Love Hate Relationship With My GoPro Hero3

Love Hate Relationship With My GoPro Hero3

Coincidently, this post coincides with the launch of the GoPro Hero4 which, looks very promising.

Back to what this post is about – having the GoPro Hero video camera is great, when it works.

Other than the bugs in the Hero3 (some highlighted in this post), the worse that happens is when you have something memorable to record and think you have them only to find out later that it did not turn out as anticipated.

Like this clip. My Japanese friend had a good bite and the sailfish took-off and the scene was followed by more sailfish raised with the teasers to the back of the boat. I thought I had everything in the memory card, click to watch what I actually got.

Mid-Peak Season Update from Kuala Rompin

Mid-Peak Season Update from Kuala Rompin

First of all, check out this photo sequence of a spectacular tail-walk I managed to get on film…errr…on camera.

I think it captures the essence of what makes sailfish fishing so endearing – the speed and acrobatic displays by a beautiful fish. Do you agree?

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We have been quite busy and are halfway through the sailfish peak period of August through October in Kuala Rompin – the fishing has been quite erratic in my opinion for this year. Some days are good while there can be some moments that can be quite slow. Compared to last season which I find to be more consistent the number of fish caught.

This year’s Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge just concluded about a week ago. 33 boats participated, more than last year’s and the boat that emerged champion boated just over 30 sailfish, 19 on just the first day alone with supposedly about 60 hook-ups. That is quite impressive numbers.

Stay tuned, for more updates.

The sailfish some times push part of their stomach out as they attempt to regurgitate. We put the stomach back in before releasing, they appear alright and swim away.

The sailfish some times push part of their stomach out as they attempt to regurgitate. We put the stomach back in before releasing, they appear alright and swim away.

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A healthy looking fish

A healthy looking fish

Using the release ruler to gather size data. Notice how calm the waters are?

Using the release ruler to gather size data. Notice how calm the waters are?

Another beauty

Another beauty

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The Penn Spinfisher V reel and Spinfisher Classic rod have proven to be reliable since we started using them this season and many sailfish have been landed on them.

The Penn Spinfisher V reel and Spinfisher Classic rod have proven to be reliable since we started using them this season and many sailfish have been landed on them.

How Big Are The Sailfish?

How Big Are The Sailfish?

We have found the average sailfish caught in Kuala Rompin to be in the 20kg (44lb) mark, plus or minus 5kg. So chances are you will be catching plenty of fish that size which confirms Kuala Rompin as one of the best place to catch plenty of sailfish without resorting to heavy tackle – as in rods and reels most will tire just having to carry them!

Having said that, plenty of larger specimens are also frequently caught, those in the 30kg to 40kg (66lb to 88lb) range. Claims of fish in the 50kg (110lb) class (often turning out as fishermen’s tales) though not impossible, is uncommon. Small sailfish below the 10kg mark are also caught from time to time.

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Above photo: Another sailfish swims away after having its statistics taken – length and weight. All done without ever taking the fish out of water.

The size and abundance of sailfish in Kuala Rompin also makes it a fantastic place to catch one by casting poppers, lures or by fly fishing. The fairly low charges is the icing on the cake.

Short video of us doing this soon.