Prawning Report – A Monster Night at ATC Fishing Village Kranji
One rod, 3 hours of non-stop action and 57 prawns in the bucket.
I had one heck of a night at ATC Fishing Village at D’Kranji! I’ve been visiting this place quite a few times since they opened in late April 2017 and this place has become my go-to location for prawning. I’ll be putting up a review of this place soon, but in the mean-time, I just HAD to blog about this awesome night.
Most of the time when I go prawning, I usually catch about 25 to 30 prawns or so, in 3 hours. This night though, I caught a total of 57 prawns and quite a few jumbos too!
By the way, my shoe size is 11.5, so those prawns were about the 3/4 the length of my slipper.
Right, enough showing off of my catch for that night.
While I’m fine using the usual chicken heart, I find myself preferring to use the marinated baits as I feel I get a higher bite rate. When I was there at ATC Fishing Village at D’Kranji, they weren’t 100% finished with their renovations and I understand that Prawnmart will eventually bring in their products to be sold here. While I was getting ready to head down from Choa Chu Kang, I texted Ronald from Prawnmart to see if he had any of their marinated baits available and though it was super last minute, he came through for me and I bought two containers of their ‘pro-bait’. I’m not too sure what’s the official name though!
It started off slowly enough, but I was still getting maybe a bite every 2 to 3 minutes, which was usual for this location. I was busy cutting up and preparing my bait, but I think during that 10 minutes of bait prep, I already got 3 to 4 prawns.
While prawning away happily, the night manager of ATC Fishing Village at D’Kranji, Aman, came over and we started talking. An avid prawner himself, Aman gave me some great tips on my striking method. While I’m pretty confident of striking from the top, I think I’m really bad at striking when the prawns are moving around. I’ve been told a few times that when the prawn takes your bait and is moving in one direction, you should tension the line up in the direction opposite to the movement and strike sideways. I’ve never been confident about this and honestly, I think I miss something like 80% of my side strikes. Aman was awesome enough to sit down next to me with his own rod and demonstrate exactly how he strikes from the side. By learning from how he flicks the rod opposite of where the prawn is moving, I was able to gain some confidence got quite a few more prawns that way! Thanks Aman! By the way, he’s also the guy who’s super responsible and tops up the prawns on the dot whenever there’s customers, even when it’s just 1 person!
Aman also shared with me that the recent shipments of prawns they’ve been receiving have been quite big and he invited me to take a look.
These fellas are about the size of my palm!
After about an hour or so, the bite rate suddenly went through the roof. I was literally throwing my line in and getting bites within seconds!
And it wasn’t just at one particular spot, it was almost everywhere. The bites were coming hard and fast, and it was all I could do to keep up. My strikes were hitting most of the time, but of course, I didn’t get them 100%!
I was using my ‘Apo’ inline float (which by the way, is awesome), but I think I tied it way too long and I got it messed up. It definitely took away valuable time and taught me a lesson. If you tie your own lines (which I think everyone should learn how to), you need to prepare spares. When the prawns start to go crazy and the bite rate’s through the roof, the worse possible thing for you is to have your lines messed up. That means you’re missing out on the bites and also the prawns. Keep a spare set of mainlines or two and if it tangles up, just pull it out and replace it. I didn’t have another ‘Apo’ set of lines ready to go, and instead had to take it down and replace it with another set of lines with the ‘Radar’ float instead. Surprise surprise, that one got tangled up too and I was down to my last set of lines.
Moral of the story? Like the scouts motto, always be prepared! Prepare and keep multiple lines of your preferred floats ready to go. If not, you might end up using floats that aren’t suitable, just because you don’t have any other lines available.
Still, despite the screwups with my lines, I was able to hit consistently and pull up the prawns one after another. Really happy about that!
Coming back home from Kranji, I did the math in my head. 57 prawns in 3 hours, that’s nearly 20 prawns an hour, or 1 prawn every 3 minutes! I think so far, this has been the most awesome prawning experience. I keep wanting to go back!
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