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How to maximise your fishing package at Gills Fishing Pond?

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Come at the right time, at the right price! The best package to take based on their current promotion is definitely the 9pm to 6am (next day) promotion at $60. This is 9 hours at $60 which amounts to $6.70 hourly (cheaper than prawning!). Gills allows you to "keep the hours" and requires that you top up a minimum of 1 hour ($30) when you want to redeem your remaining hours. The best time to fish would of course be the timings where they release fish. It's a pretty small, contained pond so not much retained fish from previous releases will linger for long. Here's a quick guide on how to utilise* the hours for the 9pm to 6am promotion. Total hours: 11, Total spend: $120 (additional 2 hours x $30) 1st trip: 9pm to 1am (total 4 hours utilised); 10pm and 12am fish release 2nd trip: 9pm to 1am (total 3 hours utilise + 1 hour top up); 10pm and 12am fish release 3rd trip: 10pm to 1am (total 2 hours utilise + 1 hour top up); 10pm and 12am fish release Of cours

Bring Kids Fishing!

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Hi all my beloved readers, Thank you very much for you past and present support in following my social media and blog posts. It has been more than 10 years since my first blog post and the way that people share fishing stories has changed drastically. The community has seen fishing forum adoption, Facebook pages and closed groups. After a long thought, I've decided to also evolve the way I engage with you guys. I mean, all you need to do now is to Google and you can get all the answers you need about fishing (except secret fishing spots in Singapore of course!). I'm currently still selling madais, tenyas and metal jigs in my little online shop but what's going to be changing is that I'm going firmly into a cause that I strongly believe in - to bring kids fishing. This is something that I feel is lacking in the world we live in these days where parents do not teach their kids healthy activities. Instead, kids are always glued to their computer screens. This is a pi

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

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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 a

Southern Island Bottom and Pelagic Fishing in Singapore with Sam Law

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This is just a short blog post that that those of you who want to go to Singapore southern island fishing or Tuas fishing can take note of this fishing charter captain Sam. Sam is capable of bringing you to the most scariest bottom fishing spots where monsters live in. See this? But on the other hand, he is also capable of bringing you for the pelagics on the light jig or aji. See this. Got tengerri some more!   And most of the time, he doesn't leave us disappointed! Here's the last two trips of 2017 round-up of our (and kakis) trips with Sam yielded good, quality fishes with quantity as well. Got picture got talk!           Give him a call at 91270087 to book his boat now. Don't say we bo jio. Note that he is chinese and malay speaking.

Trolling and luring in Singapore with Fishing Captain Jimmy Lim from Marina Country Club

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Beautiful Hybrid on trolling lure! Trolling for fish is something we seldom do in Singapore because of the water visibility here. The fish to water ratio is also pretty bad and this means trolling is probably not the most effective method. This was all until I met Jimmy Lim - the charter captain from Punggol who would do trolling even in Changi and Pulau Ubin areas! As this was a largely trolling trip, we trolled some breakers off punggol and changi and were rewarded by some decent sized gaos. It was quite a productive time as we landed a few pieces in a short span of time. Not bad at all. The lure that scored the gaos was the Reef Runner 700 series Rip Stick. One of my favourite all time trolling lures. Of course, being the flamboyant beef lovers that we were, we couldn't resist bringing the lotus grill on-board the boat and having a good meal of steak, sausages and whipped potato. And yeah, while we cooked the steak, some groupers and barramundis decided to visit. We ch

Gills Fishing Pond (Singapore) at Punggol Marina Country Club

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Gills fishing pond also known as defunct swimming pool pond I seldom visit fishing payponds in Singapore. The fishes are smelly, the rates are expensive and very often, it is crowded. Fishing can get really predictable too which really kills the joy of getting a surprise catch. So, be very surprised that I am blogging about a fairly new fishing pond - Gill's fishing pond. The pond is located inside Punggol Marina (Marina Country Club) and is built on swimming pool foundation! I always scoffed at the pond as I came back from fishing with Jimmy. How could someone enjoy fishing here - the pond was shallow and the high up build meant that the pond level was at about your waist level. This makes fishing rather awkward. I scoffed and scoffed until one fine day, our bunch of kakis had not much choice but to go there for a gathering and do some fishing. Then, I realised that Gills fishing did some things differently - they would release threadfin salmons (ngor soon), coral trouts

10 tested and proven food items to go with your Lotus Grill!

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Well firstly, I have to make some declarations. This entry is neither a fishing post nor it is a sponsored post (but Lotus Grill, if you’re reading this, I really wouldn’t mind free charcoal). What I have written is really just an honest tip on having a simple indoor smokeless barbeque (BBQ) in your HDB flat in Singapore. And yes, it really is smokeless and it's not a gimmick to get you to buy. There is some complicated science theory on why it is smokeless but I simply attribute it to the type of charcoal and the way the grill is designed (oil/food doesn't drip onto the charcoal). I am talking about the Lotus Grill and if you are thinking to get it, I’d always suggest getting only the original product - You can get it at Tangs or Robisons. Why? I know there are lots of made in China imitations but why would you want to take a risk with something that could potentially burn down your house or your branded bags? Ok so once you buy the grill and read all the instructions, yo

3 Quick thoughts on the Social Credit Rating System (from Singapore)

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I thought that it was rather bold of China to launch a Social Credit System to rate its citizens. The idea, although a simple one does contain many cans of worms but yet I tend to be an optimist so I was rather thrilled at the applications. The article mentions that the system will affect people in these ways: Slower internet speeds Restricted access to restaurants, nightclubs or golf courses Removal of the right to travel freely abroad Low scores can influence rental and loan applications, employment opportunities especially in the civil service, journalism and legal fields. Restrictions to enrolling themselves or children in high-paying private schools This list is most likely not exhaustive. China's people have already proven itself competent when it comes to creativity and problem solving (enter WeChat, Alibaba and so on) so I'm pretty sure they will have more applications up their sleeves. I mean, just look at the list of five things up there and tell me

Sampan fishing trips with Jeff Tsen in Sembawang, Singapore (2017 update)

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"Huh, you mean on sampan fishing trips, we can spin live prawns like how we do in fishing pay ponds in Singapore?" That was the pivotal question that we asked ourselves before we went to board the sampan. I've went for sampan fishing with Jeff before and it was quite a good experience in urban Singapore (where every sort of lobang and fishing spot is now fenced up...). The instructions were simple: Light rod 5ft, size 1000 sized reel. Leader line of 30lbs, hooks size 1/0. No need for split shots. One might expect pay pond sized fishes when looking at the tackle requirement but no… after a few trips, we had a few decent sized fish. We met with the wild magnificent mangrove jack (ang ka tia), wild barramundis, wild groupers, some tarpon and even herring. What are some tips if you are going sampan fishing with Jeff? The one tip that I know will work is hard work. Some nights, the fishes are just elusive and don’t want to move their mouth. You have to keep searching

Baktao fish ball making project: 5 kinds of fish and their characteristics [Failed Attempt]

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I have always been very curious about making fish balls. Being a fan of handmade fish balls, I often wondered what it was like to make your fish balls from scratch. As I googled different fish ball making recipes, it seemed that making fish balls weren't that complicated. It was just a little flour, salt and water. I was wrong. I thought that I was easy but the fish balls failed miserably, and they didn't turn out like they were supposed to. In hindsight, I was probably a little too ambitious. I had freshly caught ebek (diamond trevally), grouper, kaci (sweet lips), barracuda, eng ko (parrot fish) set aside for this project and by the end of the day, I was exhausted with too much meat to work with. The fish balls weren't springy enough due to not enough slamming as I underestimated the manual labour needed. It would certainly help if you had a food mixer or a horde of workers to help you throw the fish balls against the chopping boards! Still, not all was in vain, and