Versus Country is back with Big Fish Madness

is back with Big Fish Madness,
one of the
biggest sportfishing event.
And its bigger
than ever!Big Fish Madness is a bracket-style tournament available on VERSUS
Country where 32 of the toughest of the tough will face off until just one fish
is left swimming, taking home the title of the "World's Toughest Gamefish".
Voting is open on

until March 27th and the winner will be decided on air in four nights of
the most spectacular fishing action on television, March 27/28 and April 3/4
during primetime on VERSUS Country.

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The Little Things..

I was stumbling around and stumbled upon "Confessions Of A Homeowner! " a nice blog by Martin from Pennsylvania.. I’ve always wanted to go to Pennsylvania.. It’s rich in historic architecture and sites, especially the Colonial history.
Martin touches on things that I as a homeowner myself has clearly taken for granted.. Simple things like taking out the trash, repairing a window, fixing a leak are what make owning your own place beautiful...

WXTide32 software - DOWNLOD NOW

WXTide32 software was designed to be a free tide and current prediction application. Here are some key features of "WXTide32": · Predicts tides from 1970 through 2037. · More than 9,500 stations worldwide (list) with 160 in England, Ireland and Scotland. · More than 300 tidal current stations, all in North America. · User station manager to easily add custom tide and current subordinate stations. · Text outputs: daily tide list, monthly calendar, incremental tide. · Graphic modes: tide clock, realtime graph, scrolling graph, overview. · Each graphic mode has separate display options and window settings.

Tide table generated ... Sept 2007

Time to Eat...

September 01 : Dinner... Home made Sukiyaki

Today decided to get my hands dirty and make dinner. Wifey and I went and got some groceries and some fresh seafood.

We made Tom yum Steamboat. For those who are unfamiliar with Tom yum :

Tom yum is a soup originating from Thailand. It is perhaps one of the most famous dishes in Thai cuisine.
Tom yum is characterized by its distinct hot and sour flavors, with fragrant herbs generously used. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, shallots, lime juice, fish sauce, tamarind, and crushed chilis.

What's different here is that I am a chilli fan, and over here in Asia we have one of the hottest chili peppers around..called Chili Padi or Bird's Eye Chili Pepper. These tiny little fiery chilis point downward from the plant and their colors change directly from green to red. Although small in size compared to other types of chili, the chili padi is relatively strong at 50,000 to 100,000 on the Scoville pungency scale (Close to Habanero)

The amount of chili padi we used...

The other stuff that went into the pot...

Cooked Prawns... Live Prawns... Flower Crabs...

Fishing without bait...

Was checking out the regular spot and just doing some light casting... it's an outlet canal where excess reservoir water is discharged into the sea. I had many bites and misses from the big school of garfishes around. However what caught my attention more was a couple of middle aged dudes doing "baitless fishing" what i refer to as opportunistic fishing....

You see, this morning was raining hard and the reservoir water had to be let out and when that happened large amount of water together with freshwater fishes were being discharged into the sea... the apparent high salinity stuns the freshwater fishes and they struggle on the water surface... they become weak and will eventually die from the inability to adapt to a sudden rise in the salinity index. These "uncles" are bringing in Kilograms worth of fishes without using any baits. How they do it is simple, they have a anchor like rig made up of hooks quite like the larger version of a squid jig.. they will spot any struggling fish being released from the reservoir and try to false-hook them up... one by one they got a wide variety of fishes... in a way this is good because they will consume these fishes that will die for sure if no one picks them up like they do...

Unintentionally I casted toward what i tought was a fish rise and just like them my lure snagged onto a struggling Peacock Bass...

Feature Fish...

Gonefishing will feature some common fishes and try to talk about some of the characteristics of these fishes under the Feature Fish section. This week we take a look at our friend here... which I bumped into at one of the jetties in Singapore.. I will reveal more about this buddy of mine.. stay tuned...

Slender Suckerfish Echeneis naucrates Linnaeus or Remora

The Slender Suckerfish uses the sucking disc to attach to larger fishes, most commonly sharks and rays. But it has been seen attached to boats, marine mammals and even divers. This species is also seen free-swimming.
When attached to a large predator, the Slender Suckerfish eats food scraps from the feeding activity of its host. It is also known to eat parasites off the host's body.
The Slender Suckerfish has a widespread distribution in most tropical and some warm temperate marine waters.

Gonefishing's How-To

I'd be starting a new series of video how-to's ....Please feel free to submit clips.

How many of us hates it when we reel in weeds? it's troublesome and it usually messes with our baits.. there are wire weedless hooks out there ...but I'd like to feature a home made weedless.. you've got to experiment with the rubber tube length which is crucial because you dont wanna miss a fish. It should be soft and short enough to revel the hook tip at moderate pressure.

I'd also like to feature a quick and simple way to rig your leader it'll take you less than 30 seconds to tie the tracer/ leader.

Fishing Booklet- Get yours Now

Gonefishing has come up with the Little Black Book on fishing.. Full version available upon request. Here is a limited preview download for your reference. Print it out for quick reference...

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Amazing fishes..

Here in this post we will feature strange fishes across the world..

The African Tiger Fish
First we head to Congo or Zaire River in Africa..

The Congo river basin covers a vast area of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This huge, often swampy depression has an average altitude of less than 400m, the lowest areas being located in the north western region near lakes Tumba and Maji Ndombe. The Congo is the second largest river in the world after the Amazon. With a length of 4700km its volume averages between 30 000 and 80 OOO m3/sec Upstream from Kinshasa the river broadens and at "the Pool of Kinshasa" reaches a width of 15km.

The African Tigerfish is big, powerful, and well armed, thus making it among the worlds most sought after gamefish. It lives in the open rivers and streams of central and northern Africa. The impression one gets from viewing these fish, is one of awe, terror, and mystery, not unlike the feeling of watching a Great White Shark.
These fish hunt in large packs, just as their South American counterparts, the piranhas do. Prey consist primarily of other fish, but just about anything alive can fall prey to the tigerfish. Like the piranha, prey is eaten away bite by bite. Because they have razor sharp knife-like teeth, and extremely strong jaw muscles, they are among the few fish that can turn the tables on prey the same size or larger than themselves. There are unverified reports of attacks on humans.

Candiru: Vampire Fish
The Candirú or Canero (Vandellia cirrhosa) is a freshwater fish belonging to the Catfish group. The species grows only to being one to two inches in length and four to six millimeters wide. It is shaped like an eel and is almost completely transparent, making it almost impossible to see in the water. A fast, powerful swimmer, the fish is smooth and slimy, with sharp teeth and backward-pointing spines on its gill. The Candiru is primarily found in the Amazon and Oranoco rivers and has a reputation among the natives as the most feared fish in its waters.

The Candirú has few natural enemies. They are feared throughout their geographic range and are given a worse reputation than the piranha.
The Candirú is found only in the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers of South America. They do not like the sunlight and tend to bury themselves in the sand and mud under logs and rocks in the river bottom.

Candirus primarily set up house inside larger fish, where they feast on the host's blood. They are attracted to nitrogen, which usually leads them to a gill chamber, but apparently they can't distinguish between one nitrogen-emitting orifice and another: They have been known to follow a stream of urine right to its source.

However the reason that the Candiru is most feared by humans is because it is the only vertebrate known to parasitize humans! The fish is said to be addicted to the taste and smell of human urine. Candirus parasitize humans, when they are skinny-dipping while urinating in the water. The candiru tastes the urine stream and follows it back to the human. It then swims up the urethra and lodges itself somewhere in the urinary tract with its spines. Blood is drawn, and the candiru gorges itself on the blood and body tissue, its body sometimes expanding due to the amount of blood consumed.

Pacu - The fish with Human-like teeth

Although it belongs in the piranha family, the pacu (Piaractus brachypomus) is not as agressive as its more notorious cousin. However, it has powerful dentition capable of causing serious bites. The danger does not deter the Amazonian fisherman who considers the pacu to be a tasty fish and will be able to fetch a high price at market for his catch. The commercial value of the pacu has led to its consideration as a candidate for aquaculture in the Amazon region.

When bait-fishing in pacu-stocked ponds, anglers in Malaysia are advised to use circle hooks, size 2 or larger, and braided leather rather than nylon leaders which are easily broken by the pacu's teeth. Since pond pacu often nibble at the bait before taking it, anglers should let them swim away with the bait. If the angler simply allows the line to tighten, the circle hook will slide to the side of the fish's mouth and embed its point there


Fishing .... it's never about the fishes


Based on the true story about two brothers, Norman and Paul, and their wily maturation into adults under the tutelage of their father, Reverend MacLean, in a sleepy rural town in historic Montana.

Favourite quote
Norman: Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.

The greatest part of this movie ...

Econo-Luring Set

STORM Chug Bug
Swimming Depth : Topwater
CB08 340 Rattlin' Chug Bug
Met Silver Black Bk

Super Matrix PE Braid

Shimano Alivio 1000FA (2Bearings)
Line Cap
( 0.18-170 0.20-140 0.25-90 0.30-60

Dear Diary...

As you all would probably know by now Gonefishing's Journal isn't only about fishing. I try to write about anything leading to or somewhat related to fishing. I was reading an article about writing therapy.
Yes, there are research findings that clearly indicate the benefits of writing about your feelings. Primarily, talking and writing about trauma.
Writing as therapy actually has an ancient history, a model was developed for research purposes by James Pennebaker, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas. The method consists of several writing exercises with an emphasis on expressing one's emotions. It has been shown in numerous experiments conducted by him and his colleagues that this simple procedure leads to improvements in physical health.

I think writing is not merely "letting it all out" but a clever representation of your feelings through words. The better your feelings are represented the more therapeutic it is. In my blog community I have come across many great writers and one that really had my attention was Molly Crane. She's a 29 year old high school teacher working in Atlanta. The one statement that caught my attention was this - "The strongest human desire is the desire to live..."

Read more about Molly here:

P.S. And guess what? Molly’s going fishing this Friday…and I’ll put up her Catch Report here …

CR 06.07.07 - 30 mins cast

Went to recce a spot today...wasnt feeling too well so it was quick... almost 30 mins to 1 hour..

Baited using dead prawns and got several small fishes ...

Many of these critters: (Damn were those three spines sharp) Short-nosed Tripodfish

and these:

Also missed a slightly larger fish ... can't tell what it was...all CNRs