Monday, December 4, 2017

Fishing with the Prince of Peace (Jeff Tsen), Sembawang SAF Yacht Club, Singapore

Do you like catching small reef fish like arumugam, john's snapper, leatherjackets, hang zi hee, leng chiam and so on? Well, then you better head on to the Prince of Peace (POP) fishing charter boat in Singapore. Berthed at the Sembawang SAF Yacht Club, the POP is helmed by veteran skipper Jeff Tsen (Dr. Rod). Jeff has been around for years and is also the skipper for the infamous sampan fishing charters. He's a fan of catching small fish which is a welcome sight because small fishes can be really tasty and good fun!

Because of some last minute weather, we cancelled our sampan trip and went onboard POP to do some changi/ubin fishing at last minute notice. Jeff was a no nonsense skipper and we were tasked to meet at the pier at 6am in order to meet the tide. We would first head to Changi to buy our prawns and ice from the kelongs and then head to the hybrid spots to nab some groupers. After that was reef fishing time for the rest of the day. How did the day go?

Busted off at 'GPS147' grouper spot

On red rubber shad! Yeah!
I have to admit I was shocked when the 2nd and 3rd groupers bust me off in under 5 seconds at one of Jeff's grouper spots. Totally no chance given. I usually am the one bullying fishes but the opposite happened this time. I got complacent after landing the first fish on rubber - a beautiful malabar which took the rubber on the drop. The next two fishes took the rubber shad too and just took off even though I put my hand on the spool. The angle of the line wasn't the best though and I was cut off after a few seconds. Imagine size 10 leaders being cut off like candy floss! These bust lines would be in my memory for quite some time!
 
Ubin good sized Kim by Biao
Gelama jackpot
Hanzi hee
Good total catch

Tandah time!

Reef fishing time
If you are familiar with Ah Bee at Punggol, then you will know that reef fishing is loads of fun especially if you use small hooks and cut baits! We fished up much tandas, tee boons, mugams and han zi hees at Jeff's spots. This really brought back childhood memories where we cannot afford live prawns and had to use handline.

Conclusion
We had great fun for the whole day and the total catch picture didn't even include the 5 good sized fishes that we couldn't bring back. POP was rather spacious and probably would fit 7 anglers comfortably. The live bait well was one of the best that I have come across and Jeff's knowledge of the fishing spots was seamless. Jeff's winning trait was that he knew which tide to visit which spots at - if the tide wasn't right for certain spots, then forget it, don't waste time. This was important to me as you don't end up just fishing blindly.

We even posted for one!
Priced at $550 (with 2kg prawns and ice at max 7 pax), POP was surely one of the most value for money charters that we came across. Highly recommended you try Jeff's services ;)

To book POP, go to https://www.facebook.com/1.princeofpeace or call 97428579 Jeff Tsen.

2 comments:

Hedonist said...

small fishes are fun and tasty indeed ! looking forward to the trip on Sunday !

Nigel said...

Good luck bro! May the sabiki be with you!

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