11 Things You Should Know About Singapore Saltwater Fishing

Fishing can be a great activity where you learn several skills. Below are a list of 11 essentials that every angler needs to know when packing up your gear and heading towards the water. 

    1. Know What Fish You Want to Catch

    Coral TroutA Coral Trout caught using Zerek Chilli Padi Tungsten jig

    Once you know what fish you plan to catch, you can then build your fishing gear around that fish. Scientifically, fish can be divided into three types: bony, jawless, and cartilaginous. Bony fishes are about 95 percent of all fish species and have a bony endoskeleton. Jawless fishes are scaleless fishes that feed through scraping or sucking. Cartilaginous fish have jaws and skeletons made of cartilage.

    Most of the fish can be either found at the bottom or surface of the ocean.

    • Pelagic fish are those that live near the water's surface rather than on the bottom. Common Pelagic fish in Singapore includes Mackerel, Queen Fish, Barracuda.

    • Bottom Fish are fish that stays near the bottom seabed. Examples of bottom feeding fish are flatfish (halibut, flounder, plaice, sole), eels, cod, haddock, bass, grouper, carp, bream (snapper) and some species of catfish and shark.

    2. The 4 Main Saltwater Fishing Techniques
    That Will Land You a Fish!

    Bait fishing is one of the most easiest way to fish. You catch something small, put it on the end of your line, and try to catch something bigger. The 4 common fishing techniques used by anglers in Singapore saltwater fishing are;

    • Bottom fishing (targets Bottom Fish). You can either do bottom fishing from a boat or Jetty using a live or dead bait. 
    • Light jigging (targets Pelagic Fish)

    • Shore-casting (Targets Bottom Fish). Shorecasting allows you to cast far out into the openseas from shore. The 3pc rods are normally 2m and above.

    • Pelagic Rigs (Targets Pelagic fish from Jetty). These are specially tied rigs that floats on water to target pelagic fish. 

        3. Checklist to Bring For Your Fishing Trip

        What to carry in Your Tackle Box

        Check this page for our complete checklist of everything you need to bring along for your fishing trip.


          4. Choosing The Best Fishing Rod & Gear!
          Fishing Rods, Fishing Reels & Accessories.

          Unfortunately, there is never a one gear that fits all type of fishing. The types of fishing tackle e.g Fishing Rods, Reels, even fishing lines and hooks used for saltwater fishing differ based on the species and the specific fishing techniques that you plan to use. 

          Be sure to check out the product specifications of the rod & reel so that it it suitable for saltwater fishing and the type of fish you want to catch. We have a list of recommendations in the next section. Generally;

          • Jigging Rod and Jigging Reels
          • Bottom Fishing (Baiting Rods)
          • Tenya Fishing
          • Egi Rod (To catch Squids, Octopus etc) 
          • Jetty Rods
          • Surfcasting Rods (Fishing from the Shore)

          Read More About Types of Fishing Rods here

          5. Fish Loves Live Juicy Baits!

          Live baits, such as live prawn or squid (sotong) or even live fish, offer you the best opportunity for consistent action. Since live baits are expensive and do not last long, it is best to bring a fishing bucket and an Air-pump to store your live baits. The longer your bait stays alive, the better your catch rate will be. 

          If you cannot get live bait, you can try dead baits. Dead prawns or dead squids is a good alternative to live bait. 

          Artificial lures are also a good alternative. Many lures have little tricks that they perform, including vibrations and noises that attract the fish. Most good live plastic live baits will mimic that of a live bait. 


          6. Fishes Have Feeding Time & Water Currents Effects Their Appetite.

          Fishes can be choosy and may not always take your bait. So be patient. They too have their feeding time and do not lose focus when it is time for them to feed. Some fishes are hunters and loves a good chase, especially pelagic fishes. 

          Fishes feed at different times on different days depending on the tide and current. As an angler, it is important to understand how to read a tide that has a strong current flow.

          Lets look at this example

          When looking at a tide chart, if it says 7am from 0.2m to 2.7, at 2pm, this means there is an incoming tide at 7am and the high tide is at 2pm. In this case the difference between 0.2m and 2.7m is big, this means the current will be strong from 7am to 2pm. If its says 7am from 1.4m to 2m at 2pm, the difference is small and this means the current flow is slow. 

          7. Fish from a Jetty to Gain Experience.

          Fishing from Jetty

          Jetty Fishing also gives you time to get used with inshore saltwater fishing gear, rigging baits, and landing fish properly.

          There is nothing embarrassing if you are fishing from Jetty. In fact Jetty fishing is a great place to gain experience and meet new anglers. Just be friendly and ask around. Before long, you will have a long list of angling friends. Anglers are always happy to share their experiences. Afterall, when you are not landing a fish, someone else could be and you can pick a tip or two by watching them land the fish.

          We’ve hunted down the Best locations for Saltwater Fishing in Singapore & the types of fish to catch for you. 

          8. Offshore Fishing Is Fun But It Has Bad Days too!

          Offshore Fishing

          Offshore fishing Singapore is a favorite fishing activity for many anglers. While the catches can be exciting (especially when you see those facebook pages), there are times when you will get miserable catches (and no boat captain is going to talk about them until when you are on the boat). That is part of an anglers life. As the saying goes, sometimes you win and sometimes the fish win. 

          Singapore has many islet located strategically between Straits of Malacca and South China Sea with about 120 miles coastline. There are 3 common offshore fishing spots in Singapore:

          • Tuas Fishing (Boat Normally Leaves from Marina). The stretch is long and narrow but during season time, you can land some great catches here. 

          • Changi & Punggol Fishing (Boat Normally Leaves from Punggol Marina). The North Eastern part of Singapore is filled with man types of fishes. 

          • Southern Islands. 

          You can charter a boat from $750 for a day. We recommend Grupango Fishing Charters. The Boat can take easily 8 pax and comes with Captain Iskander and his Deck. What we like about Grupango is that Captain Iskander does all the help since he has someone driving the boat. He will also do live events and provide tips of landing your fish.


            9. Island Fishing in Singapore

            Islands You can Fish in Singapore

            Singapore is made up of 63 offshore islands but only 5 islands is available for land fishing. They are;

            • Pulau Ubin
            • St John's Island
            • Lazarus Island
            • Pulau Hantu
            • Kusu Island

            Most of the Island Fishing requires you to take a bumboat, ferry or private charter except Ubin, which you can kayak your way up. 

            Read More about the 5 Islands You can Fish in Singapore


            10. Learn to tie the 3 Basics of Fishing knots.

            The last thing you want to do is lose your prized catches. To avoid that, learn to tie the 3 basic knots; The Uni Knot, FG Knot & Albright Knot. These knots are crucial in fishing career.
            Here's a step-by-step video on how to tie the 3 basic knots.


            11. Learn to Spot & Avoid The Dangerous Fish

            Stone Fish

            There are about 10 Dangerous fish in Singapore. Two of them, the stonefish & puffer fish can be extremely lethal. Learn to spot them and get help if you have been stung or bitten by them. Remember to wear fishing gloves and use a Boga when handling live fish. When entering unknown waters, wear shoes. 

            10 Most Dangerous Fish in Singapore


            There we have it!
            11 Things You Must Know About Saltwater Fishing.

            In essence, Fishing is a sport that requires knowledge, skill, and physical ability. Without these, catching a fish can be intimidating and frustrating. But with the right knowledge and guidance, fishing can be one of the simplest and fun outdoor hobbies to pick up.  

            It’s always best to talk to a real person about where to fish, as they likely have the most current and comprehensive information about local water. 

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