Tuesday, September 21, 2010
3 Days 2 Nights Sabah Excursion.
The recent hari raya not only bring joy to families but also to Hardcore fisherman, who rarely got a chance on a long vacation. I had a chance to go back to my wife hometown for Raya, and after 2nd day of raya, my sea leg started to get itchy. Need to lepas my gian.. Armed with 1/2 dozen local boat operator phone number... i started calling them.. The conversation would start like this...in sabah slang..
Me: Aloo Bos, bot ada kluar ka besuk?
Boat owner : Tiada woo.. hari lima saja baru kluar.. (hari lima in sabah slang means friday)
Me: Ok tenkiu..
I started to make calls the 3rd day of raya and i wasn't gonna wait until to go fishan.. If i had to, i will fly to Tawau for fishing (got an invitation from a very close friend of mine.)
On monday evening .. the fateful call..
Me: Bos, ko ada kluar ka hari kerja?
Boat owner: Bot saya ada kluar bisuk.. ko mau ikut ka? 3 hari 2 malam..
Me: Buleh bos.. saya mau ikut..
Boat owner: Ok bisuk pagi jam 7:30..
Took me another 2 hour to buy all the necessary equipment for the impromptu fishan trip..
luckily the store wasn't that far from the house .. only 10 minute drive..
The next morning i arrive at the KK jetty at 7:15 am..
First look at my hotel for the next 3D 2 N..Although the boat look little bit rusty.. but i think it's much professional and better than any fishan boat from the East Coast.. There's a cabin that can sleep 10 people comfortably. Proper working toilet with freshwater and the captain with the help of 2 crewmembers.
The journey took 4 hour to the fishin ground.. with the speed average around 7-8 knots (18- 22 km /hr). So we spend our time prepping up the gear...
Apparently, i'm the only outsider on the boat as the rest are seasoned local angler from KK. How do i know they're regular anglers? look at the equipment below..
The reels are motorized!!! Using a car battery as a power.. and each angler brought 2 cooler box which is medium size red box that you see in pasar ikan..
Whereas, i came on board with 1 small cooler box and 1 styrofoam box.. too embarrased even to put the picture here..
Look at the minimum size of the reels..
Location of our fishing ground.. a standard 80-100km off the coast of KK. The water was quite calm.. good for people who are seasick, but not that good for fishing. The tekong changes place on average of 7 places in 1 day.. and no wonder the trip need to be 3D 2N as journey from 1 fishing ground to another will take between 1/2 hour to an hour. At least the tekong are willing to change places..
After 3D 2N trip the result are not that impressive according to the local / seasoned angler.. but for me this is one of the best trip that i've been .. although i could have caught some bigger fish..
It was well worth it.. with a little bit of sunburn.. :) and some new fishan friend..