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June 2, Kemaman Squid Jigging Field Report...


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#1 samo

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 12:34 PM

Hello folks! Firstly, greetings from Malaysia..

I just got back from Chukai, a small town in Kemaman, Terengganu (Long 4.13'52.55' N, Lat 103, 25"09.11' E) where I followed up on another squid-jigging trip.. This locaton is about three hours drive from Kuala Lumpur where I live and is most ideal because its not too far. My buddies who joined me for the first time were rather sceptical about the squid jigging conditions because they have never done any except for egging in the South East.. (jigging for cuttlefish), anyways, the squid season in East Coast Malaysia spans from April - August with June, July and August as the best jigging time.. It doesn't cost much to charter a boat inclusive of fuel and wages for the captain and his mate for an overnight trip.. We started pushing off from the harbour at 1545, arrived on the jigging spot at 1815.. First, the action was rather slow, but after shifting to a new spot, we hit the motherlode! This, in my humble opinion, was the best squid jigging experience I've had in the last 10 years! It was non-stop action from 1950 - 2300hrs.. We landed about 50kgs of 'sotong torak' which is the largest squid specimen ever to be found in our waters.. So, that said, another follow-up trip is in order next month! Okay, here are some pictorial highlights from my latest outing..

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Me and my long-time fishing buddy nice guy Eddie getting all pumped up for the trip..

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Loading up, getting ready to hit the high seas..

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It took us more than three hours to reach our jigging spot..

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#2 samo

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 12:37 PM

More photos added..

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And at the mean time, we got ourselves ready for action..

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Me, tying up my Williamson Lure Chokka squid jig..

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Here's my jigs..

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The Chokka jigs are not that efficient in our waters.. The yield is much less than the Japanese floating jigs that are sold here for RM13 a pack.. The colour is very effective..

Sam

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#3 samo

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 12:42 PM

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Despite the disadvantage, I managed to land this sizeable catch..

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First kill of the day..

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Thanks to effective rigging and the right lure, our boys have had some really good fun!

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This one is excellent for eating! Just the right size..

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 12:44 PM

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Eddie with his double hook-up..

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The feeding frenzy continues..

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Its bad-luck to break your hand-spool.. Mine was mangled when I accidentally stepped on it..

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Nevertheless, the frenzy continues..

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 07:37 PM

Hi samo, Great work!

Its great to see all the photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Hope your next trip is just as good!!!

Cheers, Glen :th
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#6 samo

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 12:21 AM

G'DAy Glen, Thanks for yer kind words! This has been the best squid jigging trip I've ever done in the past 10 years!

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This explains why I am squid-crazy!

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I'm all set for another trip at the end of this month.. :ink:

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#7 DaNieL_J

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 12:21 AM

wow you have some amazing squid over there
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Posted 26 May 2010 - 04:12 PM

Looking at your photos, I am interested to go squid fishing too off the Terengganu coast, any town will do. :th It will be my first experience. Can you tell me how I can charter a boat ? What is the approximate cost ? And what do I need to prepare ? Will really appreciate your reply.
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