Kuala Rompin – East Peninsular Malaysia (July 08)
Day 1 (5.07.08)
Weather:Calm AM, breezy PM.
Time:AM – PM
We left port at Kuala Rompin at around 8.30am. Our first stop was to collect live-bait at some local FADS. Whilst there, a local fisherman was fishing for Tenggiri (Narrow-Barred Spanish mackerel, AKA Kingfish) & said that the fishing was good. We also noted some surface activity so decided to spend half an hour trolling – we put out some deep-diving plugs and circled the area …… nothing. We then put out a couple of livies, and despite them showing occasional signs of panick, we got no hits, so we decided to head offshore & begin the sailfish hunt. We motored c.25-30km offshore to a “reef” & put out 2 livies under balloons. It was slow, but after c.2hrs the Saltiga rod (paired with a Shimano Stella 20000 reel loaded with 40lb braid) went off. I pick-up the rod as the fish headed to the right, and wound down until the circle hook found its spot and I tightened into a reasonable sailfish. I immediately passed the rod to Siôn for the fight. Siôn demonstrated considerable angling skill and soon fought the c.25kg sail to the boat… his first. He was very happy – his personal best fish (by about 18kgs ….!) and his first billfish.
A very happy Siôn Griffin with his first ever Sailfish & personal best catch (c.25kg)
Shortly after, Siôn was catching bait when he said that he thought he’d hooked the bottom. His line then came free and a large Cobia (the “bottom”) followed his sabiki + baits to the surface. I dropped a livie, but it ignored it & headed straight for the balloon bait that was being let out t the stern by the mate. The mate felt the take, let the fish run for a few seconds and then set the drag …. fish on! I took over and, after a relatively weak fight on (too heavy) 30-50lb class stand-up tackle, a plump 10kg Cobia was soon in the boat. This was followed mid afternoon by my first sail of the day, a c,28kg fish & capped of the day with a “Singapore Marlin” …… c.3kg garfish, that surprised Siôn by making a sudden, explosive run that nearly pulled him off his feet! That marked the end of the action for the day – a very enjoyable return to Rompin, and some new species (Cobia) and personal bests for us. We rounded the day off with fresh cobia steaks washed down with Tiger beers (me and Anthony, not Siôn – he had 100 plus …..) before hitting the sack for an early night.
c.10kg Cobia. Dinner!
Day 2 (6.07.08)
Weather:Light swell, slight chop PM.
Time:AM – PM
My first ever Black Marlin – a beautifully coloured c.30kg + fish
Black Marlin fight sequence
We had another slow period, followed by a couple of half takes before I set the hook on a decent sailfish. Siôn took over and did the honours, battling a good fish to the boat. This fish was tired, so we opted to take some quick picture in the water to ensure a healthy release. Anthony estimated this fish to be pushing the 40kg mark, although the pictures didn’t do it justice. Siôn was very happy, particularly as this fish was bigger than any sail that I’d ever caught. His personal best ever fish had now jumped to the 40kg mark! This fish was the last of the trip & we returned to port very satisfied with the trip, planning to make another trip the following month.
Siôn with his second Sailfish of the trip and new “personal best” at c.40kg