Good bite rates, but challenging!
The prawning pond at Farmart is one of the oldest prawning ponds in Singapore and still in its original location at Farmart Centre, No. 67 Sungei Tengah, SG (699008). Located just in front of the Animal Corner, the prawning pond is usually known as ‘Farmart Prawning’, but its real name is actually Farm’s Village. Farmart Centre itself is a little out of the way, but they do offer a free shuttle bus service from Lot One Shopping Center at Choa Chu Kang Central.
There’s only one prawning pond here, but it’s pretty large and can be very crowded on the weekends. Speaking to the staff here, he mentioned that the pond itself is probably around 10+ years old and might be one of the first in Singapore. I can’t verify it, but I do have memories of prawning here at least 6 to 7 years ago. In fact, those memories usually involved being bitten by mosquitoes more so than my bait getting bitten by prawns. Not that good a memory! Having not been here in years, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of the bite rates…
The nice part about Farmart’s prawning pond is that there’s plenty of running water going into the pond. While I can’t be sure why, but I think that helps to keep the prawns active and biting.
Though the prawning pond itself doesn’t offer food like Hai Bin Sembawang, there are a couple of zhi char restaurants just a few steps away, where you can order takeaway to the prawning pond. The prawn operator does however offer drinks. I brought along my trusty bottle of OFF mosquito repellent just in case, and was spraying my legs and arms liberally to keep the mozzies away. Either the OFF is really super effective, or the mosquitoes here aren’t as plentiful as I had remembered! Only ended up with just one or two bites.
The pricing here is quite normal, though I do like the fact that they offer a ‘regular customer’ card. You get 1 stamp per hour and if you collect 12 stamps, you get an additional hour for free! So far, this is the only prawning pond that offered this to me. Let me know if there’s any others in the comments!
I quite liked the staff here. During my first visit in the late evening, I had forgotten my sinker and the pond staff kindly offered his own personal sinker (which he told me was 10+ years old!). The second visit, there were quite a few kids with their parents and the pond staff not only taught them how to catch prawns, but even donated quite a few prawns to the families. Very nice of them indeed!
The counter here had the usual chicken heart bait for free, as well as worms and a no-brand packet of prawning powder for use. I must say though, at most of the other prawning ponds I’ve visited, the chicken heart bait is usually just chopped up roughly, but the chicken heart bait here is diced nicely into the perfect sizes. There also weren’t any ‘branded’ baits or accessories like you would find at Hai Bin or ORTO, but they did have a few rods available for sale.
So on to the prawning!
Bite rates and catch rates are obviously variable and depends on person to person. My bite rates and catch rates are typically the average of 2 trips, of 3 hours each. Prawn sizes vary from day to day, mainly because it depends on their suppliers, so I’d only mention the prawn sizes if they are exceptionally large or exceptionally small!
I visited Farmart’s prawning pond twice, once in the daytime, and another at night. Both times, I found the bite rates to be good* Why’d I put an asterisk? Because it took me a little while to identify where the prawn clumps were. Once I found those areas though, the bite rates went up from 1 bite every 5 to 10 minutes, to 1 bite in 30 seconds or less.
The water here is very choppy, the choppiest I’ve seen in a pond. The main reason for this was the constant flow of water being pumped out through pipes above the waterline. Where I also found the bite rate to be the best, was right in the middle of these choppy areas.
It took me a while to figure out the difference between the float being tossed around by the water and an actual bite on the hook, but once I did, the bite rates were insane. I probably pulled out 10 to 15 prawns in just one spot alone. I found that the trick was to cast my float right into the middle of the bubbles and keep a constant hand on my rod to ensure the float (and the hook) stayed right in the middle. Keeping it there, the bites came non-stop! After my experience at Farmart, I finally understood the importance of the ‘Ah Po’ floats! I think I might get one to try soon as well!
I’d give Farmart an 8/10 for the bite rates. I think beginners would have a problem here though, because it took some hunting to find the right spots, and the best spots were right in the middle of choppy water. If you’re an expert in prawning in these choppy spots, I think you would have a great time!
On my first trip to Farmart Prawning, I caught 28 prawns, while on my second, I caught 30 prawns. To be frank, I had an exceptionally good time on my second visit because I finally found the right spots to hit. On the second visit, I took perhaps an hour or an hour and a half to find the spots, but once I hit those, the prawns came flying. So much so that I was super tempted to extend my time by an additional hour. Too bad though, I had a meeting later, and had to resist the urge.
Across both my visits, the staff topped up the pond twice. I had a little bit of concern that with the size of the pond, I might not be able to stay in just one spot, but have to shift around. I guess I had chosen the right location though!
I think familiarity with the pond here made a huge difference. I had a good bite rate my first visit, but on my second, after hunting around for quite a bit, dropping my bait into those choppy areas made a huge difference. I think the prawns here are really quite plentiful, but it just takes more time to hunt them down.
Overall, there really isn’t much to speak about here about amenities. Farmart’s prawning pond is quite straightforward and is about the prawning. I found this location to be one of the most technically demanding prawning ponds so far. The constant flow of water meant that I had to keep my hand of the rod pretty much all the time to keep my float where I wanted it, while the choppy water also meant that my float was constantly giving me false indicators. It took time to understand the motions and the feel for the prawns’ bites.
7/10 for Farmart Prawning.
Farm’s Village (Farmart Prawning)
Address: 67 Sungei Tengah Road, 699008
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Contact Number: (+65) 9062 9062
Prices for Prawning
1 Hour – $18
2 Hours – $28
3 Hours – $33
4 Hours – $44
5 Hours – $55
10 Hours – $100
Personal Rods Allowed
BBQ Grills (Salt & Satay Sticks Provided)
Double Hooks Not Allowed
No Pork To Be Used
Free Bait (Chicken Heart)
Food available at restaurants, drinks available at the counter
Some prawning rods available for sale
Worms available for purchase
Yabbies in the pond as well
1 large pond
Check out my catch reports at Farmart Prawning here: