Friday, January 20, 2012

Punggol End Beach And Jetty

Punggol End Beach and Jetty used to be one of my favourite eging spots in Singapore. In the past, it used to be less crowded, full of squids and it was a place where i would go have a few casts when i was stressed or needed some fresh air... But now it has transformed into a more developed area and it is packed with people!

I could not recognise the place...
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Look at the number of cars!
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Since there were a few days of sun, i went out to check Punggol End for some squids but i went home early because it was too crowded and noisy. No longer can i do my eging in peace... There were kids running around, shouting and screaming... Big malay families camping at the beach and all over the area...

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Packed!
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There was still a great number of people coming to fish for squids though... but they left one by one as the wind got stronger... The style of eging has changed alot in these 4 years. 4 years back, these ah laos used only slow crank to fish for the squids. Nowadays, you see them whipping their rods like some pro Japanese wannabe eging angler... Some even bought eging rods, yamashita squid jigs etc....

Packed with new age eging anglers...
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Well.... it just proves that even the most stubborn learn...

Oh yea bus 82 does not go to Punggol End anymore... you have to use bus 84...
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Year's Eve Changi Offshore Fishing

Almost every year, i will try to have a "last fish of the year" trip. Thankfully, i managed to book Ah Long this year... But a few weeks for before the booking, it kept raining everyday... so we are all praying hard the rain stops during our trip. The trip was done in such a way that if the rain proves to be still raging, the Captain will call me to discuss and we might cancel the trip. But... luckily 2 days before the trip it was sunny all the way... This might not be enough though as it requires a few days sun to "wash away" the freshwater in the sea...

All go!
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Let me share some of my knowledge here for Changi Offshore as many do not know the fishing strategy there... it's very important to note that Changi and Punggol are considered "rivers" and that the main sea is actually in the direction of Johor Shoals or off Changi Naval base... This is where the saltwater comes from.

Hence during the rainy season, freshwater from Changi, Punggol, Ubin and Pengerang side will all flush down... This is during outgoing tide in which the water is flowing towards the main sea which is Changi Naval base side... this is EXTREMELY DETRIMENTAL to fishing near Ubin, Changi side during heavy rain as it will bring all the catfishes out because the water salinity is very freshy due to the rain water...

The solution to this problem is to fish at the open sea... as the fishes that love saltwater like grouper will move out into the open sea... note that if it is not rainy season, no worries.... the fishes will still be here...

Now then one will ask ... So we don't fish near Tekong, Ubin or Punggol during rainy season?! Not true... The key is to fish there when water is INCOMING... means water is moving from the main sea Changi Naval base area to Ubin... this will bring some salinity into the water and fishes will move in to feed...

The key to fish in the rainy season is to either book a spring tide which will mean good salinity... or book a tide which is incoming the whole day or most of the day...

Back to the trip... This trip saw the incoming tide occur in the morning and we had a good catch of Snappers and Groupers in the morning. After lunch saw us catching catfishes and the likes...

Cousin getting a good ang cho kee...
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Sim dad and 1.8kg Grouper
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Uncle Dennis getting a good one
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Fengshan knock out...
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Well, my first saltwater fish was an Ang Ko Li... the "rainbow fish"... tasty little buggers... hehehe...

Sad total catch..
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Last Freshwater Fishes of 2011 and First Freshwater Fishes of 2012

A couple of freshwater luring sorties that didn't really have any impact in our lives took place during the festive period. No spectacular catches were recorded but we still enjoyed ourselves!

Notice that in some of the photos, background is not censored. What i am trying to do is to share with our viewers our "so called secret spots" so as to showcase the beauty of fishing in our local freshwater holes. It is the spirit of sharing and angling that drives me. It's either you know the spot or you don't.... and quite frankly... censoring backgrounds off photos spoils the photos... I'll try to keep backgrounds original as much as i can....

One of the shots from new year's eve freshwater fishing in which Shawn and me caught a Temensis each... boring...
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New year's day fish.... on a light setup of Zeus Inox 4lbs rod, Caldia Kix 2000 with 6lbs Abulon Tournament monofilament line and 8lbs frog hair flourocarbon leader...
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First fish for 2012!
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Feel the air.... breathe the air ;)
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Shawn getting in on the fun
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One of the fishes in another trip...
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Sniping who?
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Shawn's waterproof and floating "overboard" bag...
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Boxing Day Luring

Well, the gang itched for Santa's fishy gifts and we set off for another bash in our Singapore's remaining "tropical rainforest". On this trip was Nick... our mr Hulk who was new to this whole luring thing and was itching for a first fish on lure. We brought him through the motions and what do you know... He got his first Toman aka Snakehead.... It wasn't huge but still something to shout about!

Nick's first fish on lure... a decent Toman
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All of us were cramped at a small area but we made do with haphazard casting... Shawn got a nice specimen too around the 4lbs mark...
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Today was a sunny day after weeks of rain... The significant change in weather meant alot for fishing.... Water temperature, pressures, type of fishes active all changed. This was evident in today's catch which suprisingly had more Toman than Temensis!

Also an interesting catch of the day by Shawn... A jungle snakehead or known locally as the Budjuk... This fish is a rare catch as invasive species like the Peacock Bass take hold in our reservoir. The fish is a survivor and can survive in puddles of water. It is often found in muddy stagnant water and does not grow very big...

Shawn caught a decent sized specimen.... fat and very healthy... well done Shawn...
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Very fat and good sized...
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A temensis being caught...

I ended the day landing a few small Temensis... The big ones simply weren't feeding today...
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But we had fun with mother nature... She is so accomodating as usual...
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And by fun, i mean by planking! Hehe...
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And a little photoshop is going to tell you a whole new story... Imagination! Where's the fish?!
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Monday, January 9, 2012

TCE Tackles Import Export Grand Opening

TCE Tackles grand opening made it to the newspapers on 8 January Sunday... So i went to have a look. It's finally good to have a tackle shop near me. Shawn was on the way to pick me up for fishing so i told him why not visit the grand opening and see what they have. They also have door gifts and food...

Here's the address and contacts!
TCE TACKLES SINGAPORE PTE LTD
NO.1, BUKIT BATOK CRESCENT #02-30
W'CEGA PLAZA, 658064
SINGAPORE

TELEPHONE:
+65 6684 2628

EMAIL:
INFO@TCETACKLES.COM.SG

WEBSITE: WWW.TCETACKLES.COM.SG


The place is quite big and has free ample parking but might pose a problem for those without their own transport. It's in the middle of an industrial estate. I guess it's kind of a "showroom style" tackle shop as they do not sell baits or water etc.

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Me and Shawn followed the posters lol
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TCE Tackles stock up with in house brands like Lemax, Ajiking, Strike pro, Bakau Xpuyu, Tomman, Banax, St Croix. Most of them are Malaysian brands. I kinda liked the Bakau lure series. There are many good and effective colours and models from what i can see. Some are as cheap as only $3.

It looks quite empty but... pretty crowded!
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They sell a great variety of Bakau and Strike Pro lures so Shawn and me got some frogs for our upcoming Toman river luring trip on a sampan.

I got myself some Bakau frogs at only $3.80. I spent around $8 and Shawn spent abit more but TCE gave us some free door gifts and goody bag.

Bakau Squid Jigs, lures
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Crazy choices of bakau lures... cheap too!
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Inside the Goody bag was a towel, mug with assorted fish designs... i got bluefin Tuna and Shawn got Dorado. A free cap was also included. We also were given a nice poster of fishes of malaysia freshwater and saltwater fishes... kekeke....

Goody bags! Everyones favourite!
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Lemax rods
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Kiasu Singaporean
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More posters
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Ajiking big guns
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Food was awesome considering it was already cold and we can see that TCE Tackles has put on a great show for the opening day with more staff than customers, great food, posters and door gifts... Well done i would say... Let's hope they can last in the market.

Food!
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Me and Shawn chilling out... with our free gifts
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Me taking some pictures with the poster which i later left in Shawn's van..lol
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Me and Shawn went fishing after that and he finally got his first fish of 2012.... Will update again!
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