Bali Sport Fishing Scene
17th August 2013
Hello everyone and thanks for checking out the baliwaves fishing scene here in Bali. The last month or so the fishing over here in Bali has been pretty much smoking hot. Last July the Spanish and Wahoo were destroying lures left right and center. They claimed a couple of my Rapala’s as well, I think just about everyone that was having a go lost lure’s to brutes. Then at the start of this month we’ve had some very big schools of Tuna and Trevelly busting up on the surface for some of the most fun of all, light rods and throwing metal spinners at them.
Yesterday for Indonesia’s Independence Day our local fishing crews usually get together and have a Sport Fishing and Socal type day. This year it was our turn at Pantai Jer
man (German Beach) in Tuban and 38 boats were lined up along the shore ready for a 7.00AM start. And in true Bali fishermen style the tournament promtly got under way around 7.30AM.
It was too good a day for fishing, glassy ocean and a 3-5ft swell running along the South West coastline of Bali. Normally the best fishing happens in more testy conditions. But anyway as all the boats filed out through the channel at Airport Left there was a huge school of Trevelly busting up the surface around 400mtrs in front of us. So imagine 38 boats all of the same engine capacity going full bore ahead trying to get to the fish.
Ketut and I took our time and didn’t join in the race, but the lucky first boat that did go for it hooked up some nice Golden Trevelly. From there boats were splitting off and heading in different directions to do their thing. Most boats heading out to the Jigging grounds, jigging and live baiting. Ketut and I knew in order to finish up the order at the end of the day trolling lures would produce the bigger fish.
After 7hrs we only had 2 Wahoo in the boat, infact we had had only two trolling strikes all day and were lucky to have boated both. So with 1 hour left on the clock we ran hard back to Tuban to make the 2.00PM weigh in. Ketut and I were feeling pretty good about our chances and a lot of Captans were looking a little sad when they saw our fish. But no trophy for us and my second 4th place with the winners having landed some monster Spanish and Wahoo.
All the fish that were brough back for weigh in were then bundled off to one of the local sea food restaurants and cooked in various manners to feed all the competitors, families and friends. Not too mention all the free flowing beer it was a classic Balinese day. I for one would like to thank Mr Made Budi, all our sponsors involved and fishermen who made a super successful day. Merdeka !
I think we have another Sport Fishing Tournament coming up next month in September and if anyone is going to be over here in Bali and would like to get involved fishing or even being a sponsor just contact us here at baliwaves.com.
Anytime at all if you want to try your luck with us for some Bali style sport fishing drop my an email (contact) and we’ll do our best to get you hooked up. The boys charge a minimum of Rp1,400.000. (around 140 dollars) for up to 2 guests. All rods, reels and fishing lures are supplied. All you need is a good hat and some sunscreen.
Ok until next time
This fishing page is dedicated to Bali’s best ever all round fisherman / surfer / waterman and all round good guy, my old best mate, Gede “Ondel” Miasa (1973 – 2012)