Monday, December 29, 2008

Fishing Trip to Ubin

Date: 27th December, 2008
Place: Pulau Ubin, Singapore. Undisclosed location, overlooking Singapore's Pasir Ris.

Fishing is Good!

It all started last Friday night after a movie with Andrew and Keat, when I jokingly suggested we spend the whole of Saturday at Ubin, fishing. They both welcomed the idea and before we even realised it, we were on our way to our local supermarket to get the foodstuff needed in the middle of the night.

Went back to Keat's place, stocked our stuff and managed our gears, and by 7am we were heading to the East side of Singapore. It's hard to believe, but it actually is happening. I'm on my first fishing trip in Singapore!

Leaving for MRT station

The train ride to the East most station of Singapore was uneventful, however the adventure truly started as soon as we alighted the station.

According to my official-fishing tour-route navigator, all we need to do is keep a lookout for either any one of this buses- 2, 2A, 29, 59, 109 and one more. Thing is, none of this bus is stationed at this interchange and we found our self switching to Plan B.

Plan B: Not funny anymore.

What's plan B? Plan B is Plan A's alternative plan, in most cases , none. In this case, none also.

Anyway, we asked around and finally found the light when we were told to take bus number 89 there( points at the main road). Literally, seriously.

Inside the bus, we somewhat cracked a joke about my fishing rod compared to this other uncle's fishing gear( which was twice the length and twice the amount). We even considered following him and perhaps he might just lead us to some secret fishing spot in Ubin( that's if he's actually heading there).


We abandoned our plan as soon as he took a different route to the jetty as compared to us, of which we were heading there based on the bus driver's directions.

Fast forward the following events of going to the jetty la and our boat trip la, bla bla bla, we eventually reached Ubin. This being my first time stepping foot here, I'm equally as Kayu as Rahul or Andrew but not Keat. We rented the cheapest shit bicycle for a mere 3 dollars( whole day) and slowly took off to the nearby quarry pond.

Bye Singapore, Hi Ubin

We were there busy snapping pictures and considering our fishing potential at that place plus busy planning our next step, when the same uncle happen to came cycling past us. For a second or two, time stood still as I consider to chase or not to chase. After 1.56 seconds, I opted to chase and the rest is history. This is the absolute changing point.

I tailgated him as he cycled all the way into some isolated corner of the island, and after about 15 short minutes, we reached an open uphill area, where he came down from his bike. I did the same and was greeted almost immediately by him. Goin' fishin?

Barge, Sea and Land

Before we knew it, we had found our self an ally. On normal days, if you go into a forest with 3, and come out with 4, that's NOT good but today was a clear exception to that saying.

He brought us to a ancient rusted barge overlooking Singapore, and we settled there. The time then was 10am and the sun was already shining merciless. I knew there and then, we are up for a long, long day. It's quite like an irony, a mental game, of being surrounded by water but left burning under the cruel sun with no shelter whatsoever.

Having came with a white shirt and a loose jacket, I couldn't afford to drench any with sweat, so I fished the whole day bare body. It's quite cool actually too, except for the scorching heat of course.

Uncle , my Guru

While fishing, I had the chance to get to know the uncle better. He is at his 60 , has a wife and two kids and is a very active person for his age; he has been fishing for over 4o years, and when he's not fishing, he's a tennis trainer, a regular church goer and also cycles and runs on a regular. This is quite the ideal healthy lifestyle I've always admire.

First catch of the day- undersize so it was released.

Hours past and tides came and gone, and so did our catch. Fish were being raised one after another quite consistently throughout the whole day, and come evening, we had almost a dozen fishes. It is considered a very good return already under normal circumstances according to the uncle, and I couldn't agree more myself.

Box Fish( I forgot the real name)

Between us, we had raised 2 Box Fish, 6 Cat fish, 8 tiny Nemo-sized fish, 1 puffer fish and 1 commercial fish. That could have easily been much more had Uncle been more fortunate with the tonnes of misses he had the whole day, including 1 decent sized stingray pulling his line all around.

Of the lot, I'm proud to take claim of all the above fishes minus the two box fishes, lots of thanks to his experience and advice:)

We finally called it a day and went back at 5pm, and the Uncle also (insisted to) treat us all for a bowl of Changi Village Ice Kacang out of his sincerity for making his day colourful:).

More pictures of us fishing-

Our lunchbox

Somehow this picture feels like we are some up-to-no-good drug traffickers, maybe a little Mas Selamat too.

Rusted Barge

Transferring of knowledge


Andrew made a note-in-a-bottle with his house address, Keat's handphone number and my blog address in it.
And throws it into the sea.
Fishing with style

Fishing in progress

Puffer Fish( dangerous)

My last catch of the day, a freakin commercial fish! Eventhough it's small in size, it gave the strongest fight.

SUPER SHAGGED Jordan with Pro Uncle. Is that me of the future?

I'm so grateful the day turned out to be this way, not only have I accomplished on of my personal aims today, I've also finally found a pro fishing kaki whom I can learn the art of fishing from. It's just the day like in your sweetest of dreams , only it's mine and it's not a dream.

I foresee myself going back there again in the future for more fishing fun.

Anyone interested in joining, just contact me via email thanks.

Lastly, Happy New Year all! Welcome, 2009!


Harmony said...

Happy new year,

I always have bad luck in fishing, whether its prawns or fishes. :(

- i.r.v.i.n.e - said...

wow fishing i love ^^

however did not try catching puffer fish b4. lolz. must be damn easy to pull in that small one

Karen said...

wow fishing i love ^^ however did not try catching puffer fish b4. lolz. must be damn easy to pull in that small one

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