Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lim Chu Kang Fish Farm

It was a public holiday and the motley crew of fishing heroes got together again for a somewhat exciting trip to the not so beautiful seas of Lim Chu Kang! We were going on a floating fish farm with some family and friends of the owners. It is illegal for fish farms in Singapore to charge fees for bringing people up but we were going for free!

We prepared our own baits, foods and drinks.

We went to a Sheng Siong at the Clementi area to get some bait but they didn’t have live prawns.

Sheng siong!
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They sell frogs too. It's a delicacy here
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Various frozen seafood
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Fishes
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This branch even sells freshwater soft shelled turtles!
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After that we had breakfast and off we went to our destination!

While waiting for the “ferry” to fetch us, we observed that the family we were going with was quite big! But most of them there are just there for the fun and relaxation.

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We finally boarded the boat!
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It rained heavily last night and I was very skeptical about fishing. It was expected that there would be loads of catfish. Also, the tide was not in our favour. Today was a morning up tide. If we could reach the fish farm earlier around 7am, it will be good fishing. Sadly we only reached there at around 1030hrs due to waiting around.

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The fish farm is into the rearing of milk fishes and mussels and we were pretty disappointed about that. This meant the salinity of the water was not salty enough to hold fishes like grouper or snapper.

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Milkfish
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According to our guide, those fishes would only swim in during high tide. There will be fishes like stingray, catfish, diamond trevally(chermin), grunters.

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Let’s skip to the fishing part!

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Let’s just say it was a catfish day. From the first cast to the last was full of catfish. Some workers of the kelong requested we give them the catfish as they want to feed their fish farm ducks with that. Yes… what goes into your ducks is actually catfish protein!

Meant for the ducks!
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Catfish hook up!
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A lucky old man who was fishing earlier than us managed to get a Guhood(Grunter) and Chao Xi(Sickle fish). He even told me the previous day he caught 10 over eel tailed catfishes (sembilang) weighing over 3 – 4kg! Well, AG got one with the noodle rod! Surprisingly, it was quite a good fighter! There was also lots of kim kor being caught kekeke.

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The end of the day was a sad affair for me with an unwanted thing being landed! It was good to note that a big take was witnessed near the kelong nets. The fish ran out non stop onto the next fish farm’s structures and bust off the line. The ah lau with the rod was pissed! He was using live prawns!

Why!!!
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The rest of the crew had fresh mussels which were harvested on board the farm.
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Well, our guide told us next time come at night when they finished their small boat and we will be able to go to 2nd link to fish. Baits are readily available as they rear milkfish.

Stay tuned to then!
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

do you still hav contact for this fish farm? can pm me thru fb
regards dusk yl

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