Fishing with Dad 1 – Bedok Jetty

The Bedok Jetty is a well known fishing spot. Photo source: Wikipedia

The Bedok Jetty is a well known fishing spot. Photo source: Wikipedia

Singapore is surrounded by splendid spots to go fishing, particularly along our east and west coasts.

Bedok Jetty (Area F of East Coast Park) is popular and easily accessible. You’ll get to practise different types of fishing methods such as jigging, surf casting, and bottom fishing over there.

Jigging will land you Tambans. You’ll be rewarded with QueenfishMackerelHerring  and Todak by trying your hand at surf casting.

If you and the children have not fished before, start with popping by the jetty early one morning (do check for the high tides) and spend some time taking in the fresh morning sea breeze whilst observing the anglers at work.

Fishing for Tamban is a great way to pick up the hobby as it’s fairly easy to catch them when they’re in abundance. Photo source: www.handlinefishing.com

Fishing for Tamban is a great way to pick up the hobby as it’s fairly easy to catch them when they’re in abundance. Photo source: http://www.handlinefishing.com

Very few people know that Bedok Jetty was originally built by local businessman Mr Yap Swee Hong in 1966 to import scrap metal from the Americans engaged in the Vietnam War. In 1975, it was used to receive Vietnamese refugees after the surrender of Saigon. Share this story with your children whilst you are there.

If your kids show an in interest in the sport, try starting with Handline Fishing as it requires the barest of equipment, just some gloves, a line, hook, weight and sotong (squid) bait.

Fishing can create lots of teaching opportunities for dads and kids, as well as be a fun alternative to playing computer games and trawling the malls.

Give it a try! You could all get “hooked for life” and find yourselves a lifelong touchpoint to connect over, through the years.



Categories: Good Value, Nearby, Outdoors, Short, Sports

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