Monday, 25 February 2013

Daiwa Saltiga 5000 reel review

When you first pick up the outfit…
It feels balanced and surprisingly lightweight, but pull back on the rod and there’s a huge reserve of power.
This combo is ideally suited to top-water fishing in New Zealand. The S-Extreme 80TN rod will handle lines to PE6 and the Saltiga 5000 reel holds plenty of PE5 or 6 line. The review reel was loaded with around 300m of eight-ply Daiwa AccuDepth 0.35mm braid with a nominal breaking strain of 40kg.
The reel is all class. It’s packed with features, including a mag-sealed body, Zaion composite rotor and carbon-hybrid spool to save weight. Compared to previous generation Saltiga reels or larger 6500 models, it’s a relative lightweight (600g).
The Saltiga S-Extreme 80TN rod is a two-piece, high-carbon casting tool engineered to throw lures of between 30 and 100g in weight with an action skewed towards stick baits rather than poppers. There’s a reasonable amount of give in the tip, which allows the angler to effectively ‘sweep’ the eight-foot (2.44m) rod to get stick baits working at their best.
S-Extreme rods utilise ‘bias-wrap’ construction, wrapping the latest graphite composites diagonally around the core of the blank, which features ‘SSG’ (super multi-strand graphite) with special composites. The design eliminates twisting and provides better casting performance and superior hook-sets.
The result is a slim, lightweight, two-piece rod fitted with premium Fuji silicon-carbide K-guides for optimal casting and tangle-free performance. The guides minimise any impact on the rod’s action and quickly and efficiently dissipate heat generated by line friction, while their unique design greatly reduces the incidence of line wrapping around the guides or the tip. High density ‘Air Foam’ EVA grips and a Fuji DPS reel seat with locking ring, along with a graphite gimbal nock and neoprene cap, round out the rod’s practical features.
The real difference between a stick bait and a popper rod (Daiwa also has two specialist popper rods in the Saltiga S-Extreme range) became clear the first time I tried the rod. For the limited stick bait fishing I’d tried so far, I had made do with a non-specialist rod. While the casting aspect wasn’t too bad, especially with heavier stick baits, working the lures properly proved difficult and quickly became tiring.
Not so with the 80TN. It not only throws stick baits with less effort, even the lighter 40-50g lures, but working them is so much easier. The rod’s action allows you to get into a groove, sweeping the rod and winding back down the line. The rod tip cushions the sweeps, so the lures don’t jump out of the water, and the whole technique is much easier and more effective.
You can work poppers with this rod, too, provided they’re not too big, but you really need a stiffer rod to get cup-face poppers working correctly.
I managed to get my small selection of stick baits to swim reasonably well during three or four sessions with the 80TN-Saltiga 5000 combo. There were instances when I would have preferred the high-speed 5.7:1 5000H version of the reel, but even the 4.4:1 ratio 5000 retrieves 76cm of line per turn of the handle, so its not bad.
I’d like to report that I slayed the local kingfish with this outfit, but I didn’t, catching just a couple of rats from under the buoys in Rangitoto Channel. I tried elsewhere, including Parengarenga Harbour and Cape Karikari in the Far North, but without success, and I had to return the combo before further opportunities arose.
Fortunately, this outfit has proved itself in the hands of other anglers, hooking GTs and bluefin trevally in Rarotonga and kingfish to 20kg at D’Urville Island in the Marlborough Sounds.
The Saltiga 5000is really quite something – a technological marvel. It has all of Daiwa’s latest features found only on its top of the range reels. This reel sits right at the top of the Daiwa tree with the Saltiga Expedition and Dogfight, but in a more compact package. Hyper Digigear main gearing, multiple sealed ball-bearings, sealed Ultimate Tournament Drag system, Air Bail, Twist Buster II and machined aluminium perforated ball handle are familiar Saltiga features.
The Saltiga 5000 features the same mag-seal technology first seen in Daiwa’s Certate spinning reels and now available across the Saltiga range. Lubricants inside the sealed reel body contain magnetite, which gravitates to metal components inside the reel when a magnetic force is applied, ensuring constant targeted lubrication and forming an impermeable seal that completely excludes water, debris and salt intrusion.
The reel’s body is all metal construction and the handle is machined alloy, but the Air Rotor is Zaion, Daiwa’s state of the art composite resin material that’s both strong and light. It supports the line roller and disperses the pressure and stress of the line travelling over it to the whole lower section of the rotor, reducing flexing and improving ‘reel sensitivity’ – you can feel the difference. The titanium nitride bail arm roller has two ball-bearings, while the ABS spool is a hybrid carbon and aluminium construction that looks sharp. Line capacity is up to 300m of PE5 and the drag exerts up to 15kg of stopping power – ideal for New Zealand kingfish.
The reel’s sealed (including the carbon drag system), so completely washable for easy maintenance and convenience on extended fishing expeditions – simply hold it under a running tap or wash it down with a hose set on gentle pressure.

The drag is…

Brilliant: progressive and strong, with a full range of settings. Daiwa claim in excess of 15kg of drag straight out of the box, which is heaps for a 5000-sized reel designed for 20-30kg line. The rat kings I caught on the combo barely pulled out any drag, but I have no doubt the carbon-fibre drag system is as smooth and powerful as we have come to expect from Saltiga reels.

Casting is…

The rod and reel combo casts lures like a dream, especially those around 60g. I still have a bit of work to do perfecting low-profile braid to leader knots, trying both PR and FG knots during my review of this reel, neither of them particularly tidy. The knot passing through the guides can really affect casting distance, so it’s important to achieve a tidy connection. In worst-case scenarios, a bulky knot can knock out guide inserts and result in snapped off lures.
With this size spool, I settled on leaders of 50kg or less for best casting results.
The bail arm has no trip mechanism and must be closed manually, so there’s no risk of it tripping accidentally while casting – great. As noted, there were situations and particular stick baits where I would have preferred a faster retrieve, but on the whole the 4.4:1 5000 was fine for this application, with the bonus that it would also make an awesome jigging reel. The high speed version retails for the same price.

Things we really liked about the outfit were…

This Saltiga combination feels wonderfully fit for purpose – balanced and light in the hands but with a promise of real power when required. Operation was faultless, angler error aside, and the Saltiga 5000-80TN combo was a pleasure to fish with. My brief time with it has opened up the possibility that I may one day invest in a dedicated stick-bait combo myself, something I have felt was unnecessary until now. I certainly can’t see myself still enjoying stick-bait fishing using my dedicated popper rod or the old spin rod I sometimes press into use. There’s nothing like having the right tool for the job…

What we think could be improved…

Not much that I can see, but I’m sure Daiwa engineers will think of something in seasons to come. Of course I’d like to see it available for a whole lot less money, but that’s unlikely – it’s expensive no matter where in the world you buy it. Buy it here and you at least have the parts and service support of New Zealand’s Daiwa distributor.
The price is comparable with top of the line reels from other manufacturers and it’s likely a reel like the Saltiga 5000 will last the average angler a lifetime. Even hard-core fishers (to whom reels like this really appeal) should get years and years of hard use out of it.
Can’t think of anything other than its two-piece construction with the rod coming apart above the foregrip. This is a strong, ultra-reliable join common to most high-end rods these days, but at 1.7m long when broken down, it’s still a reasonably long rod to transport, especially overseas.
I’m not sure if it’s physically possible given the performance and strength demands of this style of fishing, but it would be nice to see high quality, multi-piece travel rods for stick bait (and popper) fishing. Airlines are becoming increasingly difficult about rod tubes on aircraft these days, so it’s a real advantage if rods pack down into your luggage.

Rod specifications Saltiga S-Extreme 80TN

Length: 2.44m
Line weight: PE6
Best drag: 10kg
Casting weight: 30-100g
Construction: bias-wrap construction, Super Multi Strand Graphite (SSG) composites
Guides: 6 Fuji SIC K-guides, plus tip
Reel seat: Fuji DPS with locking ring

Reel specifications Daiwa Saltiga 5000

Ratio 4.3:1
Super metal body and sideplate
Sealed gearbox
Sealed Ultimate Tournament drag system
Digigear drive system
14 ballbearings, incl 4CRBB
Dual stopper infinite anti-reverse
Machined aluminium power handle
Hybrid graphite and machined aluminium ABS spool
Mag-seal system
Twistbuster II
Titanium nitride twin ball-bearing bail arm roller
Capacity 300m PE5, 250m PE6

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Researcher: 'Two-Mouthed' Trout Caused by Injury, Not Genetics

by Algis J. Laukaitis

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts -- Clarence Olberding of Lincoln thought he had the catch of the day when he hooked a trout with two mouths. But a Harvard University researcher who examined the severed fish head said the unusual deformity was caused by an injury and not a genetic mutation.
“Our preliminary analysis of the ‘two-mouthed’ trout revealed that the condition was caused by an injury to the fish earlier in its life, rather than a genetic repeat or other mutation,” wrote James Lee, a research fellow at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Lee said it appeared that a muscle in the trout’s mouth was severed in the past, causing thin membranes between the lower jaw bone and the floor of the mouth to split. He said that caused the floor of the mouth to drop.
“This gives the appearance of two jaws. It also results in the fish having no practical floor to its mouth,” Lee wrote in an e-mail.
Despite the odd condition, Lee wrote, the trout appeared to be in good health and was able to live, feed and grow to adult size. The fish came from a Nebraska fish hatchery.
Olberding, 57, caught the unusual trout at Holmes Lake in December. The trout had a normal mouth and another one below it that led nowhere. He snapped photos of the fish and then cut off the head and put both pieces in the freezer.
Lee caught wind of the two-mouthed trout after news outlets nationwide ran the story. He asked Olberding to send him the frozen fish head, so he could study it to see if it could shed some light on jaw development in fish, and possibly humans.
Olberding said Wednesday that he was a “little bit” disappointed at the findings.
“I was hoping that there was something there genetically and it would open doors in new areas,” Olberding said.
Since his famous catch, Olberding has had been interviewed or contacted by a dozen radio stations. He even got a call from a radio station in the Netherlands, but was out of town. He also received a newspaper clipping that appeared in a “Stars and Stripes” issue someone saw in Afghanistan.
“It’s been a very interesting couple of months and I had a lot of fun with it,” Olberding said.
So what happened to the rest of the fish?
“We ate it over the holidays,” Olberding said. “A little Bud Light and smoked fish goes a long way.”

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Test Drive Reviews, Toyota XV50 Camry 2.5V

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The Toyota Camry is a car “enthusiasts” love to hate. It’s an uncle car, big and boring, overpriced and underspecced, they say. Rubbish, some might add. For an online reviewer to say that it’s decent would be akin to running across a firing line. Online? Without the scrutiny of active feedback from you, dear readers, papers and car mags can get away with almost anything.
Anyway, we believe there’s a car for everyone, and one that’s not to your personal taste doesn’t make it a bad car. After drving this XV50 Camry 2.5V for few days, not only am I quite fond of it, I now fully understand why the Camry is such a popular car, the default big sedan that racks up sales Koreans dream about in our part of the world.

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First, let’s get some niggles out of the way. There’s no Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) available, even on our range topping RM180,900 2.5V. This is either very stingy or a big oversight on Toyota’s part, especially when the previous Camry had it. Needs to be rectified for the facelift, if not sooner.
Looks wise, I prefer the quiet elegance of the previous model (pre-facelift was even smoother) than the sharper “more dynamic” lines of this Camry. Could be just me, but it looks a little forced. Perhaps they wanted to incorporate “more Lexus” into the image, but those who prioritise eye-catching design won’t be looking this way, not with the Sonata and Optima in town.

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The chiselled new face, dominated by that huge chromed grille, is bolder but a bit fussy, and those LED strips below the fog lamps can’t be anything but an afterthought. There’s more adventure then you’d expect from Toyota’s designers though – there’s an arc that rises from the headlamps, diving down to meet the rising belt line for a signature character stroke.
Another unique cue is the way the car’s sides don’t meld into the front and rear surfaces, and are instead “cut off” quite severely. Toyota calls this “aero corner design” and it helps simplify air flow, aiding aerodynamics along with the discreet “aero stabilising fin” behind the wing mirrors and under-floor covers.

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Moving inside, I like the simplicity of this new dashboard. Same amount of functions, via less buttons – a completely opposite approach from the Honda Accord.
Another plus point for me is the rich meter panel, now incorporating a fuel-consumption section (needle for average FC, light bar for instantaneous) and a two-tier trip meter. When the latter shows average FC and range, I rarely need to jog it via the steering buttons. And like most new cars, an ECO light is included to coach your right foot.

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It has to be said though that the more spartan feel (“feel” because there are no less functions than before) and plain black plastic on the centre stack do little to add to the impression of luxury, something that the previous car did better. Points are clawed back with the stitched dashboard, stereo knobs with fine cut surfacing and a richly-lined handphone slot below the AC panel.
If wood is a must, then they’ve done all they can to make the cabin look “younger” compared to the previous Camry and the Nissan Teana. The black-beige colour combo is right for me, especially in a car like this. The lighter hue provides an expansive feel, while the contrasting black (dashboard, steering, door caps) adds dynamism. Better than the Teana’s different shades of beige theme, I think.

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Let’s not forget the Camry specials. Things like a powered rear blind, manual rear window blinds and shoulder switches give the Camry a touch of limo appeal. The latter is located on the side of the front passenger seat, allowing the driver to adjust that seat electrically without bending over and stretching. Ferrying the family over the weekend, I used it often.
Speaking of limo appeal, rear occupants can really sit back and relax, like a boss. Besides the features above, the Camry’s front passenger headrest can be folded down for a better view.

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The rear bench seating position is good (base not too low, seat back angle not too reclined) and there’s plenty of knee and legroom, more than before thanks to reshaped front seat backs and centre console, which houses air vents. The Camry’s exterior dimensions, 2,775 mm wheelbase included, are unchanged, but packaging has been improved to realise better cabin space.
Kit wise, our 2.5V came with niceties like HID projectors (across the range), eight-way powered seats with electric lumbar for the driver, touch-screen DVD-AVN system with USB, AUX, Bluetooth and reverse camera, front and side airbags, plus keyless entry with push start button.

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Good stuff, but for the money, I would have liked an anti-glare rear view mirror (current one is a thin, cheap looking unit) and wing mirrors that auto fold along with the keyless entry. There’s also no auto headlamps and wipers.
Much has been said about the rise of the Koreans, who are doing a great job, but this new Camry is proof (or rather reminder) that Toyota really knows how to make a big sedan work. No edgy design or fancy glass roof here, just a very comfortable and effortless cruiser.
The 2AR-FE 2.5-litre engine (Dual VVTi, 181 PS, 231 Nm) is very well insulated and smooth revving, and the way it picks up speed with that strong mid range is impressive.

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Same goes for the silky six-speed auto gearbox, which is a good balance between smoothness and speed – changing gears is not so sharp till you feel it, but it does not overlap and slur its way around either. Judgement and perception is very good, which is why I never felt the need to use manual mode.
There’s a slickness and effortlessness to this drivetrain that’s missing in say, a Hyundai Sonata, which is more rough around the edges, and the hushed way the Camry goes about its business should appeal to more in this segment than charismatic nemesis Honda Accord.
The Camry is a smooth operator, which is why I was surprised at the higher than expected vibration at idle, which isn’t in character. Could be an isolated case, but even if not, I reckon that it’s not something that many would notice, only because we’re serial testers.

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Some might say that the Camry has always been smooth. True, but it has never been this competent when hustled. The big Toyota is still not a driver’s car, or even as nice to drive hard down a B-road than an Accord, but it doesn’t feel as uncomfortable as before should you insist.
The steering has surprising weight to it, too. Not much feel, but its precision and weight alone makes the Camry a sharper tool than before. Trunk road driving is not a nightmare as many keen drivers would expect – tyres squeal very early on, and there’s quite a bit of roll, but body control is decent.
Ride comfort is good, and the primary high-speed ride isn’t disconcertingly floaty. Road and wind noise are very well insulated, adding to the XV50′s mile munching cruiser appeal. The Camry has always been a smooth operator, but this time around, the dynamics have caught up a little.

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Living with it for a few days, I can understand why the Camry is so popular with the conservative buyer. It’s not the most exciting player around (far from it), there are spec (too low) and price (too high) issues, and there’s that image problem with younger folks; but Toyota understands what the bulk of D-segment buyers want, and executes the plan well, on the 2.5V at least.
Of course, there’s also the strong resale value and service network the brand commands, things that are high up the priority list of many car buyers.
I’m pleasantly surprised. The uncle never had it this good.
Paul says: The Camry does well in matters that the target buyer wants and can perceive. But everyone thinks bad things only happen to the next guy, and the lack of demand of stability control even in this RM150k-RM200k segment (and hence the removal of this feature in all variants of the Camry for whatever reasons) shows how alarmingly uneducated Malaysian buyers are about safety features. While the car is competent, Toyota seriously needs to add VSC stability control back into this car with the facelift. Until then it is hard to recommend anyone to purchase this if you care about your safety on the road.
If you really want a Camry, perhaps you can look for a low mileage last generation model with VSC and some warranty left. You can look for used Toyota Camry XV40 on

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Andrew House, memperkenalkan PS4 pada majlis pelancaran di New York, hari ini.
Andrew House, memperkenalkan PS4 pada majlis pelancaran di New York, hari ini.
NEW YORK: Sony Corp hari ini melancarkan PlayStation generasi baru, PlayStation 4 (PS4) yang mengetengahkan ciri permainan video masa depan dalam dunia peranti mudah alih dan aliran internet berasaskan cloud.

Ketua Pembangunan Komputer Hiburan, Andrew House, berkata PS4 bakal memperkenalkan sistem konsol itu yang dikenali hanya sebuah kotak atau konsol kepada platform yang akan menerajui dunia permainan video sebagai tumpuan permainan masa depan.

PS4 dibangunkan bagi membolehkan sistem konsol itu mengenali pemain, sangat ideal sehinggakan ia mampu menjangkakan permainan yang mana akan dimainkan pemiliknya. - AFP
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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14




Fish be warned: the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 excels at helping anglers land prizes of every fin, stripe and color.
Whether it’s a day of drift casting, dry flying, or exploring new saltwater haunts, the boat’s super-stable, standing-friendly, rotomolded polyethylene hull encourages all styles of fishing. The Pro Angler 14’s feature-laden deck packs the essentials—from easy-to-reach rod holders, to the fully adjustable Vantage Seat, to stowage for multiple Plano® tackle boxes—for years of blissful fishing.


  • Length: 13' 8" / 4.17 m
  • Width: 38" / .97 m
  • Capacity: 600 lbs / 272 kg
  • Fitted Hull Weight: 110 lbs / 49.9 kg Tooltip
  • Fully Rigged Weight: 138 lbs / 62.6 kg Tooltip
  • Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene


  • MirageDrive with Turbo Fins
  • Retractable Rudder System
  • Horizontal Rod Storage for Six Rods
  • Vantage Seating
  • Boa® System Lumbar Support
  • Extra Large Covered Bow Hatch with Liner
  • Large Center Hatch w/ Tackle Management System
  • Mid-Ship Handles w/ Bungee® Tie-Downs
  • Replaceable Mounting Boards
  • Rear Cargo Area w/ Bungee® Tie Downs
  • Molded-In Vertical Rod Storage
  • Mesh-Covered Stowage Pockets
  • Fixed Front and Rear Carrying Handles
  • 8” Twist and Seal Hatches w/ Gear Bucket
  • Three Plano Tackle Boxes


  • Plug-in Cart
  • Livewell
  • Trailex® Aluminum Trailer
  • Hobie eVolve™ powered by Torqeedot

Hobie MirageDrive




The simple kayak was born perfect. Light, nimble, and easy to use, kayaks paddled through the ages virtually unchanged. An old design maxim says that perfection is achieved when there is nothing left to remove. The Hobie design team response? Get rid of the paddle.

Welcome to the world of the Hobie MirageDrive®. The ungainly paddle is replaced by the sheer efficiency of the pedal. With the largest human muscle group now in play, kayaking becomes easier and more efficient than ever. Two pedals drive a pair of underwater fins – much like a penguin’s flippers. Whether snapping up to speed with a quick burst or steadily covering expanses of water, the MirageDrive allows effortless freedom and function.
The MirageDrive has revolutionized kayak fishing. How? It has freed up your hands for fishing and allows you to fish more efficiently as you maneuver your kayak with your feet. This efficient mechanism allows you to go faster and further with less effort than a paddle and the entire time you can have your fishing pole in your hands. Hold yourself in a ripping current as you place a cast or use the MirageDrive to drag that fish out of structure like mangroves or docks. The layout of Hobie’s fishing kayaks was designed by anglers for anglers, and now with the MirageDrive, a new breed of fishing vessel has emerged that is eco-friendly, quiet for stalking fish, and extremely durable and efficient.


  • Weight: 6.6 lbs / 3.0 kg


  • Revolutionary Propulsion System
  • Hands-Free Kayaking
  • Adjustable Mechanism Accommodates a Wide Range of Pedalers’ Heights
  • Durable Construction of Injection-Molded Plastics and Stainless Steel Fittings
  • Easily Removable for Transport and Storage


  • ST fin upgrade
  • ST Turbo fin kit upgrade

Source:  Horbiecat


Colombo's fishy beauty in danger of extinction


Pethia Cumingii known as ‘Depulliya’ in Sinhala is now a native endangered species.

According to The Island newspaper, in 1991 this ornamental fish was found in eight locations, but in 2012 its habitat has reduced to five.

Found in mountain streams in Sri Lanka, basically in the Kalu Ganga. The habitats of this fish are spread in Horana, Ingiriya and Bodinagala in Colombo.

Environmentalists yesterday urged the government not to ease the regulations regarding the export of endemic species of freshwater fish and plants to boost the profits of the ornamental fish exporting industry.

According to environmentalists, the Wildlife Conservation Department (WCD), on the instructions of the Economic Development Ministry, was to formulating rules and regulations to ease the export of rare, endemic and protected freshwater plants and fish.

Environmentalists accused the ornamental fish exporting industry of seeking to loosen regulations in order to boost their earnings.

Addressing the media, at the National Library Auditorium on Wednesday (09), Environment Conservation Trust (ECT) Director, Sajeeva Chamikara claimed that if those rare, endemic and protected species, which were protected under the flora and fauna protection ordinance, were removed from their original places, for the special breeding system, they would be extinct in a short time.

He warned that freshwater fish, some that have been named only in the recent past, were under threat due to over fishing for export.

Chamikara stressed that people would collect those species from their native environment to the point of extinction to make money.

Environmental Lawyer Jagath Gunawardane said that if the present trend of over exploitation continued, all 91 species would face the same fate as many endemic freshwater fish.

According to Nadeeka Hapuarachchi, of the Wildlife Conservation Society, the freshwater fish were the most widely traded wild species from Sri Lanka and the severe threat faced by endemic fish included habitat degradation and water pollution by increased human activities and over exportation.

Meanwhile, ornamental fish exporters claimed that by easing the restrictions, they can recapture a larger share of the export market and use a portion of the proceeds to do work that will go much further towards protecting Sri Lankan habitats, which are under serious threat due to severe pollution.

WCD Director General, H. D. Rathnayake told The Island that the WCD had been funded to prepare rules and regulations to allow breeding and export of eight endemic, rare and protected species of freshwater fish and 13 species of freshwater plants on the instructions of the Economic Development Ministry.

Ratnayake noted that the WCD wouldn’t allow those species to be caught from their native environment.

Source:  Emirates247

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Grilled octopus with yuzu ketchup

Grilled octopus with yuzu ketchup
by Janice Wong and Jonathan Sparber

Yes, ketchup can be made at home. It also tastes much better - you can adjust the salt and tomato content to suit your tastebuds. Prepare this overnight, but don't marinate the octopus for too long - the flavours do intensify, as does the salt content.

Recipe serves 4
Difficulty: Medium
Preparation time: 8 hours or overnight
Cooking time: 30 minutes + 15 minutes

12 octopus tentacles
6g or 1 clove garlic, crushed
2g paprika powder
4g sea salt
20ml olive oil
1 serving of yuzu ketchup
For the yuzu ketchup (makes 4 servings):
30ml yuzu juice
90g onion, diced
2g sugar
30g tomato paste
2g paprika powder
3g sea salt
2g or 1 small clove garlic, crushed
60ml grapeseed oil
1. A day before serving, make the yuzu ketchup: sweat the diced onion and crushed garlic in a pan with oil on low heat until softened.
2. Add paprika powder and tomato paste, and continue cooking on low heat.
3. Add the remaining ingredients for the yuzu ketchup and cook for 30 minutes.
4. When done, prepare the octopus: blend the rest of the ingredients except the octopus tentacles to make a marinade.
5. Add octopus and marinate overnight.
6. When ready to serve, remove octopus from marinade and grill over high heat.
7. Serve with some yuzu ketchup.

Chef-owner of 2am:dessertbar and 2am:lab, Janice Wong, is known for creating desserts that resemble paintings on a plate. She takes making desserts very seriously – serious fun, that is: from pop rocks to fruit leathers (and these are putting her work simply), there is never a dull moment - not when there almost always is a story behind each dish.
Jonathan Sparber is the consulting resident chef at 2am:lab. The former Spice Market London chef approaches each of his projects differently to create a unique and creative experience for the guests and the team.

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1. Antara umpan yang boleh digunakan untuk memancing di pantai adalah seperti berikut:-
a) udang segar - hidup lagi baik
b) perumpun
c) hirisan ikan - kembung, selayang, selar
d) sotong pasar
e) sotong kurita
f) anak ikan belanak
g) ketam angin atau ketam batu
h) roti untuk umpan belanak besar
i) roti canai / daging ayam untuk ikan kuku
j) siput, kupang, kerang dan isi cengkerang lain

2. Saiz batu ladung boleh menentukan jarak balingan. Pastikan batu yang digunakan dapat ditampung oleh hujung joran ketika dilontar. Ini untuk mengelakkan hujung joran dapat bertahan. Selalunya batu bersaiz 8 hingga 12 digunakan. Pilihlah batu yang lonjong memanjang untuk mengurangkan rintangan angin dan arus.
                                                            Gambar Hiasan

3. Perambut bolehlah bermula dari 20 hingga 60 paun bergantung kepada kekuatan tali utama, mata kail, kekuatan kekili dan kekuatan joran. Panjang perambut adalah antara 1 hingga 2 kaki. Jika memancing bebulus perambut kekuatan 12 dan panjang setengah kaki paling sesuai.

4. Kunjungi pantai ketika air kurang gelombang dan berangin. Pastikan tiada hujan sebelum kunjungan dan air yang hampir jernih (air yang terlalu jernih...ikan kurang galak).

5. Waktu terbaik untuk pancingan pantai ialah ketika air pasang penuh. Ketika ini ikan akan rapat ke pantai. Sebelah malam ........... ikan lebih aktif memakan umpan daripada siang. Kesimpulannya waktu yang paling sesuai adalah lewat petang hingga sebelum terbit fajar.

6. Penggunaan joran yang panjang adalah satu kelebihan semasa memancing di pantai. Lontaran yang jauh lebih mendatangkan hasil.Selamat memancing. Byeeeeeeeeeeee.................

Selamat memancing. Byeeeeeeeeeeee.................

sumber dipetik daripada Akhbar Joran, Berita Harian

Chile Becomes First Country to Protect All Seamounts From Bottom Trawling

Chile Becomes First Country to Protect All Seamounts From Bottom Trawling
Fish school around a seamount off Chile
Fish school around the Juan Fernandez seamounts chain off Chile, examples of the biodiverse places now protected from trawling by the country. Photo: Eduardo Sorensen
By Alex Muñoz of Oceana

I’m happy to start 2013 by sharing some inspiring news from my country, Chile, one of the world’s top fishing nations. The good news is that our Government and National Congress, following campaigning by Oceana, overhauled our fishing laws by banning bottom trawling in all vulnerable marine ecosystems (including all seamounts in Chile), requiring the implementation of reduction plans for bycatch and discards of ocean species, and ensuring that fishing quotas are based on science rather than politics.
According to a report presented to Chilean lawmakers by Oceana, in the past decade catch limits for three of Chile’s major fisheries – anchovy, jack mackerel, and hake – far exceeded scientific recommendation (by 78 percent, 87 percent, and 193 percent, respectively) and as a result, this blatant overfishing greatly endangered the future viability of these resources. Under the new law, fishing quotas will be decided by independent scientific committees, without participation of the fishing industry. This means that Chile’s catch will no longer exceed scientific recommendations and will, hopefully, become sustainable. This is incredibly important in my country as fishing is a major source of jobs and economic activity.
The new legislation also makes Chile the first country to protect all its seamounts from bottom trawling, a destructive practice that bulldozes ocean habitat in pursuit of a few target species on the seafloor. This vicious fishing method destroys precious habitats on seamounts, including remarkable coral gardens which can take centuries to form. But thanks to the Chilean Congress, all 118 seamounts in Chile are now closed to bottom trawling.
Finally, the law requires fishermen to reduce bycatch, which is the incidental catch of species not targeted by the fishing industry. It results in huge amounts of fish and other marine life being thrown back into the ocean, dead or dying. All fisheries must now create plans to reduce bycatch and take added measures to protect species like marine mammals, turtles, and seabirds that are incidentally caught. This is a major development in Chile where some fisheries have enormous amounts of bycatch. Our swordfish fishery, for example, amazingly catches more sharks (as bycatch) than swordfish.

Coral in seamount off Chile
Factory trawlers can damage such coral if they aren't protected. Photo: Eduardo Sorensen

This legislation is an enormous step forward for a country that has, for too long, ignored the environmental impact of its fishing fleet. But it took a lot of hard work over the years by Oceana’s staff in Chile and key members of Congress to make it a reality. Of particular note was the work done by National Geographic and Oceana in 2010 to highlight some of Chile’s precious marine habitat, which helped create the fourth largest fully protected no-take zone around the island of Salas y Gómez, near Easter Island (In 2011, both NatGeo and Oceana, together with the Chilean Navy, conducted a new and unprecedented expedition to Salas y Gómez and have proposed the expansion of the same marine park).
We’re proud of all these accomplishments, but there is more work to be done. As we look towards the not-so-distant future, when the world will have a population of 9 billion people by 2050, we must ensure that the oceans are healthy enough to contribute to the increasing demand for food. Poor people, including many in Chile, are very dependent on seafood for their food security, so the oceans must be healthy and abundant. This is only possible when we protect habitat, enforce fishing quotas and reduce bycatch. With this new legislation Chile took an important step by addressing all of the above.
As we greatly value the advances achieved, now we must work with all the different players involved, especially with a strong Chilean State that will monitor this new fishery legislation. With proper enforcement, our fisheries can become healthy and can once again benefit the artisanal fishermen and coastal communities that have depended on them for so long.
Alex Muñoz works in Oceana‘s Chile office.

Delicate life beneath the sea
Delicate life beneath the sea. Photo: Eduardo Sorensen
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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Blokart PRO Version

Blokart PRO Version

Blokart PRO Version with 3m and 4m Sail
Ships To: Singapore, Malaysia
Product DescriptionThe Blokart Pro is the ultimate portable land sailing machine. Fun, Fast and compact. This machine is made from high quality polished stainless steel and a carbon fibre mast supplied with a range of durable sail options. The Blokart delivers fun with as little as 3-5 knots of wind. Suitable for beaches, parking lots, even small areas or a spec designed track. Choose from a range of 3m, 4m or 5.5m Sails. Additional options are available on request.

Product Specifications

SailColor Sailsize Version Weight Material
Red 3 & 4m Pro 30kg Fiberglass and polished stainless steel

Product Features

  1. Fibre Glass detachable Mast
  2. Stainless steel fittings
  3. Brushed finish floor plan

Product Includes

  1. Package price includes 3m and 4m sail
  2. 1 Front Tyre/Wheel and 2 Rear Tyres/Wheels
  3. Main Chasis
  4. Seat Belt
  5. Boom
  6. Carrying Bag
  7. Owner Manual and DVD

Product Advice
Blokarts come with an instruction manual and DVD for learning to setup and using the Blokart.

Learning to setup or store away is relatively easy.
With some practice and under favorable winds conditions, learning land sailing is easy and fun.

Blokart tires use regular car tire valves for inflation which is readily available at most petrol service stations.

During strong winds, exercise safety by ensuring you have room to manoeuver and handle the Blokart.
Under the right conditions, these karts will fly!

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Storm Gomoku Series Metal Jig - Micro Jig!

Storm Micro Jig adalah ahli terkecil dalam siri jig besi Storm Gomoku. Ia terdapat dalam 3 saiz (5g, 8g dan 12g) dan 7 warna yang menakjubkan (2 bereka-bentuk dwi muka). Jig ini sesuai untuk semua jenis spesies ikan, termasuk spesis yang jarang membaham jig. Reka-bentuk tidak simetri jig ini mendayakan aksi yang menarik ketika dimain dengan laju ataupun perlahan. Aksi paling efektif jig ini diperolehi apabila dibiarkan tenggelam sampai ke dasar dan dihenjut dua atau tiga kali kemudiannya dijeda. Ulangi langkah tersebut sampai setengah paras kedalaman air. Biasanya jig akan dibaham ikan ketika ia tenggelam. Untuk mendapatkan aksi terbaik, gunakan tali sulam tidak melebihi 10-paun. Kami mengesyorkan tali sulam 6-paun Sufix 832. Storm Micro Jig ini juga serba cukup untuk digunakan untuk jigging air tawar.

The Micro Jig is the smallest member of the Storm Gomoku Series Metal jigs. Available in 3 sizes (5g, 8g and 12g) and 7 amazing colours (2 with double-face design), these jigs are great for all sorts of species, including those which you never even thought of getting on conventional jigs! The asymmetrical design of this little jig causes it to dart and flutter about like a tiny baitfish craving to be eaten, while the beautiful finishing on these jigs will easily attract the attention of predators a good distance away! The Micro Jig can be worked back at high-speed or allowed to drop all the way to the bottom and retrieved with a "jig-jig-pause" motion. To get the best action out of this jig, use no more than 10lb braided line and we strongly recommend 6lb Sufix 832. The Micro Jig is even versatile enough to be used for 'freshwater jigging'!

7 Attractive Colours (2 with double face design)!
Gomoku Series
Side 1

Side 2

Side 1
Side 2
Little snack-size

Can be rigged with small jig hooks
Works great with Storm Micro Jigger PE0.4-1

Works great with Storm Micro Jigger PE0.4-1

Small Sagai
Small Sagai
Even small Ebek!
Another little Ebek
Sagai / Longfin
Result of 'freshwater jigging'
"I'm so happy!!"

Even Zebra Cichlid love Micro Jig!

Nice fat Zebra Cichlid
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