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Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival 2014

1. Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

It was no mean feat by the Terengganu State Government and its official media partner Gaya Travel Magazine to bring together 100 local and 100 international media representatives from 31 countries to participate in the inaugural Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

2. my team mate, Khai, dropping two baits onto the seabed

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

3. heading out to sea

While squid jigging (candat sotong) is an annual event in this east coast state, it was the first time that media members were invited to try their luck at the activity, for first-hand experience.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

4. some of the fishing boats on standby

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

5. Team #16 heading to their fishing boat

As one of the local delegates at the invitation of Gaya Travel Magazine, I too spent a week in Terengganu on a working holiday trip sponsored by the Terengganu State Government.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

6. Riyaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

7. high tide

As a regular visitor to Terengganu, this was my fourth trip to the state in three years, I had already covered most of the landmarks on our itinerary. And I had even tried squid jigging already last year. However, I am glad that I participated again simply because of the many new friends I made on this trip.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

8. a boat crew with his catch of a long squid

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

9. some of the longest squids brought in by participants

The two hundred delegates were taken to waters off Pulau Chepu in Setiu and off Pulau Kapas in Marang for two-hour squid jigging sessions.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

10. cruising Setiu Wetlands

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

11. fish farming in Setiu Wetlands

These two locations were chosen because of the different sea conditions, and the variety of squid species. At each location, participants were given two different types of baits, to try their luck in jigging for six species of squids.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

12. picturesque Setiu Wetlands

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

13. exploring Kenyir Lake

Besides squid jigging, participants were also taken on a tour of Kuala Terengganu and neighbouring attractions such as Setiu Wetlands, Kenyir Lake, Kenyir Elephant Village, Terengganu State Museum and Islamic Heritage Park.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

14. Kenyir Elephant Village (KEV)

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

15. elephant spray

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Hence, we had our rest and recreation (and snorkelling) time at Redang Island, no less!

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

16. snorkelling time in Redang

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

17. white sandy beaches of Redang Island

Redang, an archipelago of 9 islands (Lima, Paku Besar, Paku Kecil, Kerengga Besar, Kerengga Kecil, Ekor Tebu, Ling, Pinang and the main Redang Island), is best known for its fine white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters with different shades of blue, and a marvellous underwater world, a great attraction to snorkellers and scuba-divers, alike.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

18. one of the traditional dance performances by dancers from SUKTRA

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