30 April, 2007

What's New from Grand Canyon

We spent 5 days on the water, from April 12th to the 17th. Thursday and Friday had some off weather and wind, but with good times in between. We fished at the mouth of Moki, and did fairly well during the day, and even better at night. Luckily the wind died down at sunset, which made for relaxed, non-stop fishing. The stripers at the mouth are a 65/35 split of young ideal fish and starved non-filletable fish. And an occasional walleye, but not many. Saturday we went up to Knowles, and spent the night. Mid day seemed least windy and most fishable. Didn't catch much in Knowles, but graphed a lot of fish.

Sunday we went down to Forgotten, and spend the afternoon in the first, short arm. Took time to catch up on filleting, which took a few hours. Afterwards caught a dozen skinny stripers, and a few small smallies in the rock piles. Went to the central arm (towards defiance house) and caught some crappie in the back (in the trees). We hiked to defiance house and saw the only shad I've seen on the lake... they were up the dry creek bed about a mile from the end of the water, in a small clear pool. Guess the stripers chased them too far into the back of the canyon... !! There were about a dozen young shad, one adult, and unfortunately one tiny LMB about the same size as the small shad. Hopefully the mom shad will teach it to be a vegetarian, so his brothers and sisters don't become lunch one day. I'd rather see a dozen shad take to repopulating than one LMB have a lunch. Was pretty wild to find them so far away from the lake.

Sunday night we night fished in Forgotten, as I had graphed a school as we came in, right across from the first (short) arm. There is a place near shore where the water comes up to 30-40 feet, and with calm wind we were able to anchor on the fairly smooth bottom. All fish were the same size... small. They were a little smaller then the moki fish, but still a good size to fillet. We caught probably 40 before calling it a night, due to wind eventually blowing us off our anchorage (26' tritoon with double bimini=a lot of wind drag).Monday we went back to Moki and tried to fish in the afternoon and evening, but the wind persisted so we didn't night fish. We only caught maybe a dozen stripers in the afternoon. This was the first time I caught fish by speed reeling, using a chartreuse grub cast out, worked along the bottom, and then quickly reeled back. Caught 4 nice small stripers in succession this way.

The hydro glow night light brought in tons of plankton, but no shad. Most of the fish we caught were on my special rig, consisting of two #2 hooks (#2 proved to be the best sized hook to catch both large and small fish) about a foot apart, and then another foot down to a chartreuse grub on a 1/4 oz jig head. We fished predominantly with anchovies the whole trip. Sherm has conveyed to me how much he prefers fishing with x-raps and other shallow cranks, which seems to be a much more exciting way to fish, but I have yet to get into fish that way. I guess I get too comfortable fishing with bait. And he has done pretty good on chartreuse grubs in the past... Also, of the stripers we caught, it was a pretty even mix between picking up fish on the chovies or the green grub.

Some other guys fishing at the mouth were only using the green grub, but were chumming profusely. Monday seemed to need more chum to bring the fish in than usual. I cut the chum into as small a pieces as I could, to increase surface area of the chum (more scent) and also so that the only large and satisfying pieces they would find would have a hook attached.
Tuesday was much nicer, calm and warm weather. We fished again at the mouth of Moki, in our usual spot, the first cove on the right as you are going in. We tried fishing in the deep water in the middle of the canyon but couldn't find any fish. At the mouth we probably caught another 30 fish before heading back to bullfrog, most of them really nice sized small stripers. They are by far the best to eat.Lili caught the biggest striper of the trip, probably weighing in at around 10-12 lbs. The bigger fish seem to go for the grubs on the bottom more than the chovies a little higher up.

Camping in Moki I tossed in a line for catfish and came up with a few channel cats, and this odd one. I caught this fish twice on two occasions. Not sure what species it is...?

The three coolers-full were from the course of the trip (same 240 qt. mega cooler). Anyone looking for a good fish cooler should get this one... it's an igloo max cold 7 day cooler. Found it at costco for around $80. It holds PILES of fish, has a raised top to hold more fish, and has a convenient smaller hatch for dropping fish in without opening the main lid, keeping cold and flopping fish from escaping.All in all, further up the lake wasn't producing as much (for us), and Moki seems to be a consistent place to catch ideally-sized stripers. We probably ended up with 150-200 stripers in all. Viva la Shad!


23 April, 2007

Trip Tg Pinang

Tanjung Pinang Indonesia, salah satu destinasi percutian yang menarik dan ia juga menawarkan spot pancing yang mencabar. Ramai kaki pancing telah ke sana. Terdapat pelbagai ikan dan juga karang bulu yang termasyhur itu.
Grup Ah Keong membuat trip ini Jun tahun lalu. Dengan menaiki bot sewaan yg selesa, dilengkapi GPS/sonar, katil dan bilik berhawa dingin serta layanan 5 bintang dari krew bot. Makanan disediakan 5 kali sehari, awak2 yang sentiasa membantu mengangkat ikan dan memasang umpan di mana tugas pemancing hanya memancing dan berehat bila keletihan. Trip 2 hari 2 malam dirasakan berbaloi biarpun setiap kepala dikenakan yuran RM1,200 (tidak termasuk tambang feri).
Pemancing memulakan perjalanan dari Melaka dengan menaiki feri, feri singgah sebentar di Singapura untuk mengambil penumpang sebelum memulakan perjalanan selama 45 minit ke Tg Pinang.
Di sana tekong telah bersedia di jeti di mana urusan telah dibuat lebih awal. Perjalanan ke lubuk pertama tidak mengambil masa yang lama, hanya 30 minit perjalanan bot. Agak mengejutkan haruan tasik bersaiz bagak berjaya dijinakkan di lubuk tersebut walaupun mereka memancing di persisiran pantai sahaja.
Untuk gambar menarik mereka, sila klik link di bawah:

18 April, 2007

What's Biting This Summer

I throw together a page to give folks an idea of what sorts of fish they can catch offshore in most parts of Japan during the summer months. I’m sticking to game fish folks commonly take on lures as that’s my main area of knowledge.

Right now the weather’s warming up bringing with it a rise in the salinity level in Tokyo and Sagami Bay, as well as other near shore areas in and around Kanto. This makes for some good action with blue runner species especially in the mackeral and tuna families. The best fishing is off shore, but folks are able to get good catches from the shore along the costlines of Kanagawa, Chiba, and Shizuoka. This is a good time for newbie anglers to get started as the fish are generally biting like crazy leaving no one empty handed when the boat get back to shore. The species I’ll mention here can usually be caught on both jigs and surface minnows or poppers, but one or two can only be taken on jigs.

Taking a partyboat is in the best way to get a good days fishing in. For us Tokyo-ites it’s a relatively convenient way to go given that many of the ports are only a few minutes walk from a train station. I’ll get into some specific places to check out in my next post. The only draw back if any is that these boats can get a little crowded when the action is really good. My advice is to try and go on a week day if possible as the number of anglers won’t be so high.

Most folks are suprised to hear that Dorado (aka Dolphin Fish aka Mahi Mahi) can be easily caught just offshore in Japan. They’re called ‘Shira’ in Japanese. Anglers can take meter plus mahis between June and mid to late October in the Kanto area. The most popular method is to use a 6-8′ casting or twitching rod and 16 to 20lb mono. Recently alot of folks (myself included) are doing casting with PE using rods outfitted with Fuji Lowriders. Lure wise, folks cast poppers, pencils, and light jigs. Probably the most action for your buck during the summer months.

Many captains, especially in Sagami bay will do Dorado and Skipjack relays, where they bounce from one point to another depending on the conditions. A wide variety of tunas and bonitos are easily caught during the summer months aswell. Anytype of bonito or skip jack is called a ‘katsuo’. They can most easily be taken on jigs, but can be caught using poppers and pencils when feeding near the surface.

A common and very exciting site from the boat is what’s called a ‘tori-yama’, literally, a ‘bird mountain’. This is basically the phenomenon of dozens of guls flocking to an area where a large school of baitfish is swimming around. The occurance of game fish striking at the surface itself is called ‘nabura’. When one can see a cloud of birds diving at the ocean in a feeding frenzy from a good distance, it’s a sure bet that there are gamefish underneath getting there fill as well. It’s a pretty cool site.

During the later summer months expereinced anglers can go out for a variety of tuna. These are mostly albacore and yellowfin, but there are other varieties as well. To boat one you need a powerful reel like a Daiwa Saltiga or Shimano Stella SW spooled with a at least 300 meters of 30-50 puind braid. Your rod has to be 6′6″ minimum and should have a relatively parabolic action. -Not stiff like a GT rod. Folks cast pencils and poppers but the best way to get em is by casting a long 60-80 gram sliding jig into a school of sardines and giving it a few sharp jerks then letting it drift down a few meters as if it were a wounded baitfish. If the jig makes it past the dolphin fish, you get a chance at getting a tuna. Del.

Joran, Potak & Bob

Baru-baru ini, ayah ajak Bob pergi ke kolam terbiar bekas lombong pasir di Bandar Seri Ehsan dekat Banting. Ayah selalu bawa Bob memancing sama ada ke laut, pantai, sungai, kelong, kolam bayar atau lombong.

Ayah telah hadiahkan Bob set pancing ringan Tomman kerana Bob rajin ikut ayah. Ayah benarkan Bob buat lontaran setelah Bob diajar beberapa kali. Sekarang Bob sudah pandai menggunakan joran, kekili dan tidak takut lagi memegang umpan cacing serta lain-lain.

Semasa memancing di kolam terbiar ini, Bob gunakan umpan cacing. Bob akan bubuh banyak-banyak sebab ayah kata ikan semua tamak, hendak makan umpan banyak. Di kolam petang itu, kawan-kawan ayah seperti Abang Azuan, Abang Irsad dan Abang Sham sudah lama memancing iaitu sejak pagi lagi. Dalam baldi mereka Bob tengok ada macam-macam ikan. Antaranya ikan haruan, keli Afrika, anak belida dan tilapia. Tetapi yang banyak sekali ialah anak belida sebesar tapak tangan Bob.

Lepas bubuh umpan, Bob pun baling ke tengah kolam. Lama juga Bob tunggu tapi tidak ada ikan makan. Bob selalu juga karau untuk periksa umpan tapi ayah kerap marah. Dia kata Bob tidak sabar, kalau tidak sabar tidak boleh jadi pemancing.

Kali ini Bob bubuh umpan cacing lagi banyak. Bob baling umpan dekat dengan reba timbul. Tidak lama lepas itu hujung joran Bob bergetar. Bob tidak perasaan tapi Abang Azuan beritahu. Bob pun putar mesin kekili laju- laju. Rupa-rupanya Bob dapat anak ikan Belida. Kawan-kawan ayah semua tepuk tangan kepada Bob. Lepas bubuh umpan Bob lontar lagi tetapi tidak ada ikan yang sentuh lagi. Bila hari dah nak gelap ayah ajak Bob balik. Bob hendak bawa balik ikan yang Bob dapat tadi tetapi ayah kata bagi Abang Azuan. Bob tanya mengapa, ayah kata ikan itu banyak tulang nanti sakit tekak tercekik. Begitulah cerita Bob memancing di kolam terbiar.

16 April, 2007

Be Careful!

Susah betul pokcik nak update blog ni. Asyik kuar message IE cannot display la, Cannot connect la dsb bila nak log in. Access guna Internet Explorer problem, pokcik guna Mozilla Firefox, pun problem gak. Apepon ni pokcik letak gambo yg dipinjam dari website jiran, www.pancing.net. Ni bukan lagak ngeri mata tiga, tapi kira tragedi. Next time bila membaling pancing tu, tengok2 kawan2 kat belakang...eee bayangkan kesakitannya!

Greetings From Tokyo Japan

This is what I’m hoping will be the first of many reports and articles I put together to give sport fishermen around the world info about tackle, techniques, and species we get here in Japan. I’ve been here for almost five years and have had a good amount of angling experience mostly in Tokyo Bay and Sagami Bay. I also get down towards the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture and the Bosou Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture for big game jigging from time to time.

This time of year most lure fishermen in Tokyo Bay are going after Japanese sea bass, called ‘Suzuki’ in Japanese. Similar in appearance to a snook, these guys are a lot of fun to catch because they hit hard and fight hard. They can be taken at varying depths, typically upwards of 30 meters, as well as in the shallows against jetties, and at outflows from man made canals and natural river mouths.

There are two types of anglers who pursue these fish. Guys who like working the shoreline and guys who prefer to go out on a Japanese style party boat. I am of the later sort due to not having wheels of my own to get out to the good shoreline points. I can get to several boat docks by getting on a commuter train with my rods and tackle which is great being a resident of central Tokyo. An all day trip costs between 8500 and 12000 yen (that’s about 70-100 US) depending on which guide you go with. I patronize one that charges 8500 and has a really good reputation.


Sotobou Jigging Season

Hi everybody. For 5 consecutive days we can't access/log in into our postmaster area to update or amend any article. However, as promised here we published just for u all an articles from a friend; one from a series of his experience in saltwater of Japan. Ina.

About two weeks ago I headed off to the Pacific side of Chiba for some light tackle jigging. We had a good run on seabream and yellowtail. Mixed in were a bunch of other bottom dwelling fish called matodai and kintoki in Japanese. I can’t recall ever hearing what they’re called in English. They were pretty good eating though.

The weather is warming up so from this month until about the end of June there’ll be good yellowtail fishing over that way. This season lots of anglers are going to be switching from using standard metal jigs to using a new type of bullet jig called ‘Inchiku’ in Japanese. More on those later. To make a long story short, THEY WORK! - Del

11 April, 2007

Hi From Ina

Hi semua and pokcik

Thanks for giving me this opportunity to monitor and administrate the shout box as well 'limited' freedom/accesibility to the postmaster area.

Untuk permulaan Ina akan masukkan Video Clip yang ada kaitan dengan konsep blog ni. Harap pokcik tak kisah. Nanti Ina akan masukkan klip2 video seperti memancing menggunakan bungge (bungee fishing), menangkap ikan jerung menggunakan tangan (bare-hand shark catching) dan lain2 yang bersesuaian. Tapi Ina pun baru dalam bidang IT dan pancing ni. Jadi secara bereksperimen, Ina akan sesuaikan mengikut kehendak semasa. Kalau ada yang tak menjadi tolong ajarkan.

Good to meet all the bloggers. Good day, nice fishing!
Ina Duyung Dara

Ina Duyung Dara

Kepada semua pembaca blogsite Jom Pancing ni, pokcik nak announce bahawa pokcik dah francaiskan Gebang-gebang Tekong kepada Ina Duyung Dara (IDD). Pokcik ni kadang2 jenguk sekali sekala je kat blog ni, tak tau lah sejak kebelakangan ni rasa malas je nak masuk Mungkin kena Santau M kot...Santau Malas. Keje opis pun banyak juga sekarang ni. Kadang2 tu lalu jer kat blog ni, tengok sunyi jer pokcik sambung keje balik.

Ina Duyung Dara pun pokcik bagi laluan untuk mengomel atau komen apa yg patut kat blog ni. Jadi kalau korang nak chat atau bertukar pendapat, boleh lah. Tapi dia ni masih belajar kolej lagi, jadi chat yg patut2 la. Umur 21 tahun, masih single- belum ada pakwe. Kacukan Boer..hehehe Belanda campur Melayu. Fasih bertutur Bahasa Belanda, Inggeris, Melayu dan Mandarin. Dia akan jadi administrator untuk chat box tu bila takde kelas ye. Tapi kalau nak chat ngan pokcik, tinggal aje mesej kat chatbox tu, bila pokcik lalu, pokcik jawab ler.

Anyway Ina Duyung Dara (IDD), selamat menjadi keluarga pancing!

06 April, 2007

Basah Tali Kelong Lukut

Semalam Kamarul dan Iwan memancing di Kelong Mamod Lukut. Kat kelong ni biasalah melepaskan gian memancing dan untuk membasahkan tali pancing yang dah lama tersadai. Beliau juga sertakan gambar hasil tangkapan. Antara yang berjaya dipancing ialah ikan tambak, kerapu tikus, gerut, kunyit, gelama, sembilang dan anak talang. Bagi aksi appolo ikan selar kuning dan beliak mata berjaya dinaikkan.

Tapi kat kelong ni yang paling best ialah acara tidur, malam angin menderu2 dengan bunyi ombak lagi. Tu yang saya percaya beliau lebih banyak tidur dari memancing...
Untuk gambar-gambar ikan beliau, sila lihat album di sebelah kiri.

04 April, 2007

Enter the Tiger Fish in Zambezi

by Carolyn

Largest of the characins, the African Tigerfish is big, powerful, and well armed, thus making it among the worlds most sought after gamefish. It lives in the open rivers and streams of central and northern Africa. The impression one gets from viewing these fish, is one of awe, terror, and mystery, not unlike the feeling of watching a Great White Shark. This fish is basically an enlarged version of a tetra. All of the fins are pointed, there is an adipose fin, the scales are large for a characin, and the mouth and dentention are extremely well developed.
The teeth are designed and look like knives. Each tooth fits in a socket between each tooth, allowing the teeth to mesh like cutting sheers. All teeth are seen all the time even when the mouth is completely shut. The entire body is sleek and designed for speed.Horizontal unbroken black bands run along the entire body, hence the name tigerfish. The rest of the body is usually a silver-white-grey, however there is usually a metallic orange or yellow sheen. Many specimens have various blue to green pigmented scales.One of the most fearsome predators freshwater has ever known, the tigerfish has a viscious reputation. These fish hunt in large packs, just as their South American counterparts, the piranhas do. Prey consist primarily of other fish, but just about anything alive can fall prey to the tigerfish. Like the piranha, prey is eaten away bite by bite. Because they have razor sharp knife-like teeth, and extremely strong jaw muscles, they are among the few fish that can turn the tables on prey the same size or larger than themselves. There are unverified reports of attacks on humans.

My husband, Mark, eats no beef, chicken or pork and has spent years saving (rather than squishing) spiders, flies and sundry insects by carefully escorting them from inside the house to outside the house. This past weekend, he lost all this positive karma in a two-hour span of fishing on the Zambezi River near Mana Pools National Park in northern Zimbabwe. It was worth it.

Fishing is not a pastime that usually appeals to me, but that afternoon the river was particularly inviting and fishing seemed like a good way to experience it. Once afloat, we saw crocodiles and hippopotamuses plying the shoreline – the crocs impressing us with their stealth, their terror-inducing incisors, and their armor-like scales, and the hippos punctuating the stillness with a ruckus of guffaw-like honks. Saddle-bill storks waded in the tall grasses, white-fronted bee-eaters flitted in and out of their riverbank nests, and a fish eagle manned his treetop look-out. On the Zambian side of the river, this scene was framed by the Zambezi Escarpment, a picturesque row of small mountains.

Although neither of us had cast a line for many years, Mark hauled in two fish, including a tiger fish – one of the most sought-after catches in the Zambezi, largely because of the challenge of reeling it in. Tiger fish are fighters – once hooked, only one in ten are brought onto the boat. Mark and I had several “ones that got away” before he perfected the balance of pulling and reeling, and, in thirty seconds of action-packed drama, caught a four-pounder. The fish was silver, with dotted black lines down its body and a peach-colored tint to its fins and tail. Its sharp, fierce-looking teeth presented a very intimidating appearance. (The literal translation of the fish’s scientific name, Hydrocyon vittatus, is “striped water dog.”) For breeding purposes, female tiger fish are typically thrown back into the river, but Mark’s catch was male and sizeable enough to save for a pre-dinner snack.

Tiger fish is a white fish that tastes similar to bream (a.k.a. tilapia). It is much bonier than bream, however, which means it isn’t very conducive for serving whole or as a filet. The camp chef skillfully prepared Mark’s fish by cutting it into small boneless pieces and frying these pieces in a thick batter. He served the tiger fish nuggets on lettuce, with slices of lemon and tomato. They were gobbled up before I had the chance to take a photo. Apparently, tiger fish is also excellent when pickled.

Resepi - Tenggiri Asam Pedas

Bagi yang menggemari masakan asam pedas tapi tak tahu nak membuatnya, Chef Selebriti Jun menurunkan resepinya. Asam pedas ni kalau tak betul bahannya akan jadi singgang (singgam klu ikut Niazor). Mari mencuba..
apa kabo pokcik. lama x anta resipi....bukan ape. teringat pokcik bz aje lately, malas nak kacau. ni pun dah lama terperap kat umah jun. dah brape kali basi dah..hahaha....sbb pokcik dah tanya, ni jun anta lah gak.
kali ni jun anta resipi masak asam pedas sbb pokcik dok sebut2 tu kat umah pokcik. tp ni malacca style ek...kiranya resipi mak jun la. jun ni asal aje kat sana tp bab2 yg berkaitan ngan melaka, fail gak.. asam pedas ni pun ada mcm2 jenis. yg ni jun guna ikan tenggiri. ikan tenggiri atau pun dikenali sebagai Spanish Mackerel (apsal lak sepanyol dpt nama nih!..) atau pun dalam bahasa cina nya dikenali sebagai Kau Yee (x tau la dialect mana pokcik..). ikan ni mmg boleh masak mcm2 jenis resipi...kiranya antara ikan yg 'versatile' la... selain dari tu wat keropok pon boleh. mmg serba boleh lah..hehe. ia juga antara ikan yg paling boleh bertahan lama dalam 'fridge'. ye lah...nak plak yg skali seminggu g pasar cam jun ni..wahaha...
ok la..kita straight tu d recipe ye..3 keping ikan tenggiri. bahan kisar:-bawang merah, bawang putih,cili kering, halia, jintan manis, juntan putih,kunyit n lada hitam.bahan tumis:-bawang besar, halba, biji sawi n daun karibahan tambahan:-serai, bunga kantan, daun kesum,air asam jawa,garam, gula, air,tomato dan kacang bendi.cara2:-panas minyak, tumis bahan tumis, masuk bahan kisar dan kemudian masuk bahan2 lain serta ikan...ala, masak macam masak asam yg biasa tu gak la...wokeh pokcik....nanti try la yek...senang aje ni. nanti belanja jun makan ikan bakar ye....bye dulu...jumpa lagi....salam