Thursday, May 10, 2018

Oman April 13-22, 2018: NOUKHADA FISHING CHARTER

For our trip this time, we opt to get services from Noukhada Fishing Charter Oman.  From browsing, we found the http://noukhadaoman.com/

After few correspondents with Owner Mr Ali Dashti and Noukhada Management Mr Hamad Al Roumi, , a date April 13-22, 2018 was agreed.  I also was introduced to a wonderful Captain Swabir Adi Shee of Noukhada.

7 Angler Garage crews includes myself, Eidi, Master MO, Syakri, Pak Tam, Aidil and youngest Master Love Uddin-san gathered at KLIA ~ 5pm.  Our journey starts from KLIA Friday 13th April 2018 flight QR849 Qatar Airways with duration 7h 45m to Doha, Qatar.  We reached Hamd International Airport, Doha at 11.05pm local time and have connection time of 3 hours for Flight QR1142 3.00am bound for Salalah International Airport, Salalah, Oman.  Doha's Hamad International Airport is a world class airport.  Good food and many smoking rooms :).



Doha airport
We landed at 6.35am in Salalah.  After a hassle free immigration and customs, we were greeted by Captain Swabir and Captain Jamil of Noukhada.  Since we arrived too early and Lulu Supermarket open at 9.00am, I just gave Capt Swabir a shopping list of food and extra groceries for him to buy at Lulu eg. breaded Chicken Drumstick, Redbull Energy drinks.  Very short list since everything else about food & drink is ready for us at Noukhada Lodge in Shuwameyah.

We took the 12 seater van for travelling to Ash Shuwaymiyyah while our baggages handle by Swabir 4x4 Toyota.  Journey of 282km to Ash Shuwaymiyyah will take ~ 3.5 hours via beautiful coastal road of Mirbat, Sadah and Hasik.  After few stops for breakfast and scenic photography, we reached Noukhada Fishing Charter Oman lodge.

pittstop at Wadi near Hasik

Our van parked in front of lodge.

38 footer 2x300hp = 4 person popping

32 footer 2 x 250hp = 3 person popping

many Jamals!!



Wow!!! That is the first word came out of my mouth!!! 7 buildings + 5 boats + huge land areas!!!
So we greeted by our host and lead to guest the house.  HUGE!!!!!  There are 8 rooms that can accommodate 16 anglers...easily!!!

Very spacious living hall!!!

Another living hall!!!


fully air-condition

Eidi with his whale bones
Noukhada Fishing Charter  small gift of T-Shirt, buff, Waterproof Bag, Hat, Towel with Noukhada logo

AG's crew 1st lunch at Noukhada Lodge

After lunch...dreaming about 50kg GTs!!
Good food!!!!!
Each angler has he's own port!!!

AG crew show-off their sunnies
very spacious for popping
next door got high-end tackleshop !!!
crew with Captain Swabir, Captain Jamil and Mr Hamad




to be continue.....

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Oman April 13-22, 2018: Trip Preparation

Big trip this year to Khuria Muria Islands of Sultanate Of Oman.
This archipelago is a group of five main islands in the Arabian Sea, 40 km (25 mi) off the southeastern coast of the Sultanate of Oman. The islands form part of the province of Shalim and the Hallaniyat Islands in the governorate of Dhofar.
Five main islands namely Al-Hasikiyah, Al-Sawda, Al-Hallaniyah, Al-Qibliyah and Qarzawit. Al Hallaniyah ( الحلانية) is the largest and only inhabited of the Khuriya Muriya Islands, which belong to Oman. It is located in the center of the group, eight kilometers east of Al-Sawda, the closest island, and the second largest of the group.  Please refer to Google and Wipedia for further infomation.

Our route this time via Qatar Airways i.e. Kuala Lumpur-Doha-Salalah due to the  upgrading the Salalah airport to International status. Standard check-in luggage weight is 30kg. We did buy extra 5kg for peace of mind purpose.  Transport is provided for us to travel from Salalah to Shuwaimeyah which takes ~ 3.5 hours to cover 334km.

We will be staying in Noukhada Fishing Lodge in Shuwaimeyah with 6 days of GT popping with optional camping in Al-Sawda for 3-4 nights.

As Jan 2018, visitors are required to apply online E-visa from Sultanate Of Oman.  4 documents are needed i.e. your recent photograph, copy of passport, copy of arrival and return ticket and invitaion letter from the fishing operator.  Please apply visa at https://evisa.rop.gov.om/

Although this is a GT popping trip, amberjack jigging is an option for us, thus 3-4 fast sinking jigs are also included in our checking baggage.

This will be my 3rd visit to Khuria Muria Islands which gives me some sort of advantage on where and what lures to use for the GTs.  Simple answer is big lures = big GT!!!!  Big mouth chuggers are always preferable to call them.  Big stickbait between 140-200grams also will entice the GT.  This time i will come with minimal lure quantities but proven action.  Chuggers included Adhek Cuttle, HeammerHead E, D, C cups, Craftbait GT2 & GT3 150, Carpenter Seafrog TwinHooks and Carpenter HustlePop 130.  Diving poppers are NativeWork Napalm 220 and 200 size. As for the stickbaits, i prepared few Carpenter Gammas 160, 140, Bluefish 140 & 120 and Maihime 120.  Sinking/suspended stickbaits with be Orion Bigfoot 140 and Hammerhead Boarder Deepchaser.  Also 2 surface skipping lures of Adhek Ocen Lady and Adhek Pluto.

Chugger and Diving Lures

Stickbait and swimbait

Will prepare 6 Shimano Stella reels i.e. 2008 Stella 18000, 2013 Stella 18000, 2 x 2013 Stella 14000 and 2 x 2008 Stella 10000 with SOM 16000 spools.  All spools wil be filled by Power Pro red 100lb class.

Leader will be Fisherman 170 & 200lb and Prosele nanodax 170 & 210lb tied to size 1 and 1/0 NT swivel and Owner #10 & #11 splitrings.

As for hooks, 100% Decoys Salwater Series saiz 5/0, 6/0 and 7/0.
HH D & E cup = Decoy 7/0
HH C cup = Decoy 6/0
Carpenter Seafrog Twinhooks and Hustlepop 130 = Decoy 6/0
Nativeworks Napalm 220 = Decoy 6/0
Nativeworks Napalm 200 = Decoy 5/0

Gamma 160 =  Decoy 7/0
Gamma 140, Gamma 120, Maihime 120, Bluefish 140, Bluefish 120 = Decoy 6/0
Orion Bigfoot 140 = Decoy 5/0
Nativeworks Rattler 210 = Decoy 5/0


Rods pairing as follows
chuggers
1. Carpenter SP78H-SHP ==> 2013 Stella 18000
2. Hammerhead Faube 77M+ == > 2008 Stella 10000
3. Carpenter SP80M ==> 2013 Stella 14000

Stickbaiter
4. Carpenter F3 711/40 ==> 2013 Stella 14000
5. Carpenter TBL80/40  ==> 2008 Stella 18000
6. Carpenter CV79/40 ==> 2008 Stella 10000 with SOM 16000
7. Carpenter PJ Allrounder 711/37

Mainly i use Fisherman Shock Leader 200lb PE60


Will write fully about the trip soon.......



Monday, February 12, 2018

Go Big Or Go Home

Few feedback that i got are, all my current setups are PE6-8 class.  Well, most of my "local" trips are targeting GT ca 10-20kg class which will survive the pairing of rods with Stella 14000XG and/or Stella 10000XG SOM 16000.

For those who likes big mouth chuggers with minimum weight 135g up to 230g, different rod and reel setup is needed.  I am not fimiliar with Daiwa, but with Stella, 18000XG PE10-12 is a must.
Example of these chugger are Hammerhead E-cup 145g, G-cup 190g , I-cup 215g, Craftbait GT3 150g, 170g 190g, PD Masterd Bomb BIG-CUP 170, MASTERD BOMB 205, Shell Shaping ChuBar 205, Orion Cono Cono 160, 190 & 220, Orion Monster 210,

Fews rods that i know which cover PE10-12 range and chug big mouth poppers:

1) Carpenter SP78UHL-SHP
2) Carpenter SP78EXH
3) Carpenter SP78H-SHP
4) Carpenter MH80H
5) Carpenter MH79XH
6) Carpenter MH79 Extreme
7) RippleFisher OceanRidge FINAL SPIRIT GT 80 Nano
8) RippleFisher OceanRidge FINAL SPIRIT GT 79 Nano
9) Hammerhead Faube 77H
10) Hammerhead Faube 77M+
11) Smith WRC-77H2B ROCKET
12) Smith WRC Komodo Dragon
13) Smith WRC Tokara 60
14) Smith GTK 77 Keyolhu
15) Hots GIPANG Ryujin 75 XXH
16) Hots GIPANG Ryujin 79 XH
17) Fisherman Monster CC72GT
18) Fisherman Monster CC75GT
19) Fisherman Monster CC74GTS
20) Fiserman Monster CC77GTS
21) Patriot Design Black Mafia 76 MNSG
22) Patriot Design Zanzibar 82 MNSG
23) Patriot Design Fire Vortex GT Ultimate XTX76
24) SaltyWaterTackle Race Point 300
25) SaltyWaterTackle Race Point 250

Above rod list is maybe short, will do more research.  Until then, happy hunting.


Disclaimer
I am not claim to be an authority in the field of rod, lure and equipment testing and the use of any information on this site is at the user’s and buyer's own risk.  All above writing is just my feedback and opinion.  Please browse official sites for more accurate explanation and description. While I make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, i provide no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of any information on this site. I welcome suggestions on how to improve this site’s content and correct errors. 
Lure MAX and line MAX and notation of drag value are reference level. Please consider casting methods and fighting methods etc. as it changes with the person who uses it.
Those who are expert the basics of loading method properly can use bigger lures and even use thicker lines.
Rod weight is a numerical value when measuring the prototype rod. Please acknowledge that there are some errors at the time of product.
Rod Specifications Parts are subject to change without prior notice for improvement. Please note that.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Trip Preparation : Rods

Got few quiries on which rod do i bring to popping trips.
Well, it still depends on where is the location, what is the target fish size, which lure to have more weighted i.e. popper or stickbait, how big is the popper, which reel to pair with...etc etc...

I kinda know that it is nearly impossible to have a multifunctional GT popping rod that can cast 150g chugger and 150g stickbait all day.  Specific rod is for specific task.
But for me, i am happy if i can cast and use Seafrog Twinhook 120 and Gamma/Bluefish 140 using only 1 rod, targeting GT between 15-35kg.  So all day rod for me is either CV79/40 or F3 711/40.  I might also voted for MH80/40.  Noted all my choice is from 40lb class which in my opinion can chug a 120gram chugger and play Gamma / Bluefish 140 kinda "easy".  Also these 3 rods have the "power" to lift sizeable stubborn GT when it lie underneath the boat.

From left: CV79/40, SP76ML, MH79EXT, F3711/40, TBL80/35, PJ80/36

As per establishment, Carpenter rods are classed based on their poundage which help us to estimate the max lure and max drag force.  Belows are few example of Carpenter series




Note, when comparing the 40lb class, CV 79/40 is a PE6-8 rod which kinda forgiving "beginner rod" and has the least LureMax i.e. 200g which indicate the tip is slightly softer which is good for lighter stickbait eg. 120-140gram Gamma. Also, with the lightest rod weight, CV79/40 paired with Stella 14000 will gives angler less fatigue for whole day usage. I have tested F3 711/40 and MH80/40 and in my opinion, they are suitable for γ-200 with minimum  γ-160 with PE10 setup.



Disclaimer
I am not claim to be an authority in the field of rod, lure and equipment testing and the use of any information on this site is at the user’s and buyer's own risk.  All above writing is just my feedback and opinion.  Please browse official sites for more accurate explanation and description. While I make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, i provide no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of any information on this site. I welcome suggestions on how to improve this site’s content and correct errors. 
Lure MAX and line MAX and notation of drag value are reference level. Please consider casting methods and fighting methods etc. as it changes with the person who uses it.
Those who are expert the basics of loading method properly can use bigger lures and even use thicker lines.
Rod weight is a numerical value when measuring the prototype rod. Please acknowledge that there are some errors at the time of product.
Rod Specifications Parts are subject to change without prior notice for improvement. Please note that.





Monday, January 1, 2018


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018
MAY ALL BE BLESSED