Monday, May 28, 2007

Nenasi (铁钉岛) - 27th May 2007

40 days! That's how long I stayed high and dry since my KK fishing trip. I was supposed to have gone to Nenasi couple times in the past few weeks but got caught up at work and stuffs. It was quite a tiring trip as we had to leave KL at 1am on a Sunday morning and we reached Nenasi, Pahang at around 5am. I was the part-time cum co-driver so I didn't sleep at all.

The boat ride to 铁钉岛/Nail Island took us about two and a half hours. Our main objective to 铁钉岛 was popping. But unfortunately, my only popping rod is a PE7 8 footer which I felt was WAY overkill. So I went 'light and easy' bringing my haruans outfit.

Arsenal -
1) Throlling/Bottom - G Craft Jekyll Short Rodder PE6 with Avet SX 40lbs
2) Popping/Casting - Berkley Series One (12-20lbs) with ABU Revo SX 15lbs
3) Popping/Casting - Team Daiwa Light & Tough (10-17lbs) with Shimano Technium 4000 30lbs
4) Jigging - Extreme Anglers Custom PE1.8 with Daiwa Caldia Kix 4000 30lbs

We started off the morning popping round and round 铁钉岛. On 1 of the kaki's first cast, there was already a strike but no hookup. Damn you blind fishes!! We popped for 2 hours around the island but we didn't land anything :-) Pretty normal by my standard. Hahahah...!! We had many strikes in the 2 hours and even MORE missed ones!!! DAMN YOU BLIND FISHES!!! AIM PROPERLY pls!! In the 2 hours, I had 3 missed strikes and 2 strikes but no solid hookup. 1 I suspect is Todak. Both managed to peel line from my Shimano Technium straight out for 10 seconds non-stop. the Todak jumped and flipped out my mini poppers :-p FUN!! Both lost. STILL FUN!!

After popping, we started throlling around the island. I was throlling a Rapala red head with my Short Rodder and Avet SX. On the second round, STRIKE! Shiok............!!! Tenggiri!! HAHAHAHA!!! Unfortunately, that was the only decent size fish landed the whole day. Fortunately, it was landed by ME!! 13lbs on the Boga! Kekeke... We continued throlling for an hour and proceeded on to sotong jigging around the nearby 'unjangs'.

After throlling, everyone else started bottoming and squiding, and I spent the rest of the day jigging; non-stop til 4:30pm, under the sun, with shorts and short sleeve collar T, still haven't slept, and no fish... From now on, I shall be called...KY the Burnt Jinxed Jigger :-s There were not much 'jigging' fun with this group as no one jig throughout the day. What's even worst is they started saying stuffs like 'no need to jig fish!', 'so hot outside, you crazy ah?', 'if got fish, not need to jig so long one.' Annoying.

Anyway, we headed back to land around 5:30pm and we shower at the boatman's house. It was quite funky as their bathroom don't have a door. Just a piece of cloth which keeps on swinging to the wind. I cleaned myself in 2 minutes, or was it 1?

Overall this was a happy trip. Although it was just 1 Tenggiri, it was also the ONLY decent fish landed. And I've not caught anything decent for quite a while. I guess when you're running on a dry spell, a single drop of rain is enough to send you to heaven :-)
The early sunrise The early fisherman
Approaching 铁钉岛/Nail Island
It is suppose to look like a nail from certain angle :-)
Some green eyes :-)
I think they call these 'kunyit'. This was what everyone was catching when I was jigging under the sun. And some other small fishes. Baby barracuda :-) The only fish caught on jig throughout the day. Well at least I caught something... Released to fight another day.
One of the giant green eye.
Tenggiri / Mackerel :-)
Cruising to another 'unjang'.
1 little 2 little 3 little Indians...4 little 5 little 6 little Indians...They were damn noisy...!!
Check out how burnt I am?! :-s Poor spider...

Egg York Sunset :-D And the 'lonely' tree.
This is where we always have our dinner after fishing in Pekan/Merchung/Nenasi. Its right before Kuantan. Good food. Most importantly, FAST!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Shimano Stella 8000 FA

I can't believe has been 37 days since my last fishing trip!! This is by far the longest gap ever in the past 1 year plus!! :-(

And only 1 posting in the entire month!??! And even that also non-fishing related... :-(

Anyway, it has been a really busy month with work and stuffs. Hence didn't really have time for fishing or any fishing related activities. Fortunately, the future is all bright and exciting!! I've got a trip confirmed to Burma Banks, Myanmar December this year, Spratly next year April, and possible Lucornia next year March. So it's ALL good!! :-D

Lets go back to the MAIN topic....SHIMANO STELLA 8000!!! kekekekkeke....

Been waiting for this baby to arrive at Sykt Kepong for over a month! They have the SWs but I didn't want to pay another RM800 just to get a spare spool. Would rather use the money to pimp my reel. So 2 nights back, finally got a call from KC of Sykt Kepong -

KC - 'Ken! Your FA arrived already! How?'
KY - 'Really ah? What time is it now?' (was taking a nap, hence blur blur a bit)
KC - '8pm something.'
KY - ' much ah?'
KC - 'RMxxxx'
KY - 'erm...OK!! I come now to take!!'
KC - 'Ok. Bye.'


Here are some shoots, as usual! And some specs below!

Moment of anticipation! :-)

The package - Instruction guide, schematics, oil, washers, extra T-bar handle, spool wrap and the Shimano STELLA!!! :-p

Shimano Stella 8000 side by side a Shimano Navi 8000

Here are some extracts from the Instruction Guide -

- 15 Stainless steel ball bearings + 1 roller bearing

- A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings)™ - All 15 ball bearings are A-RB type which are salt-water resistant. These bearings are 10 times more durable compared to normal Stainless Steel Bearings.

- FLUIDRIVE® II Gearing System - features a large-bore master gear developed after thorough research into the optimal shape of the gear teeth. The specially shaped gear tooth surface, polished via a wrapping process, makes the winding smooth and effortless.

- Aluminium Body Construction

- DYNA BALANCE® Wooble Free System

- Super Stopper II Anti-Reverse Bearing - This new anti-reverse system has been designed for maximum durability and instant hooksets. The system uses a one-way roller bearing that has been beefed up with extra thick rollers and race. Under no circumstances should grease be applied to the roller bearings of the Super Stopper. this will impair the movement of the roller and may cause the stopper to cease functioning.

- Oversized Power Roller Line Roller - a special line roller that reduces spinning reel line twist. PowerRoller reduces the line twist arising from repeated casting and retrieving - up to 50%. PowerRoller's special grooved design assures the line will be wrapped on the spool to minimize forward line twist.

- New FLOATING SHAFT™ Design - which is one of the secrets of the reel's performance, is the result of adopting a bearing to support the spool shaft and separate it from the pinion gear. This design improvement greatly reduces friction.

- Superslow Oscillation - The oscillation of the spool has been adjusted to a fraction of the speed of previous models. Line is wound onto the spool slowly and in close proximity, which results in a beautiful line lay. Slow speed oscillation also helps control and minimise energy loss during the cast, which can help realise longer casting performance.

- Super Duralumin, Aircraft Grade Alloy - The master gear is made of A7075 series Super Duralumin aircraft grade aluminium alloy for high strength and low weight. It is further coated with a layer of Black Almite. Black Almite coating is a microscopically thin coating that provides scratch resistance and increased corrosion resistance to saltwater.

- Pure Carbon Drag Washer - The drag washer made from pure carbon provides a smooth performance from zero to maximum drag power. It has also excellent durability.

- Maintenance Port - This is a great feature for easy maintenance. Keep your STELLA in great working condition by directly oiling the inside mechanisms without taking the reel apart through the Maintenance Port.

- Septon® CPD Handle Knob - The STELLA handlebar knob is made of SEPTON® CPD, a thermoplastic elastomer excellent elasticity. It is a PVC-free and solvent-free product that gives a comfortable, tactile feel. (Septon® is a registered trademark of Kuraray Co.,Ltd)

Specifications -

Model - STL-8000FA

Gear Ration - 5.0:1

Weight - 22.8 oz

Line Capacity - 12/325, 16/250