Prawning and Fishing in Singapore

Skyline of Singapore (Taken from Wikipedia)

When you look back at Singapore’s history, this metropolis was once a humble  village where fishing was very much the primary economic sustenance of the people. Nearly two centuries later, although Singapore no longer relies on fishing as a main economic input, fishing still remains popular as a sport and hobby. That being said, Singapore has rather tough regulations on fishing in open waters therefore over the years, several commercial pay ponds opened up to make up for the diminishing outdoor fishing spots. These pools range from shallow water tanks under shelters, to large inland lagoons complete with imported big game fishes from other countries.

The most well-known pay pond fishing in Singapore would be at Bottle Tree Park, a large commercial village-styled park, complete with 3 smaller family fishing ponds and a lagoon for big game fishing. Located next to Yishun Stadium, Bottle Tree Park is a 25 minute drive away from Capri by Fraser, Changi City and also one of the more convenient and hassle-free place to fish in Singapore. Besides offering equipment rental, the wide variety of fishes and prawns available make the place suitable for beginners and experienced anglers alike. On a good day, you might see some anglers reeling in huge Amazonian fish or Mekong catfish, weighing up to 20 kilograms! So if your schedule frees up and you fancy doing a spot of fishing, simply hop onto a taxi and you can be there in less than 30 minutes!

Prawn fishing, or prawning, is a simpler and more beginner-friendly alternative that you can try out if you have an afternoon to spare during the weekends. A number of smaller places in Singapore offer commercial prawning. Capri by Fraser happens to be just a 15 minute drive away from two local favourite prawning spots:

Punggol Prawn Fishing Village: Exit from Tampinese Expressway (TPE) Exit 9 into Punggol Road and turn left into Punggol Avenue 17. To add to the excitement of prawning, this particular village randomly tags their prawns with coloured tags that allow you to win cash vouchers and other attractive prizes!

East Coast Prawning: Located at the “midpoint” of East Coast Park, just off Carpark C4 and the East Coast Tennis Center, East Coast Prawning’s good location makes it ideal for spending an afternoon prawning, then heading over to one of the nearby restaurants for dinner.

These places usually charge between $13 to $15 an hour, inclusive of a basic rod, line, bait, float and hook. Everything you catch is yours to keep, so to make sure you get your money’s worth, we made this handy guide!

Tips and Tricks
– Adjust the float and line to make sure your bait sits just 1 inch above the bottom of the pool
– Change your bait every 10 minutes because it gets stale fairly quickly
– Observe your bait or float: When the float sinks, a prawn is probably grabbing it with its claws. Wait for a few seconds to bite, then firmly lift it up.
– Check with operator prawn setup, for deep areas of the pool, or places where they have bubbles to keep the water aerated.

Handling Your Bait:
– Live worms marinated in salt are the best, because the worms will wriggle more and attract the prawns
– If you’re afraid of the worms, cockles or chicken organs work, but make sure you don’t sit next to someone using live worms!
– Use a tiny portion, that’s just about half the size of the fingernail of your pinky finger.
– If you’re not using live bait, gently tug it in a random direction every once in a while to make it appear like live bait

The easiest and quickest way to get to Punggol Prawn Fishing Village and East Coast Prawning is to get a taxi from Capri by Fraser. Changi City. Approach any member of our staff and have them arrange a taxi booking for you. Alternatively if you wish to make your way there using public transport, you can find out which buses/train to take using Google Maps.

Capri by Fraser, Changi City is located at, 3 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486037.

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