Sunday, June 5, 2011

My 1st Patin finally!

I caught my very 1st patin yesterday at Kranji Farm Resort fishing pond using a pole fishing method. I The concept very interesting as you only pay $4 for a 5-6 feet rod (without reel) with a 6 pound line and small hook tied to it using bread dough. There is no time restriction so you can stop any time you want and and hook up as many fish you can as long the line don't snap. I paid only $8 in total which I think is a good deal. I wasn't very familiar in the start and exerted too much pressure at the 1st hook up and snapped my line. I gradually understand the tactic by observing the rest that that you should play or move along with the fish and slowly tire it out and bring it up steadily.The rule is you have to do it all by yourself without 2nd party's aid. It is ok if you pass the rod to someone and let him/her bring up the fish. No netting allowed of course.

I was very hopeful when I tied my 2nd line for a 2nd try. My heart freezed when I felt a taut again..I gave a sturdy pull and VOILAH  I got it!! The hook was set and I can see a nice size patin attached. Determined to get it this time, I calm myself and steadily played with it for a while before I had it landed. As I have never handle a patin before, I passed the rod to Mike so he can help me hold the fish by the tail to land it safely.

The one I caught weighs 1.4kg and Mike caught a 1.9kg not long after me. He too snapped twice so both of us spent a good $16 in total. What a gd price:)

There is a restaurant next to the pond and we were told to have our fish prepared there. We waited nearly an hour for the food to serve as the restaurant was crowded during the weekend. The fish was steamed with fried 'cai por' (pickled radish) as recommended by the pond owner and it taste wonderful. I am not a fish lover so I didn't eat much as I can detect a slight muddy taste. Mike whipped it out in the end.

Mike's patin

My catch cooked at he restaurant
Mike's curry patin for sunday lunch!

I highly recommend this place if you want a cheap and fast thrill. The only draw back is it is considered far for those staying east area and only 1 type of fish which is patin. But I think it is still worth coming in the end.

Kranji Farm Resort
10 Neo Tiew Lane 2
Singapore 718813

I lost the contact number the pond owner gave me. I will get it later as I am going there to try my luck again in an hour's time. My dad was fascinated as I told him about this place and wish to tag along this time. Wish me luck!!
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