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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Kelong fever

Despite all that I've said in the previous post... we are going to Sibu kelong tomorrow! Kekeke... Hope there will be a good CR to share in 3 day's time!  :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Disappearing act

First I must apologise for having disappeared so long from my last post till now, then I'm going to give my excuse - I was admitted to hospital on the 15th for a laparoscopic myomectomy.  So what? You may ask. Well, I wouldn't have bothered telling you this if not for the fact that my doctor gave me 32 days MC... Gasp!

Before everyone start grinning and slapping me on the back saying how lucky I am, let me tell you that I am virtually 'bedridden' for the first week, not allowed to do anything that is stressful for the second, and highly unlikely to be anywhere near a body of water in which you can find fish for the entire month. Sob....

No fishing till Chinese New Year? Boohoo!  :(

Monday, January 11, 2010

Kayak fever

Decided to give kayak fishing a try. When my friend who owns a double seater kayak and asked me along, I accepted his invitation straight away. Actually I was tempted by the idea of harvesting fresh mussels from the sea structures. I tried those fresh mussels a couple of times before and they were fabulous! But that was many years back whereby I could still swim to the middle of the sea to harvest them. But now, those reachable areas are all barren already.

Due to some hiccups, it was around 8am plus when we reached the spot.  We only had a few hours of fishing before the sun became unbearable. I was in charge of harvesting the mussels while my friend was fishing for bait fish. He would hook up a bait fish and park his other rod while continue his bait fish hunting. It was not long before his bait fish was taken by a queenfish. Subsequently, the bait fish was taken at an average of about 5-10 minutes, all suspected to be queenies. The bite rate was quite frenzied!

But due to our clumsiness on the kayak with limited space, the hook sets were not proper most of the time. There were about 6-7 takes altogether but we only managed to land 2 before police coast guards came to disturb us and we decided to call it a day. I tried luring for them on the surface but seemed like they prefer to loiter around at the bottom.

It was quite a fruitful trip considering that it was my first kayak fishing trip and without a fish finder. The battery that I bought for the fish finder was a faulty one, sianz... Next time, we will definitely return with a working fish finder and hopefully have more to show.

Total catch for the day

- Special report by QWT

Sunday, January 10, 2010

More Bluefin Tuna...

Yikes! It has actually been a week since the last post! Forgive me, readers. Last week was the first week of school, and it's not easy to get back into the rhythm of a working schedule after resting for about one month.  :p

And yes, the lure of fresh tuna sashimi was too much to resist... We went over to Isetan Scotts again! Kekeke...

This time, I paid more attention to the prices of the different cuts of tuna sashimi:

Akami $190/kg

Chutoro $408/kg

Ootoro $480/kg

Isn't the price difference amazing? If you want melt-in-your-mouth tuna sashimi, skip the chutoro and go straight for the ootoro! This was what we bought...

Negitoro and a tray of sashimi including all 3 cuts.

It was definitely worth it!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Blue fin tuna sashimi anyone?

I was shopping at Isetan Scotts and again had a chance to see a whole bluefin tuna, which was waiting to be sliced up by a Japanese chef. Even though I wasn't the one who caught it, having a taste of it would satisfy me as well!

This fish cost $195/kg

According to the staff, the one that was carved up yesterday was even bigger at 50 over kg!

Vital statistics... 

Those who want to see how a chef divide an entire fish into different cuts and portions can make their way down to the supermarket at the basement of Isetan at Scotts Road. You have 3 more chances to see this - Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday (5th, 9th and 10th Jan) at 2pm sharp. If you do find yourself there, you have to try the sushi or sashimi made from these fish. Oishi!!

A registry for recreational anglers?

According to the Tampa Bay Online, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) of America has started a National Saltwater Angler Registry beginning this year. The reason behind is of course for the government to be able to keep track of the number and species of fish caught.

"By registering, recreational anglers will make their catch count," said Jim Balsiger, acting NOAA assistant administrator for NOAA's Fisheries Service. "The National Saltwater Angler Registry is an important tool that will enable us to better estimate the health of marine fisheries so that we're able to preserve the pastime of recreational saltwater fishing for generations to come."

This will work, assuming that all regulations and restrictions like bag limits are strictly adhered to. In addition, anglers must willingly register and conscientiously report their catch every time.

Hmm... Having witnessed people 'dabao-ing' their catches from reservoirs in Singapore and wishing that there are stringent checks by the relevant authorities, do you think this will work in America?

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