Mervin Boey Fishing Note Book

I love baby peacock bass
November 29, 2011, 1:12 am
Filed under: Fly Fishing

1. They are small
2. They are abundant and everywhere
3. They are easy to catch
4. They provide cheap thrills

Short Clip: Pacus on Kayaks
November 14, 2011, 12:32 am
Filed under: Fly Fishing, Great Stuffs, Video

Courtesy of Mah’s video in which I edited for a 80’s feel. The good old times of landing countless Pacus on a kayak…

I want one too for Xmas!
November 13, 2011, 9:40 pm
Filed under: Great Stuffs, Video

Thanks to Mah’s recommendation, I stumbled a video on Nikon AW100 with a flyfisherman doing the review. I seriously need to give up my Canon D10 for this Nikon AW100!

My Fishing Time Capsule 1999-2003
October 31, 2011, 10:38 pm
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Leisure Day out at Kranji Reservoir
October 23, 2011, 10:27 pm
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An enjoyable light evening fly fishing outing with the usual kakis and wives. It always ended with the best in the world 煮炒 dinner near to the reservoir. Some say better than Batam!

Beautiful weather and clouds

Henry with a decent beautiful peacock bass

Montana Fly Fishing
October 22, 2011, 11:34 pm
Filed under: Video

First Time to Aunty’s Pond
October 13, 2011, 9:21 pm
Filed under: Pond Fishing, Power Bait Fishing | Tags: , ,

Thanks to my new found friend and kaki, Stephen who introduced me to this pond. I have always wanted to try the pond long time ago but timing was always wrong. Stephen was free and brought me to the Aunty pond which is his usual playground. He showed me all the ropes and tricks on where to get the fishes. It was so true that he started landed fishes not too long we started. Overall, it was an awesome trip with a very good haul of fishes and companion. I managed a total of 6 fishes with different varieties in the bag for just 3 hours of fishing.

My first fish, Ang Kuay “Red Chicken” on rubber lure, courtesy of Stephen’s tackle box

Mangrove Jack

Fingermark Snapper “Ang Cho Kee”


Unproductive Trip for Snakehead
October 6, 2011, 9:09 pm
Filed under: Lure Fishing, Pond Fishing | Tags:

I was invited to a first opening session of a snakehead pond but the fishes were not co-operative. They took no interest on surface lures, mid divers and deep divers. As for me, I still managed 3 hits on my fly setup but failed to register a solid hook up. It was getting boring and tiring to keep casting in a pond of inactive fishes. Owner decided to shift us to another “pond” but water was extremely low. It did not look too attractive at all and extremely challenging for me to cast out my fly. They took no interest in my popper fly as the rest of the lurers were chugging big poppers and getting cautious strikes. I borrowed a luring setup and finally managed to land one 9lb snakehead in which I packed up straight after that. Nevertheless it was a good excursion into nature but not a productive fishing trip.

Setting up

All smiles but no fish

The not too attractive pond


The most expensive 9lb snakehead I ever landed

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!

Tinfoil Barb – An Elusive Fish on Fly
September 11, 2011, 11:54 pm
Filed under: Fly Fishing, Great Stuffs | Tags: ,

Tinfoil Barbs (barbonymus schwanenfeldii) are also known Lampans as which can seen at local reservoir in schools shoaling at the shallower coves. It is distinguishable from other species of the genus in having a red dorsal fin with a black blotch at the tip, red pectoral, pelvic and anal fins, red caudal fin with white margin and a black submarginal stripe along each lobe, and 8 scale rows between dorsal-fin origin and lateral line.

Large individuals are silvery or golden yellow while alive with its dorsal fin red and caudal fin orange or blood-red. It grows up to 14 inches (35 cm) in length. Tinfoil Barbs have a lifespan of 8 to 10 years.

It is largely herbivorous, consuming aquatic macrophytes and submerged land plants, as well as filamentous algae and occasionally insects. It also feeds on small fishes, worms, and crustaceans.

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