Hello everyone,

After a long stretch of months without any fishing, Sandakan Air Traffic Controllers from Sandakan Airport, got out for our first outing of the year 2012. And we were happy that DCA Sandakan Manager, Mr. KD Lai and SATCO, Mr. Herman joined the trip.

24March2012, all set at 8 am, gathered at Sandakan Town Jetty. It was beautifully shady morning but a little on the windy side. 

From left : KD Lai, Yazid and Yassin

We rounded the first bend hoping for respite from the wind, but winds snaked down the Pulau Bai lagoon consistently.

KD Lai said, "My first ever grouper and the honor of landing the first fish goes to me".
Herman with his grouper license
Grouper again
Yassin with his Ketambak fish ( Red Ear Emperor fish)
Gelama fish or Croacker fish
Yassin with his 'cute' catch
Hamdan with his catch
Second Pulau Bai license from KD Lai with his grouper
Not to be forgotten. Mr Herman and his license.
It's grouper feast tonight.

RM1.50 breakfast. Reddish and spicy. Nasi kuning and Fried Bihun

Relaxation - Life is stressful these days and it is only getting worse and fishing is the ultimate relaxation tool.

From left : Yassin, Herman and his kid.
Lunch time
Someone has got one too.

The following photo by Yazid is a good demonstration of how to cast a fishing reel and you may get 2 in a row. Remember to practice in the back yard or at the local park first - without hooks!!

Yazid with Ikan Kerisi (somebody enlighten me this fish in English)
Thinking of what to cook today.
That's cool man.
Hamdan and his 370g Red Snapper. Awesome
Is that Mr Crab from SpongeBob?
Herman said, " Haji Yassin, do you wanna take all these".
And he answered, " Bah ya lah...Bagi la labih labih sikit. Ramai bah aku di rumah".
After hours of fishing and it's time to take a rest.
The handsome captain of the day. Only one fish and not his lucky day. You may try again next time
The veterans on board
Amateurs and professionals in a group photo
Small lagoon with small catch this time.
Yassin the happy man.
Approaching Sandakan Town jetty at 5 pm
Group photo.
A great day on the water and looking forward to go home

As grouper goes I would have to consider this trip a sweet success, as anytime you can spot some fish and a least get a take or two you are doing something right. Plus it doesn't get much better than exploring Pulau Bai lagoon with  all of your good friends. 

Our warmest and special thank is  to DCASandakan club for the sponsor. We are also exceptionally blessed and fortunate to our friends who had to work at the tower on behalf of us.

Our next trip would be at Pulau Nunuyan (Nunuyan Island) or Pulau Libaran (Libaran Island). Well, as for now, that's part of the agenda.

Till then, catch you again in next trip.

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Till then, see ya!!


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’Izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam consented to visit Sandakan, Sabah for 2 days which was on the 3rd and 4th of March 2012.  

The Sultan and his 17-member entourage arrived by a special aircraft which touched down at Sandakan Airport at 9.25am.

They were met on arrival by Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, Musa and several state ministers.

Seen on the photo, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah being welcomed by leaders of the State of Sabah at the Sandakan Airport. 

Boeing 767-27G/ER

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