Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fast track to learning how to fish like a pro: catch and release payponds

The Dragon Tiger Group - Not too bad a fight for my custom St Croix 8-14lbs!
As wild fish stocks in Singapore and the rest of the world start to decline, paying money to fish in a stocked artificial pond will be lucrative business. We've seen "catch and keep" payponds in Singapore do well but recently more ponds are using the "catch and release" model. This model sees more ponds stocked with huge Tiger Groups and Dragon Tiger Groupers which are popular among our local Singapore anglers. Various ponds locally and regionally are now stocking these fish. We even have a new "catch and release" fishing pond in Batam, Barelang.

While I do not usually fish at pay ponds, I can't deny that such ponds give newbies or beginners a good first experience. Such ponds are usually high on bite rate and well stocked so newbies won't have the problem of "fish not biting". This was exactly what happened when I brought first time budding fisher-woman Bakgirl out on a trip to Desaru "Brother" catch and release pond.

Bakgirl instantly felt what it meant to hook onto a double digit grouper and all this was done by using artificial lures! Monster Barramundis were also landed on rubber lures and really gave our tackle a run for their money. Other kakis that used hard bodied lures such as the bent minnows and poppers were rewarded too as everyone's tackle "screamed".

See our happy faces below? Fishing in Singapore payponds will never be the same again!
Big rubber lures are very effective for the groupers
Jigger at the deeper regions of the pond also produces
Team effort to haul up this grouper!
Well, she did it too! Cast and bam!
Good sized kim calls for a good pose
Small groupers also loved the pink rubber!
I couldn't help but have fun some too!
OSP bent minnow tempting this fella!
 Desaru "Brother" pond is highly recommended and is really quite affordable. Between the two of us (usually one rod only as Bakgirl was a newbie), we landed easily more than two dozen fishes of good size (average 4 - 10kg). The fishes there are also relatively healthy since the pond's fishes are the "pets" of the owner. They're well fed and fight really well compared to other similar payponds.

Well, the bite rate was really excellent and you can see what I mean by this video

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Prawning at 1Ders Recreation, D Kranji Farm Resort (Neo Tiew)

Prawning catches in Singapore have been on the slide since this hobby got popular. Prawn ponds these days stock up more small prawns and don't release as much prawns as before.

The bridge concept
Very big pond. Big for usual prawning pond standards
Lemon herb seasoning & curry powder
BBQ time!
Nothing like fresh prawns?
All is not lost though and to my surprise, this humble small pond at D Kranji Farm Resort are stocking up big blue mountain prawns and are very generous in releasing prawns.

I got a very decent catch and I wasn't even trying. Five things to note below:
  1. The management of the pond were very friendly and serves you with a smile.
  2. Another interesting feature of the pond is that it also provides curry powder as a seasoning and the MSG made the prawns more flavorful as we grilled them!
  3. The tagged prawn system is very logical and down to earth. Simply get cash when you catch tagged prawns. This is good as it is not the usual get free hours when you catch tagged prawns scheme. Nothing like instant cash back right?
  4. Parking is quite ample and although the location is very "ulu", it is quite "modern" inside with a restaurant beside the pond. The pond sells some basic soft drinks and no food & beer (yet).
  5. Bring mosquito repellent and a portable fan if you have.
I reckon that you have to go visit this pond as soon as you can. It's a new pond and the crowd is still a little lukewarm. The water is also clean and there is no lingering "medicine" smell that many other prawning ponds have. 

Although I've said many nice things about this prawning pond, only time will tell if it goes down the usual way of other ponds. Let's hope it doesn't!

1Ders Recreation (inside D Kranji Farm Resort, behind restaurant)
10 Neo Tiew Lane 2
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