Fishing in the South China Sea…off Santubong

When:  June 2014                 Weather :  Hot 30C

Pictures:  Leica M9P 35 summilux,  21 super elmar

 

This long planned fishing trip involved us flying to Kuching from Singapore and transferring immediately on to our fishing boat at the Santubong jetty. There were seven of us and three crew which was a bit of a squeeze for our boat but just about ok.  The omens were not good as it started raining just after we loaded up…  we had intended heading out to sea to start fishing that night but the string winds meant it was safer to stay in the river estuary and wait till the morning…

 

our fishing boat...

our fishing boat…

 

safe mooring for the night

safe mooring for the night

 

with the dawn we headed to see...

with the dawn we headed to sea…

 

heading to sea

heading to sea

rods at the ready

rods at the ready

 

pretty cloud formations

pretty cloud formations

red snapper being reeled in...

red snapper being reeled in…

 

beautifully coloured red snapper

beautifully coloured red snapper

 

There were so many red snappers of all sizes; from 8 inches to 3 feet!  Groupers were fewer and harder to land but we did get one whopper…

14 kg Grouper

14 kg Grouper

 

But there were other interesting diversions as well when the fishing was quiet….sea snakes (usually venomous!) were frequently seen on the surface….

banded sea snake surfaces...

banded sea snake surfaces…

 

displays...

displays…

 

and then heads down to the depths...

and then heads down to the depths…

 

rough seas at times

calm mostly but rough seas at times

 

Sea sick tablets and patches are recommended as a couple of us fell foul of sea sickness…

sunset...

sunset…

 

the lone fisherwoman

the lone fisherwoman

 

 

evening glow

evening glow

 

moon rise

moon rise

 

Having spent 3 nights at sea…we headed back in the wee hours of the morning arriving at the jetty by 6am…

safely docked on return

safely docked on return

 

Unloading the fish in ice boxes, we delivered the 200kg catch to the professional deep freezer and packer for transportation back to singapore the next day…

 

red snappers. groupers, sweetlips etc

red snappers. groupers, sweetlips etc

 

neatly laid out

neatly laid out

 

styrofoam packaging..about 22kg per box

styrofoam packaging..about 22kg per box

The fish were deep frozen overnight in these boxes  and neatly packed and sealed before delivery to the airport for our flights back to singapore by Silkair and MAS.  No problems with check in.

Having a day to kill in Kuching, we explored Kuching’s waterfront area…

 

kuching = cat

kuching = cat

 

the state assembly building across the river..

the state assembly building across the river..

 

Kuching has a wonderful variety of food…the Bako Seafood Restaurant just behind the ferry terminal for Bako (30min from kuching by car) is an absolutely wonderful restaurant where everything was cooked beautifully.  We brought one of our large groupers and they cooked an awesome fishhead noodle soup dish and steamed the body.  A truly memorable meal to end our trip.

fishhead beehoon soup

fishhead beehoon soup

 

A great fishing expedition as it turned out, seasickness not withstanding….

 

 

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