BALI SPORT FISHING SCENE
31st July 2020
Hello Bali people and especially all my surfer friends that don’t mind the thrill and excitement of sport fishing, Bali style. The last few months myself and my fishing crew have all been using the down time to get our traditional double outrigger fishing boats (jukung) and outboard engines serviced and sea worthy for our fishing main fishing season that usually kicks in with big schools of mostly surface feeding pelagic fish towards the end of July. Then keeps on going right through until the wet season well and truelly kicks in the following January.
Yesterday the 30th and I finally got the last job completed on my jukung and she is ready to go fish again. But on the 29th I jumped into a good friends boat and went out for an afternoon session chasing big schools of Yellow Jacks down off Uluwatu. The word was out from the day before when a couple of our crew came across the big schools feeding on small bait fish on the surface, so we were hoping they were still there. Normally some big schools will move through past Bali chasing the bait fish that are moving with the currents. One to three days and they usually pass through then we wait for the next ones to move into our range. Some times it’s the Jack’s sometimes it’s Tuna or a mixture of both. Then there’s the Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo and barracuda. As the water really warms up towards the end of the year the Sail fish and Mahi Mahi also turn up. But right now it’s been massive schools of Yellow Jacks.
I’ve also loaded a 4 minute video here so check it out and it shows our session from busting out past a closing out boat channel along side Airport left through to our return just on sunset. I was primarily concerned with catching fish so I couldn’t get much footage of the boiling schools of fish as I was needed both hands for casting lures. But I did manage a little bit of selfi footage, hehehe.
We were not the only boat out there as the word was well and truly out about the fish off Uluwatu. There was at least another 10 traditional Jukungs and also another 3 small tinnies buzzing around. So it came down to skill of reading the signs where the fish might bust up next to avoid the crazy charge of boats all trying to race to the fish every time they did bust up. On this day my friend and I managed to top score, so it does help having over 25yrs of Bali sport fishing experience behind me. The schools of fish were of pretty good in size, with each fish ranging between 4-7kg’s. So with light line and whippy rods it sure was a lot of fun as always.
Ok with Indonesia currently locked down from International guests and very hard times for most people (myself included) being jobless. We really are lucky to be fishermen with the means of catching fresh fish to help feed our families and friends. When Indonesia finally does open back up we hope you come and enjoy a day out on the water for some sport fishing, Bali style.
Anytime at all if you want to try your luck with us for some Bali style sport fishing drop me an email (contact us) and we’ll do our best to get you hooked up. The boys usually charge a minimum of Rp1,300.000. (around 130 Aussie dollars) for up to 2 guests. All rods, reels and fishing lures are supplied. All you need is a good hat, water, snacks and some sunscreen. We have plenty of highly skilled captains and boats so bring your friends and make a day of it, we can also even arrange a Balinese style BBQ afterwards, too easy.
Special Corona Price this year is Rp1,000,000 for 2 people with all rods, reels n lures supplied.
CONTACT US AND WE WILL GIVE YOU AN HONEST UP DATE ON CONDITIONS AND CHANCES OF HOOKING UP.
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 friend, Gede “Ondel” Miyasa (1973 – 2012)