Wednesday, December 13, 2017

How to maximise your fishing package at Gills Fishing Pond?

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 course, you can spend 9 hours at the pond straight but if not, one has to buy a minimum of 1 additional hour at $30 to utilise the remaining hours. If you break up your hours like the above example, that will mean you spend $120 in total and secure 6 net release opportunities.

This means that to break even, you will need to land a total of 8 fishes for all 3 sessions (About 2 fish per session which isn't difficult since each session has 2 net releases). Factor in that each piece is probably 1kg and each live fish cost price is at $15/kg estimated (this is the usual snapper, barramundi etc.) Gaos are are worth more and a live hybrid probably weighs in at $20-$30/kg estimated from the farm.
  • 8 fishes x $15 = $120 (you have broke even)
  • 10 fishes x $15 = $150 (you're definitely getting your money back) 
*Utilise within 2 weeks. Multiple visits are ok.

This post is created with information referenced from as of 12 Dec 2017. Gills Fishing terms and conditions might have changed at the time that you are reading this so do head on to their page to get the most updated rates.

Past CR at Gills Fishing 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bring Kids Fishing!

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 pity as fishing is a tradition that has been a way of life for our forefathers and is a healthy hobby that can bring the family together.

At Bring Kids Fishing, I hope to equip parents with basic fishing knowledge (so that they can bring their kids fishing!) or if parents have no time, we'll teach the kids and they can bring their parents fishing!

Currently, I attend to parents on a case to case basis on their fishing related needs. If required, I can conduct fishing lessons, fishing tackle lessons and bring you fishing. The services I provide are meant to be affordable and it makes me happy if customers don't come back to me after a few trips. This means they have graduated!

At the moment, I'm running interest checks for a pilot run of 'Bringing your kid for swa jiam fishing'. If you're interested in this pilot run, kindly contact me using the form found here or you can send me an email at

Let's go fishing!

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.

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 or call 97428579 Jeff Tsen.

Southern Island Bottom and Pelagic Fishing in Singapore with Sam Law

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

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 chided Jimmy for not telling us earlier that this was possible.

To book Jimmy, you can visit his page at and drop him an enquiry. He operates from Marina Country Club and fishes the Punggol, Pulau Ubin, Seletar, Yishun, Changi, Tekong areas. Micro jigging, jigging, luring, trolling, baiting all possible from his boat.

Catch Report Pictures:

Gills Fishing Pond (Singapore) at Punggol Marina Country Club

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 (ang gao), stingrays, sharks, GTs, baby boon nang and all sorts of things from the sea that their supplier would find. This made fishing less predictable and exciting I suppose so it made me fairly excited.

Three other things surprised me during my time fishing there.

1. The pond is a regular size and the pumps are positioned with care. This meant excellent distribution and current flow. When fishes are released, the fishes would spread around the pond evenly. Yes, in other words, you don't need to crowd around the net release area to get a fish. You can just cast about anywhere!

2. The fishes that we got and cooked were very tasty and had no fishy smell! Our group of kakis steamed the mangrove jack, ang chor and ngor soon. All were excellent eating and didn't have the "pond smell. Meat texture was also firm and excellent.

3. These people understood fishing. When you buy hours, there is an option of extending or retaining your hours. They also have a promise of the angler being able to get a minimum of one fish. If you don't you are free to fish until you get one. This is very important for newbies because newbies can really zero out sometimes! Good thinking Gills.

Anyway, this was my one and only catch there...
I even bled my own fish in my own icebox!
Two rods. 9pm to 5am.
Keen to try Gills? Head down to Gills at the below address:

11 Northshore Drive Singapore 828670, Marina Country Club.
Contact number: 9121 7577
24 hours operation

4hrs - S$60/-
6hrs - S$80/-
6am to 12nn (6hrs) - S$60/- (Promo)
6pm to 12mn (6hrs) - S$60/-
9pm to 6am (9hrs) - S$60/-
9pm to 12nn (15hrs) - S$100/- (Promo)