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eizuddin - Oct 30 2014 06:45 AM
Pasir Ris Fishing Pond
Being a salt-water pond, common species of fishes that are being caught by anglers here include the snapper, grouper, sea bass, and various other fishes. We went down to the pond last weekend to try our luck and to see if the pond lived up to its hype and we were not disappointed. Even though it was drizzling slightly, there were still plenty of anglers around. Doing a quick count, we identified almost 40 anglers at all spots of the pond and many of them already had bags full of fishes.
The convenient bait shop which was located right next to the pond made it easy for us to get our bait and we got right down to fishing. Just in case you were wondering how the whole system worked at PRMP, all you have to do is to set up your tackle and start fishing away. This malay uncle who was making his rounds came up to us and collected the fees required for the pond. He then placed a tag on our rods to identify us as having paid and he was on his merry way. When asked how long we could fish for, he simply replied, "until you give up". Of course, within reason, we took it to meant that we could fish as long as we wanted that day and not camp there until we emptied the pond of its fishes!
With our rods set up, we went around the area to try and better understand the layout of fishing amenities at Pasir Ris Town Park. We'll let the pictures do the talking..
Overview of the main pond
Fishing rates for the main pond
Bait shop located conveniently right next to the anglers
The keep-nets where the fishes are kept
Showing just half of the pond
Better view of the keep-nets. There were an unusually high number of anglers crowded around this area, could this be where most of the fishes are hiding?
No shortage of on-lookers
Prawning section for those who need a break from fishing
Overview of the fishing pond from the prawning section
Fresh AND salt-water prawning.. Doesn't get any better than this!
Charges shown here for the various types of fishing available
Overview of the "pro" pond
Similar to the main pond, a lot of anglers crowding around the keep-nets
Plenty of snacks if you get hungry!
There are even several stalls selling food
No 5-star toilets here.. Just these potable ones
Lastly, 2000 Tackle shop is located right next to the pond as well in case you ever need anything!
Finally after a lot of picture taking and sorts, we made our way back to our spot (around the keep-nets) and continued fishing. Although anglers around us were landing fish after fish, we weren't so lucky that day. All we managed to get was a red snapper after about 2 hours. One thing to note when fishing at PRMP is that there are PLENTY of small fishes in the pond which isn't easy to hook up and even if you did, you'd probably just throw them back in. However, these little fishes will nibble at your bait non-stop and what was once a live prawn will be gone in about 2 minutes. Some anglers counter this by using dead fish meat which seem to deter the little ones a bit. Common bait used at this pond include live prawns, tilapias, dead fish meat, lures, but of course, what works for one person might not work for another!
Overall, we felt that the pond was very condusive for fishing and with more practice and knowledge of the pond, we're pretty sure we'll do better the next time we're there!
Pasir Ris Fishing Pond (Main & Pro)