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When you run out of fishing ground?

Swimming pool fishing...

The characters in Swimming Pool fishing are fictional ..any resemblance to any person dead, alive or dying is purely coincidental.

SABIKI Rig for Bait fish jiggin'

I've evaluated two brands of sabiki and tried them out at BJT. It's obvious who is the better one.

Series of photos with a touch of art...

Here are a series of pictures I took in an arty angle.

These are two little fish I caught. The scropion fish (Family Scorpaenidae) hit my line 4 times in a row! The first image shows (Leiognathus splendens), common name: Slipmouths, Ponyfishes and Slimys.
Sold fresh at market. Small, sedentary fish, shoals in shallow coastal water. Feeds on invertebrates. Elongate oval compressed body with naked, bony ridges to dorsum of head. Conspicuous concave lower jaw profile produces pointed snout. Terminal mouth protractile and maxilla absent from external edge of mouth. Eyes relatively large. High lateral line closely concurrent to dorsum profile. Extended spinous front dorsal almost continuous to soft-rayed portion.

On the left that's another fish i got obviously CNR. Note how the baits were rigged.

BJT (Bedok Jetty) from another angle.

Gone Fishin's Podcast 001 - Lure Fishing

Ah Chiang's Porridge

This morning we had our usual breakfast .. Ah Chiang's Porridge.It's a popular Cantonese styled rice porridge with raw sliced fish - Sashimi Ala Cantonese.The fish used to make this raw-fish salad is Chirocentrus dorab otherwise known as Wolf-Herring or Ikan Parang here locally.

The fish is served sliced really thin due to the fact that they have really tiny bones which ran longitudinally down the length of the fish and it was really difficult to remove them. So by cutting it really thin, you only get a small mm pieces of bone which won't do too much damage.It's served fresh with sesame oil dressing, ginger and lots of red chilies.

Wolf Herrings occurs inshore, including brackish waters. They are voracious predators of small schooling fishes, e.g., herrings and anchovies.Feeds mainly on small fishes, but perhaps also crustaceans. Marketed fresh, frozen or dried and salted.

I'm Gonna Miss Her

Today I came across this song by Brad Paisley aptly used as the blog theme song by Pearl of SPanglers... I'd say anglers sure will love this song!

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I'm Gonna Miss Her
Brad Paisley(Brad Paisley/Frank Rogers)

Well I love herBut I love to fish
I spend all day out on this lake
And hell is all I catch
Today she met me at the door
Said I would have to choose
If I hit that fishin' hole today
She'd be packin' all her things
And she'd be gone by noon
Well I'm gonna miss her
When I get home
But right now I'm on this lakeshore
And I'm sittin' in the sun
I'm sure it'll hit me
When I walk through that door tonight
That I'm gonna miss her
Oh, lookie there, I've got a bite
Now there's a chance that if I hurry
I could beg her to stay
But that water's right
And the weather's perfect
No tellin' what I might catch today
Well I'm gonna miss her
When I get home
But right now I'm on this lakeshore
And I'm sittin' in the sun
I'm sure it'll hit me
When I walk through that door tonight
That I'm gonna miss her
Oh, lookie there, I've got a bite
Yeah, I'm gonna miss her
Oh, lookie there, I've got a bite


Usually ground-bait or chum used to form a trail to attract fish to you or your bait. Mostly used by trolling anglers or anglers fishing from a boat. However I felt that this shouldn't prevent shore anglers (from piers or jetties) to use this very good innovation...[READ MORE]

Gone Fishing Endorses SP Angling Club

Recruitment exercises have begun for Singapore Polytechnic students who have interest in fishing and angling. Club membership is also open to Ex-SPians.
For more information, please click on the image below.


The long awaited partner site FISHING TIME is up and running with more and more updates!

Fishing is about experimenting…

I’ve noticed many new anglers here in Singapore are taking angling too seriously as a start. No doubt there are a lot of science and techniques behind fishing but I feel we should be more flexible in our angling experience.

For example there are many new anglers trying to gather all the so called “Proven” rigs and try to match what others are using, which is great to get them started, but I think they should not be afraid to try something new for example play with gang hooks, three if you want. Use different lengths and colors of leaders, even change your bait presentation every now and then.

Once again there isn’t any hard and fast rule to fishing and the joy of fishing also comes from the ability to experiment and try something new all the time.

Also the approach to fishing as I see it is not only to aim for the biggest fish ever but to enjoy the process of angling. Even you may leave a trip empty handed (catch wise) but I am sure you have learnt something. So when fishing, think not about when will the hook-up be but look around, pay attention to bites, nature, the environment and learn as much as you can so you can be closer in step to the next successful big fish.
To quote Thomas Fuller : “The end of fishing is not angling, but catching.”

“Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it..." Harry Middleton

Tip of the week

What if you forgot to bring your Boga-Grip along and you got a big one that you are gonna C&R?... would you ever know it's weight?
Even without the help of a scale like Boga we can estimate and calculate the weight and size of the fish using a formula:
L x G Squared / 800
L= Length (inches)
G= Girth (inches)
Will give a the fish's weight in lbs.
If you do not have a measuring tape you could include items like a dollar note or your feet in the photo for subsequent calculations.

Tackle Shops

I was once a newbie too .. so here's a list of tackle shops in singapore for people who needs to get some gears, sinkers, hooks etc... of course live and dead baits. Further information will be available here so do check back often.


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Where to Fish?

Okay the "million dollar question"- where to fish?. Singapore is surrounded by water and I don't think we can run out of spots to fish. The problem is that many anglers lack patience. An overnight fishing trip at a location with nothing but "Ah Sengs" (intimate name given to the very common marine catfish that plague the waters) will send most impatient anglers asking for the reclusive "secret spot". This will be an open source sharing portal - if you know of any spots in Singapore that is not yet listed. Please send me a note (EMAIL) and I shall update the list for sharing. It's in progress at the moment and will be uploaded soon.

Moon Phase Fishing

Choosing The Best Fishing Times There really is nothing complicated about this at all; it's just a matter of knowing ahead of time exactly when the sun and moon will rise and set. Fish are most active during 90-minute windows surrounding each of these four daily events; that's 45 minutes before and after these four daily points. Fishing during these four periods will help increase your fishing catch, but if you plan wisely so as to ensure you're at the water's edge on the days of new or full moon, you can use these 'windows' to reel in a catch like you've never done before.

If you have to choose between sunrise/set and moonrise/set, always go with the moon as the moon is the stronger influence. Hunters have always known that fish and game are most active at dawn and dusk--sunrise and sunset--but their activity surrounding moonrise and moonset is less noticeable because these events are likely to occur without e­ffecting any change in the perceived light. The rise and set of a new moon is invisible anyway, and overcast weather often hides the moon. Without prior knowledge of setting and rising times, two of the best fishing times will be missed every day!


There is an increase in frequency of big fish catches during the peak moon phases of full and new moon. Specifically, a lot more big muskies, walleyes, and bass were taken right on the scheduled calendar day of both the full or new (dark) moon peak, and continued for a three to five day stretch afterwards. In other words, if the full moon peak is on June 10th, June 10 thru 15 have great potential for trophies.

English-Style Fish and Chips [Beer Batter]

Okay finally decided gonna make me an English Style Fish & Chips outta my Queenie sitting in my freezer from last week's BJT catch.

The Queenfish is an under-rated food fish, mainly because they are often caught in conjunction with Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon which are excellent food fish. Like all tropical fish, the quality of Queenfish is improved with immediate bleeding and placing in an ice brine slurry.

Cleaning and Marinating
First the fish was washed clean under running cold water. Using a sharp knife the fish was fillet and skinned.
Queenies have naturally firm and white skin ..skinning it was easy.
Then the two fillets were marinated in ANCHOR Beer, a pinch of salt, black pepper and some white vinegar.

The Hot Stuff
After an hour's marination the fillets were cut into about one and a half inch cubes dipped in batter and fried about about 3 mins each side. (for my batter recipie please see below)

The result...

The end result are chunks of English style fish and chips with beer batter ... absolutely delicious. The meat is tender despite the nature of Queenie's dry flesh possibly due to the beer batter locking all the juices inside....
Note that Photoshopped steam is artists impression for added effect :-)

The secret recipie

5 cups [1.25 L] vegetable oil
1 cup [250 mL] peanut oil
1 cup [140 g] flour
1/4 cup [60 mL] rice flour or cornstarch
1 egg
1 1/4 cups [310 mL] amber ale (Anchor gives best taste)
1 teaspoon [5 mL] salt
1/2 teaspoon [2.5 mL] white pepper

Heat vegetable oil and peanut oil into a Dutch or large, sturdy saucepan at least twice as large as the measure of oil [12-cup / 3-L].
Into a large shallow bowl, whisk together flour and rice flour or cornstarch.
Into a clean bowl, beat together egg, amber ale, salt and white pepper, until smooth.
Slowly whisk egg mixture into flour mixture, until smooth.
Dip fish fillets, one at a time, into batter.
Deep-fry into batches into hot [375°F / 190°C] oil for 4 to 7 minutes, depending on size and thickness of fish.
Do not crowd fish into hot oil, or it will be soggy.
Using a long-handle slotted spoon or tongs, turn fish over as often as needed for an even frying.
Remove when golden brown.
Leave to drain onto paper toweling before serving

Some pre weekday jokes...

Fishing or church
One recent Sunday, a young boy arrived to his Sunday school class late. His teacher knew that the boy was usually very prompt and asked him if anything was wrong.The boy replied no, that he was going to go fishing, but that his dad told him that he needed to go to church instead. The teacher was very impressed and asked the boy if his father had explained to him why it was more important to go to church rather than to go fishing. To which the boy replied, "Yes, ma'am, he did. My dad said that he didn't have enough bait for both of us."

Likes fishing because...
I think the only reason my husband likes to go fishing so much is that it's the only time he hears someone tell him, "Wow, that's a big one!"

Mother to daughter advice
Mother to daughter advice:
Cook a man a fish and you feed him for a day.But teach a man to fish and you get rid of him for the whole weekend.

Fishing rules
Fishing rule #1: The least experienced fisherman always catches the biggest fish.
Fishing rule #2: The worse your line is tangled, the better is the fishing around you.
Fishing rule #3: Fishing will do a lot for a man but it won't make him truthful.

While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting and old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted,"Are there any gators around here?!"
"Naw," the man hollered back, "they ain't been around for years!"
"Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.
About halfway there he asked the guy,"How'd you get rid of the gators?"
"We didn't do nothin'," the beachcomber said.
"The sharks got 'em."


Today went to two legal spots early in the morning.. in short- quick and light half day luring with 0 catch..BUT! with many interesting on to know more...

First - totally nothing exciting at USR .. apart from one tug at my minnow and one other guy fly fishing plus one dude fishing at the illegal breakwater area ..scurrying when rangers came.
Saw a nice cloud formation at USR

Proceeded to Kranji reservoir but was surprised when i saw the water ... so much algae that the entire water body look like one big GREEN TEA lake!

There are signs of Kop Kun Kaps ... and there is a gaping hole in the fence ...

First the water ...then the ecosystems... saw a dead belida ...inspected the fish and looks healthy, no apparent hook marks , couldn't find any injury ... well i would classify this as Unnatural death...

And for those who are familliar with reservoirs I took a snapshot of the reservoir CHERRIES ... well these are in fact apple snail eggs (Pomacea canaliculata).

POPPER UP FOR GRABS! (Up in the trees that is)
Saw this lure snagged up in the branches ... someone must have casted when the wind was strong and the Tree fish took the lure...
It's actually not that high estimate is about 2.5 to 3Metres tops ... anyone with a long gaff can get it.. see who gets it!... if anyone managed to get the let me know and i can post a pic if you have a CR to go along! For those who wanna go get it.. it's right about in front fo lamp post number err...5 or 6....Good luck!

- Gone Fishin's Tip of the week -

Jetty Fishing

When on a jetty, try fanning your casts. Work close to the jetty then further out. If your at the tip of the jetty (12 o’clock) look for water being swept (concentrated) around the tip of it. The fish will always be at the 1 o’clock position if the current is sweeping the bait in the current from left to right. This would be another form of a rip. The jetty forms a point and the current from the shoreline to the tip of the jetty is being compressed around the tip. The bait gets swept along for the ride and the predators will be waiting for an easy meal.

Secret recipe

Belacan, a Malay variety of shrimp paste, is prepared from fresh tiny shrimp of a species known as geragau in Malay. These are mashed into a paste and buried for several months. The fermented shrimp are then dug up, fried and hard-pressed into cakes.

Yes, Belacan .... It has been proven to work - it's a very strong smelling shrimp paste.
Mix belacan paste with sea salt and marinade your prawn (dead) overnight.

Upper Seletar ...and my Lures

Here are some shots I took at Upper Seletar Reservoir (Legal area). Didn't bring my Digi cam hence took these with my camera phone... got nothing this trip but great sunset view...

These are my humble lures as a start. Tested the Yo-Zuri at UPR this evening and it remains a virgin.... There were almost 6-7 Lau's there doing live baiting ..catfish .. and one guy got a 1+ Metre Toman ..
The Storm Shad got for me two PB in Kranji in my earlier post.
Will continue to try the Yo-Zuri minnow because it looks really promising .. swims and shine real good...
Wish me luck!