Monday, July 20, 2015

Prawning for Yabbies at Orto, Bottle Tree Park

"It just isn't productive anymore"

I came from an era where prawning produces very large prawns and each person would get around 30-50 prawns for every 3 hours of prawning even though they may be beginners at prawning. The prawning costs are usually 3hrs - $30 and it was a whole lot of fun. After some sporadic prawning trips to Jurong Haibin and Orto, Bottle Tree Park, I somehow feel that prawning isn't productive anymore and the trend seems to be dying off.

So if you were into prawning last time and going to visit a prawning pond soon, do lower your expectations.

Orto - Bottle Tree Park  

Orto at Bottle Tree Park came across as a very experienced prawning operations setup in the ever popular Bottle Tree Park at Khatib. Bottle Tree Park is also where Fishing Paradise is operating. At first glance, you could see space maximization, efficient operation setup and impressive use of technology to ease operations. Rods were tagged using bar codes, there was NETs available and even fixed prawn release timings. I was quite impressed by the whole setup. Orto had a "members" package at 10hrs for $108 and it was a no brainer to take that package since you can divide the 10hrs into many rods if you're going with a friend.

Orto prawning pond also featured electric grills so no messy charcoal was needed if you wanted to grill your prawns. Neat!

 

Prawning for Yabbies

 

Look at those claws!

Yabbies are usually tastier and bigger
Prawning for the usual prawns got very boring but Orto had freshwater Yabbies in some ponds designated as "Yabby Ponds". Yabbies are tougher to catch as they have very tough shells to pierce and they are also heavier in weight. Once you hook onto a yabby, you'll have to fight it very carefully. Yabby claws are also much more lethal than prawns so handle them carefully.

I somehow find Yabby ponds very good for teaching newbies the basics... This is because Yabbies are heavier and when they get on the bait, it is extremely obvious. They also grab the bait better and don't let go often. You can then teach newbies how to set the hook firmly. You'll need to strike hard for Yabbies for the hooks to go in deep but after you get the hang of it, it's very easy.

Looks very tasty and it is!
Cajun spices for the win
Electric Grill
Oh yes, Yabbies are also more tasty then the usual freshwater prawns and I highly recommend a blend of Cajun spices to accompany your prawns!

Friday, July 17, 2015

11 reasons to go fishing with Jimmy Lim!

I seriously miss fishing with Jimmy but it's open season and that usually mean's we're fishing further out from Singapore. Most anglers in Singapore would be fishing in Malaysia fishing areas like Rompin or Pekan. As I look through my fishing photos with Jimmy, I realize what a guy he has been and what a joy it is fishing with him. Here's 11 reasons why you should go fishing with Jimmy. Go ahead, give him a call.

1. He is not a charter captain or a boatman. He is a friend.


We all know that insensitive, uncaring and boring boatman that merely drives the boat and brings us out fishing. At the end of the trip, we no longer keep in touch and we forget about each other unless we have to go fishing. Jimmy isn't like that. We meet up for supper on other days, we talk about life during our fishing trips and age is no problem (I'm 26 and he's 60 but we still have fun).

2. Most multi-talented charter captain in Singapore


Jimmy is no stranger to a variety of fishing techniques. He does fly fishing, kayak fishing and he even goes scuba diving. With someone like that, you're bound to get fish.

3. Visionary human fish finder


Jimmy has a sixth sense for locating fish and he knows where the fish are at. Fishing kakis are seldom disappointed and even if the fish aren't biting, Jimmy's a pretty funny guy.

4. He gives haircuts on his boat (sometimes)


I remember I was joking about having a haircut on his boat. Well, he made it happen. Check out this post for the evidence.

5. He is an avid fan of micro jigging


It's quite common to find micro jigging being popular in the Southern Islands and it's fairly easy to get a hookup. That's the opposite for Changi where fishing spots aren't that productive for jigging. Still, Jimmy braves the odds and regularly produces catches on micro jig. You got to admire that.

6. Highly kissable


He is a super sporty captain and won't mind kissing anyone (or anything)

7. Hot body charter captain


He is extremely macho and fit even though not very young. Ladies, he'll steal your hearts.

8. Always catching fish


If you caught nothing, you can rely on him to get you some fish for dinner. He rarely disappoints though sometimes he does this.

9. Always going the extra mile


Jimmy is always going the extra mile to give his customers a good time. Sometimes, if there's enough time, he'll stop by the floating restaurant at Pulau Ubin to give customer a memorable end to the fishing day.

10. He is a LEGEND


People don't seem to know that he has been doing this since 20, 30 years ago. Jimmy has so much experience under his belt that he basically is a legend! Here's a picture to prove it.

11. He also gets 'sangoat' while fishing on land


Jimmy joins customers for casual fishing and while he is a fishing legend, he's not immune to getting 'sangoat'.

Baktao-rians

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