11 July 2010

Shimano Slade 1000FB

Shimano Slade 1000FBGot this reel at the Shimano Fun Fishing Day 2010, I think this my prize for the Fishing Game.  I always wanted to get a 1000 sized reel, so this comes at a good time, but with the AX 1000FB I got at the same event, all of a sudden I have two 1000 sized reel.

No idea what to do with this reel, although it is well built with Aluminum body, but the specs is pretty pathetic, 1 x bearing and 1 x Roller bearing. After thinking for a while, I decided to use this reel 'as it is', which in my term totally unmodified, with all the with lithium grease inside the body. See how good does this 'Entry Level' reel last, how much abuse it can take as I intend to use it for almost everything, from very light bottom fishing to maybe luring.

Shimano AX 1000FB

PhotobucketGot this reel at the Shimano Fun Fishing Day 2010, I think this my Lucky Draw prize.  Thinking of selling it away, but notice that the spool use the AR-C design, which suppose to cast better.  So decided against selling it and upgrade it with a few bearings, think I will use it for light luring.

With it's graphite body, it could be light to pair with a noodle rod for some half beak fun. Most likely, I will spool it with some 4lb or 5lb braided lines, as most Shimano reels at 1000 size are rated at about 2kg drag.

25 June 2010

Sister Island - Great Getaway

Sister islands, a pair of small island on the southern part of our small country. My belief that it is not a familiar place for most of us to visit as there is no regular ferry trip to these island unlike St John & Kusu islands. So would one expect a run down, ill maintained island then? Nay, small both it might be, but it is a nicely maintained with proper toilet facilities.

Recently, been asked to see if I am keen to join a batch of hardcore anglers to one of the islands, heck yes, though I know that fishing is a bit tough there, but heck, it is not often to be able to find a gang of 12 pax to split the cost of charter a ferry there.

29 May 2010

Daiwa Freams 4500J - Changing Handle Bushing to Bearing

This article is posted at a local fishing forum, but somehow the photos were lost at the photo hosting website. Finally I managed to find the photos in my HDD and upload them again, so here it is.

Reel - Daiwa Freams 4500J
Bearing Size - 8.0 / 14.0 / 3.5 (Open Type)
Verdict - Indeed it feel much more smooth then it used to be before adding the bearing. As I didn't do any servicing to the reel during the change, thus I believe the finding should be correct. I will recommend the change.

31 March 2010

Ed's Pro Pond - Major Changes

This is one blog entry without any pics, errr..... reason? Cause the previous 2 visit to this pond is in the night, firstly usually night pics usually turn out to be lousy on my phone cam and also, lazy to take pics lah.

It have been a while since I visited this pond, simply because I dun really do pond fishing. However, one fishing kaki needed a fix to cure his itch at night and I suggested this pond cause it does offer 'overnight' fishing. So off we go to the pond on 2 different occasion, result differ but bite rate reasonable. As I am not keen to fish at the pond, I simply just tag along to look look see see.

Also I do know that there is a change of ownership (or management as some call it) and changes to the pond layout. Rates still remains the same and only Live baits are allowed (Live Prawns and Milk Fish) which are sold at the pond and prawn meat.

1st trip - We reached the pond at close to 9pm, friend paid for the rod and we started off. We are expecting to finish off at about 2am as the rates are $50 for 5 hrs. Shortly after we started, one staff came over to us and inform us that there will be no release of fishes already, however, they are offering us to fish till 6am (their overnight fishing package of $50 from 10pm till 6am). Okay fine, no complains as we dun expect any fish release as it have pass their fish release timing.  Bite rate is okay considering there is no release of fishes, finish at 3am with 5 fishes on one rod. Not too bad indeed, all 5 are snappers around the 1kg region.

2nd trip - This time we reach at about 10pm and have full intention to fished till 6am, since with such long fishing hours, so it is again just one rod. Manage to chat with another angler who is there earlier, told us bite rate is bad and he have no bites for more then an hour already, he also mentioned that the pond got blast left right center in FK for it's poor bite rate. Anyway since already there so we started, really really slow, however I did notice something, it seems that one this occasion, it is not that the fishes are not biting but are very alert and frisky. They will grab the bait, feel something is not right and spat out the bait in less then 1 sec flat. Happens to notice this as I am holding the line in my hands with open bail arm. I think the pond management notice the terrible catch rate and they decided to release 2 batches of fishes at different timing although it is well past their published released timing. Kudos to them! Trying hard to keep customers happy.  For the entire period we have good bite rate but terrible catch rate, lack of skill? Could be. But anyway, during this period I learnt more about the spots for better catch rate.

This is not secret spot anyway, there are 2 big concrete blocks in the pond, one in the middle of the pond and one at the side. Cast as close as you can to the middle concrete block, closer to the net when you are trying to get snappers. If you want to target GP, which they do stock up reasonably big sized one at the pond, cast bait appox 1 to 1 1/2 ft from the middle concrete block further away from the nets. Saw a chap catching at least 4 to 5 GP from that spot and they are larger then a dinner plate. However, do use a lighter action rod for the GP as  you need to strike when they snatch the bait, too stiff, you can hardly feel it. On both occasion, we attached a luminous bead at the hook for rigs to target snappers, not sure if it improve bite rate but I feel that we do have a bite rate then others, you might like to try if fishing at night,

Final words - I still feel this pond provide a good value for money, $50 for 5hrs or for overnight fishing. For newbies or those who never fish before 5hrs to get a feel of the pond and do some decent fishing seems reasonable, 3hrs seems way too short a period for me. Due to it's size, the density of fishes there is likely to be higher then other ponds, but also because of it's size, when it get too crowded, it might be a pain in the arse to fish there too. Also it seems that the pond is not a deep as it is before, plus with a healthy amount of seaweeds inside, could be annoying to some. Oh yeah, though generally both trip are enjoyable but one of the staff kind of piss me off with his choice of words. 1st incident - Friend wanted to try for GP, so he get those off the shelf rig with 2 small hooks, staff notice and quite rudely told us only single hook allowed. 2nd incident - On our previous trip, we didn't notice that it is 6am already, the same staff also told us to pack up in a rude manner, heck, a little politeness will not kill you. Hope his attitude improves.

Disclaimer - Nope, I am not part of the pond management team or are paid to write about this pond. Simply just to share my experience at this pond.

13 February 2010

Kyoto Haven Pond - Pasir Ris FW3

After a long hard day of doing housework in preparation for CNY, a call from friend to pay a visit to Kyoto pond is too much of a temptation. I just need to get out of the house to get a break, and also I would like to visit the pond as it have been in operation for a while already but yet didn't see much catch reports on this pond. Anyway armed with just some coffee and some drinks, this trip will serve as a recce trip for me while my friend will be fishing.

We reach there just after 10pm, immediately am told that they will close at 2am today thus with their current promotion of 3hrs+1hrs free, we will lose out about 15mins of fishing. No issue at all, so let's start fishing. In less then 20 minutes, 1st hook up, a KBL but friend loss it when the KBL is doing it's 'Michael Jordan' routine, after that it is pretty quiet for my friend till about 1 am where he have about 3 hooks up but lost all of it. Staffs are friendly chaps which I manage to strike a decent conversation with a couple of them, which they tell me a lot more about the ponds and other stuff. Some interesting facts is that there are 12 species in the pond, 2 types of KBL (Barra and Local KBL, err.... dun ask me what are local KBL, I have no idea what they are), small qty of Taiwan Ngor, 3 types of groupers (sorry too tired to remember what they are), GT (Golden Trevally), GT again (this time round is Giant Trevally), GP (golden promfet), and 3 species of snappers. Plus 2 Giant groupers which have grown to an estimated 20kg odd already.

23 January 2010

Daiwa SS700 - Servicing the Classic

The classic Daiwa SS700, a reel that is from another era but yet still in production today shows that this reel does stand against the test of time. It is a robust reel, compact reel with a strong drag system, and of course the distinctive sound of line out, it's music to any angler that very distintive 'ting-ting' that tells the world that the SS700 is in action.

In this fast moving, ever evolving world of technology, I wonder why would anyone wanted to get this reel. It's anti-reverse is so old school, nothing like the instant lock up of those anti-reverse bearing, it is much heavier that those newer reels, it's roller system is a joke and it is a pain in the ass to dismantle and service this reel. I wonder how many folks who have buy it, dun like it and sell it off ASAP, if not for it cult status, my guess is that no one is willing to pay around SGD150 for this reel.

I have it, I tried to make it better, but failed. So have to use it as it is except for a slight modification of the bushing to bearing for the worm shaft. And I do like it because it's uses the worm shaft design which I like. But to service it is another matter altogether, I seriously do think that this reel production is very labour intensive (maybe that's why it is shifted to Thailand?), you will see why in the servicing portion below.

Ofmer Axis 6 - Servicing the reel

The tiny Ofmer Axis 6, one I have been pretty much in recent times. As I am trying out an experiment to check how will the grease I uses stood against the constant usage and if it can still offer protection, I didn't open up this reel for a pretty long time. Now time to service it and to check out if any rust can be found since my last servicing.

Before I go into the servicing portion, a quick recap what I have done prior to this servicing. This reel is greased using Abu Teflon grease and bearings with Abu Teflon infused oil. With these Teflon in both oil and grease, the reel is indeed very very smooth to use, after a prolong use, the thin layer of grease is still found on the gears. No rust or any corrosion is found, but bearing in mind that I didn't use this in any salt water environment, not too sure if it will last on reels used in saltwater fishing.

Back to the servicing, Text in within the pics itself to make easier reading and more precise. Very simple job, for more details do refer to a more in depth write up on Reel servicing

08 January 2010

North Fork Composites blanks

Been a while since I put something up on this blog, been busy lately plus having to serve my nation for 2 weeks keep me away for a while. Problem is that I haven't been fishing lately so what can I put in here? Luck have it that recently I am doing some search on the net to look for a 3 section 15ft noodle rod, previously I saw one piece for sale at a US website which is built by Dick Swan, but by the time they responded it is already sold.

One thing leads to another, then I saw an article that got my attention, it is about Gary Loomis (yup the same guy that started 'G Loomis' the company and partner with a Taiwan firm for 'Loomis & Franklin') first started his rod business by buying fly blanks and transform it into a noodle rod so that he can downsize his terminal when the fishes are not biting. Anyway, what have happen to between the man and the company is that he sold it off to Shimano more then a decade ago but stay at the company likely because of contract obligations. Recently, he is back to to a business he is familiar, manufacture blanks and his new company is North Fork Composites

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