat. After what felt like eternity, the two fish surfaced – Big Jemuduk (Bludger Trevally)!

Jemuduk on IMA Gun
Ray fought this Bludger Trevally hard too!

Golden Trevally on Storm Gomame jig(Golden Trevally to Gomame Jig) “Let’s see who has more bands!”

Day 3 started with a bang! We had bright sunny skies and calm seas. More importantly, the fish were rather cooperative. Oh, and did I mention these were BIG fish? They were unstoppable! We had several hookups that even required gunning the boat to give chase. Somehow, the hooks either came off, or leaders were shredded at the rocks.

Fish On!Uncle Thomas latched onto a mighty big fish. We had to gun the boat and give chase but the fish decided it wasn’t going to say hello to us today.

GT on IMA Gun jigRay displays a juvenile GT on IMA Gun

Queenfish on Storm Thunder Jig Green SardineQueenies soon joined the foray.

Queenfish on Storm Thunder Jig Green SardineThe ever-versatile Storm Thunder Jig in Green Sardine pattern.

Hookup!Wing Cheong finally hooks up onto something decent that sends the line spewing! Sadly, the end result was a heartbreak.

Tuskfish on Storm Thunder Jig
A small Tuskfish on Day 3, taken this time on Storm Thunder Jig.

One Jig Two Fish! Storm Koika jigHow’s that for double happiness! The advantages of having two sets of assist hooks!

Hooked onto JemudukEvery angler’s dream moment – the fully loaded rod!

Jemuduk on Storm Thunder JigWhat do we have here?

Jemuduk on Storm Thunder JigA very decent Jemuduk on Thunder Jig 40g! As always, you know Wing Cheong is happy though he isn’t smiling! 

Jemuduk on Storm Thunder JigMugshot of South East Asia’s ‘Kingfish’.

Jemuduk on Storm Thunder JigPing plucks another from the same school with the Thunder Jig Green Sardine. This pattern seems to be a favourite! 

Storm Super Gomoku JigNoel finally breaks the cold streak with a juvie Jemuduk.

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Daniel Wan has been fishing since the age of 12 and has a deep passion for fishing with artificial lures – especially light-tackle jigging. Previously working for two multinational IT companies, Daniel left the IT industry to follow his passion for fishing, photography and writing.