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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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