Showing posts from July, 2019

Tips for light jigging at Changi waters: Golden Snapper frenzy with Changi Ah Fong

Very contented with nice size snappers! We released 3 to 4 pieces of smaller snapper and groupers. We also lost quite a few! Jigging for golden snapper in a frenzy was always the stuff of dreams for me. I watched too many Australian fishing shows where they jig the snappers just use soft plastics and it was always awesome. I was very blessed to experience this (locally some more!) recently although we were using light jigs (kurau jigs). Changi Ah Fong simply knows how to target them and he was top notch. The snappers were feeding aggressively that morning taking our jigs at the bottom and even all the way up to mid water! The takes were very hard, fight was tough and we even lost a few of them. Heck, David even managed a good 8lb barramundi in the morning! Some photos from our catches: David was the first to score a good snapper! Before that, he did this barramundi on kurau jig thing. Ah Fong teaching us how its done on bait Greedy gao on red mouse madai.

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 wi

Again having super meaty flower crabs from B&B Fishery Services!

Why are crabs so tasty and delicious? Why are flower crabs so delicious? I had another go at B&B Fishery Service's extra large and meaty flower crabs and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, this round was even better as ALL the crabs were meaty and of consistent quality. Remember I told them that were was one slightly water crab ? Seems like they took my feedback seriously and made sure quality was 100% good. The current batch of crabs (I'm told) are live crabs and delivered fresh right after harvest so there's no soaking in ice or transferring to markets to try and get them sold. This ensures that the crabs are as fresh as they can be and anyone who knows their crabs know that the meat quality deteriorates very quickly. In fact, once the crabs die, the deterioration process begins! Kudos to B&B for taking care of this very delicate but important challenge. Okay I talk too much. Here are the photos that I took! Recipe was just simple hua tiao wine, salt and

Fishing with Ah Fong (Pong), one of the best Changi fishing bumboat captain

Dad caught the first fish. Quite a huge kaci! Remember my article on how the Changi “bumboat fishing boatmen” are the last of their kind? I had a request from my dad the other day that he would like to try fishing on the bumboat again and I knew I just had to book a trip with Ah Fong, who is considered one of the best in the businesses. I fished with Ah Fong many years ago and he rarely disappointed. My dad’s friends wanted to join in too and it was a good reunion of sorts for my dad and his friends (they are all army regulars who have now retired). It was really cool that Ah Fong now accepts booking through WhatsApp and it was rather shocking that the price for booking the boat is still a very modest $450. I remember it being $450 years ago! Ah Fong’s contact: +65 9784 7166 Anyway, back to the fishing catch report. It was an extremely windy day so conditions were very challenging. In fact it was so rocky that I had to sit throughout the trip! Thankfully, nobody got seasick

How much does it cost to go fishing in Singapore?

The simplest questions asked are often the ones people ask all the time. Throughout my life, questions such as “where do you go fishing” or “Singapore got fish meh?” are often very common conversation starters. So I wondered out of curiosity how much really do we anglers or fishermen spend on our hobby. The result? I put together a very simple list below that doesn’t really conclude anything but if you have friends asking you about fishing costs (because they really don’t know or because they want to pick up fishing) then please show them this blog post. Fishing cost in Singapore is generally split up into equipment and trip cost since there are no local licenses that we need to purchase. Note that costs are in SGD and these costs are written from a Singaporean slant. Equipment cost Equipment cost refers to the fishing rods, reels, lines, hooks, sinkers, lures and accessories that one will need to buy when fishing. Costs are also very subjective here since there is a wide range of e