Monday, January 18, 2010

'Sebarau'land - Part 2, Where Clackin' Rap reigns!

Day 2...

Jeff & I awoke to the freezing morning. Dawn had broken and it was time to ambush those Sebbies. A quick brush of teeth and off we went! Our neighbours were still asleep.

Did I mention again.... it was SUPER COLD!!!

Beautiful ain't it?

First stop: the submerged island which we fondly named 'Gilligan's Island'. There were some nice drop offs around the area which we felt were worth checking out in the morning. True enough... as the Clackin' Rap 06 Hot Steel made its way down the depths, a nice Sebarau pounced immediately onto it.

Make no mistake about it... Hot Steel was to be literally the 'hottest' lure for Day 2. Shortly after releasing the Sebbie, we made our way to the 'Alley' where many of our fishes we landed the day prior.

On the third cast in front of the bushes, the rod buckled and line spewed from the spool. I thought it was the mother of all Sebarau until it surfaced - a Toman! I was informed that Toman were around in Pergau but were not abundant as the Sebarau. This one tipped 8lb on the Boga. It was quite a nice sized one for the kind with the light, purplish hue - which were usually around the 2kg mark. Usually the bigger ones were those 'watermelon-patterned' types. Anyhow, it was a welcome catch on Clackin' Rap Hot Steel! Amazingly, the thin VMC SureSet hooks held shape!

The Toman engulfed the Clackin' Rap 06 whole!

Revived & released

The SureSet Hooks held solid

Notice the beautiful orange tail - again, on Clackin' Rap 06 Hot Steel

Later that morning, we chanced upon a fishy looking snag. Jeffroman immediately cast an Olive Clackin' Rap 06. Before he could hardly crank, the line took off and went limp! Lure was gone with leader busted.


Not one to give up, Jeff felt we should check out other places and return to the spot later once the fish have calmed down a little. About 20mins later, we returned - Jeff clipped on a spoon and cast right into the snag. A brownish-red torpedo shot out to hit the lure but missed!

Again, we left the place and returned another 20mins later. This time, Jeff clipped on an X-Rap 08 Hot Steel. The same thing happened! The torpedo shot out but missed the lure altogether! This was getting frustrating yet extremely exciting! Jeff vowed to land the fella!

To cut the long story short, Jeff tempted the fish 6 times before he landed the biggie Sebarau from that snag on X-Rap 08 Muddler pattern! What an experience!!! We tagged the snag as "Jeffry's 6"
Check out the facial muscles!

Hip Hip Hooray for X-Rap Muddler!

It was indeed a trip of surprises and definitely one with many new things learnt for both of us newbies to Pergau. Rest assured, I will be back....

Coming up in the next posting....
FG & KH's super Sebarau trip (only 4 days after us!)

Stay tuned!


  1. Great stuff! I noticed you have at least 2 other rods standby. I have never fish in a boat before - is that SOP? What are the config of those rod/reels? Line poundage, rod line wt..etc.. Thanks!

  2. You are right! It's always handy to have 1 or 2 rods ready and rigged so you can pick up the appropriate tackle without having to switch lures. E.g. imagine having to scramble to clip on a smaller lure when a group of Sebarau suddenly ambushes baitfish around. If we were to change lures on our setup, it would be too late. With a spare setup rigged, just pick up and cast :)

    For freshwater, I'll usually have a 4-8lb setup. This one is usually rigged with X-Rap 06, Storm Wildeye Minnow or a small spoon. Another setup would be a 8-16lb and usually a diving lure such as Shad Rap / Fat Rap or Tail Dancer. I'll lastly have a setup around 10-16lb and usually would be using surface lures such as X-Walk, Skitter Pop or Skitter Walk. With this range you cover a spectrum of fishing applications when the need arises.

    Hope the sharing helps!