While visiting Terengganu recently, off we went on a squid jigging (candat sotong) trip, one of the most popular activities to indulge in while in this East Coast state.
Travelling for an hour in a fishing boat, about 8km from Marang Jetty heading towards Pulau Kapas, my group of eight plus a boat crew of two men started trying for squid at about 8.30pm.
As soon as our captain put the bait into the sea, off Pulau Kapas in South China Sea, he managed to get two squids. That seriously fired up our enthusiasm, and we each took hold of our equipment to try our luck as well.
Everyone on my boat managed to catch at least one squid in the two hours we were allocated, but I did not get anything, squid or otherwise. Yup, squid jigging, or generally, fishing, requires plenty of patience and luck.
Squids are prevalent at about ten feet below sea level from 8.30pm to 3am, in the months of April and May. Although we were there in June, overall, my group still managed a sizeable catch. At the end of the activity, one of our crewmen fried a few squids while on the vessel. The squids were sweet and succulent, even without additional ingredients.
Those who are interested in squid jigging can contact Ping Anchorage, an award-winning tour operator based in Kuala Terengganu.
The following is a squid jigging (candat sotong) package offered by Ping Anchorage Travel & Tours Sdn.Bhd.
6pm – Depart from Kuala Terengganu to Marang fishing village and cruise to middle of the sea by fishing boat (off Kapas Island). A guide will be provided, along with squid catching gear.
8pm – Refreshment
9pm – Transfer back to Kuala Terengganu
RATE PER PERSON – RM 209.00 (minimum 6 to go)
* 1 Refreshment
* Fishing boat
* Return jetty transfer (Kuala Terengganu – Marang)
* Squid catching gear
* Children below 12 years old enjoy 50% discount from adult rate
* Pickup at Merang or Tanjung Jara incurs an additional RM55 per person
* Compulsory guide for tour above 7 persons with additional RM40 per person
* Above rate is subject to changes on fuel charges without prior notice
* Surcharge of RM30 per person during Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Chinese New Year
Contact Ping Anchorage directly for an update on this package.
Ping Anchorage Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd.
Add: 77A, Jalan Sultan Sulaiman, 20000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia.
Tel: +609-626 2020
Fax: +609-626 2022 / 622 8093
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