Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fishing for Tarpon and Giant Herring in Singapore

We don’t usually deliberately go fishing for tarpon and giant herring in Singapore because they are so rare and dispersed. So I suppose we were fairly shocked when we were sight casting for them during a recent quickie Prince of Peace trip. In fact, they were in such huge numbers that hook ups were easy and they were responding to almost any sort of presentation (bait, jigs and even sinking minnows!).

They were taking anything. Even a 40g jig!
And lures...
Acrobatics!
Double hookup!
Both tarpon and giant herring (ladyfish) tend to be in schools and rise to the surface of the water column quite regularly. Hence, any lure or jig presentation that is top water often works well. Lures like small poppers, surface cruisers, pencils and jigs/minnows work across the top water column are great. However, I was always told that we should be cautious when luring these supposedly shy fish as they may be extremely finicky. NOPE! They hit whatever was thrown at them (even apollo with prawn meat!) and they were in frenzy mode.

Quickie tapao, don't blame me because I'm practicising responsible catch and keep with variety
In fact, we didn’t take pictures for many of the fish we landed. We bought home around 10 giant herring (released all tarpons – probably about half a dozen pcs) for the dinner table and lost/released easily 20pcs. I wonder if these smaller herring will be better than bigger sized ones. Herrings this size can be fried crispy for the whole fish so something to think about! Some juvenile snappers were also brought back (palm sized at least with many smaller than that being released) with the assurance that these would not be wasted. In fact, my mother prefers fishes of this size rather than the big ones. 

Keen for a tarpon and/or giant herring fishing trip? Contact Jeff from Prince of Peace fishing charters.

Note to flyfishing or expert tarpon/giant herring anglers. This is a ripe chance for an industry/fishing style that is highly underfished. There is huge potential...

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