Fish @ Aranda (or Fish At Aranda) is located at the Aranda Country Club near Wild Wild Wet in Pasir Ris, and the parent company has another outlet in Bugis, called Fish@Bugis+ where there is an indoor air-conditioned prawning venue (probably the only such venue in Singapore, where you don’t have to inhale second-hand cigarette smoke from fellow prawners). During the most recent ‘fishing’ trip at Aranda, we had a decent harvest, so this blogpost is basically just to record what I learnt from this session.
Just before we commenced fishing, there were two other boys with their mother. Not sure how long they were there fishing, but they caught just 1 fish. And they got the operator to release the fish back into the pond. This usually happens when people catch just a few prawns or fishes and can’t be bothered bringing this small catch home.
I like this ‘ikan puyu’ because they are very lively, very noisy fish which will come right up to the water surface and cause many splashes, especially near the edges of the pond. So you can easily tell, just by observing, the approximate number of fish in the pond.
Before we started, the operator (helpfully) suggested that the fish like bread. But there was no bread among the bait we had brought with us. Just fish, prawn, plus the ‘chicken heart’ provided by the operator.
- Prawns work very well as bait for the ikan puyu. Guppies (halved, not whole) are ok but not as good. Chicken heart cut into very small pieces by the operator works as well but requires much skill as the small pieces get ‘snatched’ away by the fish really quickly. If you’re someone who’s easily distracted, get slightly larger bait like the prawns (which you bring and slice up yourself).
- Watch the float like a hawk. If there’s a ‘bobble’, get ready to ‘catch’ the fish by the second bobble. After the third, it’s likely the fish has gotten away… with your bait.
- Place the bait at the tip of the hook.
- Watch where the fish are (there’ll be splashes aplenty) and place your bait there. Leaving your line, hook and bait in a quiet corner would result in a long, long wait to land a catch.
I’ve never tried using bread as bait so that’s something new for the next time we go fishing! 😀