Prawning Report – Hai Bin Sembawang – 1st Trip
Saturday is finally here! After sorting out some stuff in the morning, I had some time and looked through my list of prawning locations in Singapore to see where I hadn’t hit yet. Hai Bin Sembawang here I come!
With their round ponds, Hai Bin Sembawang is unique in Singapore and a very nice place to while away a few hours indeed.
I had some of the bait and powder that PrawnMart had given to me left from my last trip. I wasn’t sure if it would still be good, but hey, prawns like stinky stuff right? Oh and it was SUPER STINKY.
Remind me to keep this stuff refrigerated next time…
After setting up my gear and paying, I went tossed in my hook and line and started to prepare the bait. Looked up and in less than a minute, the float was already down! This looks like it’s gonna be a super good session!
Darn, missed the strike. Oh well, back to bait preparation… Look up, float’s down again! Darn, missed the strike…
Yep, I missed at least 10 strikes with solid indicators before I even got my first prawn.
Bite rates was insane. I’m not sure if it was because of the super stinky bait, or if it’s normal here. Problem though was that I kept missing strikes.
I missed so many strikes that I wondered if my measurements of the pond’s depth were off. It was that bad…
After re-checking again, the bite rate was still super solid. These weren’t phantom bites, they were for real. Problem was, I still was missing at least 50% of my strikes.
After multiple misses, I decided that it was time for a change. Side-strike, here I come again.
Lagi worst. Side-strike = sangkot.
After snagging my hook into the bottom of the pond a few times, I gave up on the side-strike and went back to top strikes. I’d rather miss my strikes than have my brand new hook and swivel get torn out!
At the start of this session, I could have sworn that this was going to be a record breaker. Literally every single cast I made had a bite within 30 seconds. After 30 minutes, I was wondering if I should go home and take a shower instead. I was still missing more than 50% of my strikes.
Despite all the misses, at the 1st hour mark, I still had 10 prawns. Hmmm… Is this the power of the round pond? More likely than not, it was just that my kungfu isn’t up there yet!
At first, I was sitting there all calm and striking while sitting down. After missing non-stop, I decided to take a more pro-active approach and start standing up and focus on my strikes.
No luck still. I was going up and down like a jack-in-the-box, standing up every single time my float went down, but still missing on the bulk of my strikes.
Nice thing about Hai Bin Sembawang, they have these nifty metal forks for you to rest your rod on. These things are awesome. I wish more places had these rods as well.
Good part about having a nice resting spot for the rod, lots of pictures!
End of the session, my total catch was 28 prawns.
Not too bad, but I can kick myself for missing so many strikes!