Mervin Boey Fishing Note Book

First & Maybe the Last on Sea
October 1, 2011, 9:28 pm
Filed under: Fly Fishing, Offshore | Tags: , ,

 The pictures of Regis island with almost like Maldives clear water and deep drop offs inspired me to plan a fishing adventure. Upon reaching Tioman, the weather was cloudy and windy with fair bit of choppy waves. Nevertheless I still went ahead with my plan and setup almost immediately after my check in to the resort.

Setting up and ready for launch

Choppy ride to the Regis island

Landed on the Regis island

Plentiful of small groupers but too many snorkelers therefore did not fish too long

I decided to relaunch the kayak and plan to cast while I drift back. It was a terrible mistake with wind howling at my back and underwater current moving in opposite direction! Less than 50 metres away from the island, my kayak flipped and I went into the water with all the flyline tangling around my leg. For a moment I thought I will be dead in no time. I calmed myself down and try to untangle myself from the line with one hand holding on to the kayak and the other hand grabbing the sinking oar. It was almost an impossible task especially my bag was filled with water and pulling me down.

Thank God that I managed to get myself out of the messy line but it was almost fruitless attempt to overturn the kayak again. There was no one or a single boat nearby and none can come to my rescue. I swam against the current with one hand pushing the kayak and the other holding on the heavy sinking oar and my rod. The 45 minutes swim seemed like eternal as I was unable to swim back to shore due the strong underwater current. Fortunately, a boat spotted me from the other side and came to my rescue.It was really a hallelujah relief moment for me. I am extremely thankful that I am still kicking alive.

Upon arrival in Singapore, I got to know about the unfortunate incident that a boat capsized with anglers thrown aboard with 2 missing Singaporeans. I can almost relate to it instantly. May God bless the 2 missing Singaporean anglers’ families.

I want to admit that I am truly reckless in my push for adventure. I cant emphasize more that SAFETY IS PRIORITY!


2010 Pilgrimage trip to Kuala Rompin Oct 1st – 3rd
November 24, 2010, 11:23 pm
Filed under: Offshore

Yet again its time to go back to hunt for sailfish however not much positive news on sailfish catch rumored in Singapore. Sailfish was hardly seen and no one knows where they are.

During our 2 days of fishing, it was indeed hard to spot them and baitfish were almost zero. Most of the boats have resorted buying in pails of fresh anchovy from the trawlers to use as bait for bottom.

We did not bother to chase for sailfish and decided to concentrate on bottom fishing instead. Our haul was one of best amongst the many boats over the weekend. We caught many “Selar puam puam” which the locals call it. They were fantastic on light tackle which succumbed easily to the anchovy bait.

We managed to get even decent catches on 2nd day with many misses on Ang Kuay and Chermins.

Kuala Rompin Pahang 2009 Summary
December 30, 2009, 12:44 am
Filed under: Great Stuffs, Offshore

Before the year 2009 ends, I would like to sum up the 3 trips to Rompin in 2009. Enjoy the pictures.

The familiar breakfast to many

The rods salute

The frenzy

Doradoes ( Do not ask me why they were not CnR ) They taste good when deep fried.

Ladies with Doradoes

Big Ika everywhere

Plenty of Leatherjackets with assorted fishes for one day

I hit on a bullet train!

30kg cobia with my fiancee and me

16kg cobia with Desmond and Huiling

Beach boys wannabes

2nd trip with bad waters.
Nevertheless settle with big arrowheads

3rd trip Sailfish Hunting
Tengirri on trolling

Devil look alike green eye

Game on for Fred

Double hookup for Huiling and Simon

My turn now

Big Ika still everywhere

Here comes the surprise!
Big cobia again!

Huiling with her cobia

My sexy cobia

Goodbye Rompin 2009. See you in 2010.

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