My First Rumpon Experience was unforgettable experience. Only slept 3 hours, It took us 2.5 hour to go to the Rumpon, plus our heart was pounding from excitement and we were surrounded with Yellowfin Tuna and Skipjack. We left the fishing village at 3:00 am and reach the first rumpon/FAD at 5:30 am. We were to early because it was dark, but the 30 minute wait was worth it. All the sudden the surface was bubbling from all the bait fish being attack by Yellowfin Tuna and Skipjack.
The size 90 double rubber speargun didn’t really help , 110 3 rubber also was useless because it was undersize, and we had zero experience. We still caught the tuna but by using Handline with life fish bait. From that first experience i never stop going back to the rumpon. Is the best spot to catch pelagic fish: Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, Spanish Mackerel, Tripppletail, Rainbow Runner and Mahi Mahi.
This year i lost a rumpon so i decide to make another rumpon little bit further from before. Hopefully with my experience and a lots of planning we will shot few Yellowfin tuna and sailfish and of course a lot more Wahoo and Mahi Mahi in the cooler Bag!!
The process took 2 weeks to build the Rumpon. We need to order the rope from a shop in Denpasar and it took us 1 week to buy one because they need to delivered from Jakarta. The concrete anchor will take several days to properly dry. The construction of the rumpon platform only take 2 days. Once we completed the Rumpon we made a small ceremony will simple offering to the gods and holy Hindu priest to lead the prayers. The next day the rumpon was escorted by 12 Traditional boats to position. The location is famous for the migration route for the famous Yellowfin tuna and Billfish.
|The rumpon completed
|Simple and small offering to the Gods
|Hindu Priest leading the prayer