We set off, in perfect conditions, out into the Strait of Malacca; me, Noru, Eddy, Badrul and Captain Apek. We were in search of Queenfish. I was also hoping to attempt to catch live-bait and see what other denizens of the deep could be coaxed out of the busy shipping lanes. The seas were calm and a light cloud cover and mild haze helped to disperse the sun in the harsh conditions of an open boat!
Preparing to depart in flat calm conditions
As soon as we reached the shipping lanes, Queenfish could be seen boiling on the surface attacking baitfish and with the associated seabird mêlée. Noru soon hooked-up the first fish using a deep jigging technique. This was a nice fish of around 3kg. This was soon followed with another caught by Badrul, a slightly larger fish again taken deep jigging. This was shaping up to be a good trip, I thought, with two fish within half an hour of arriving. But, unfortunately that was it for the day! We saw no further surface or bird activity, despite trying a number of locations along the lanes. I also made several attempts to catch live bait without success! Just by chance, Noru’s friend Din (see previous Port Dickson post) had also booked a boat for the day – we encountered them a offshore a number of times during the morning – and they managed to catch six Queenies in the early session before the bite switched off.
We decided to head near to shore, trying off the cliffs of Cape Rachado at Tanjung Tuan and also a reef just offshore of Port Dickson, or barracudas, without success. As it was still relatively early, we decided to make a second trip offshore to see if a late afternoon bite was going to develop. We stopped back at the fishing Kampung to re-fuel and returned once again to the shipping lanes. But it was dead, with no sign of activity and no more strikes. We were, however, treated to the sight of numerous large cargo ships, from different corners of the globe, as the ceaseless wheels of international traded continued to turn ….!