Many Singaporeans now take fishing as their hobby. In fact, there are Singaporeans who plan to head abroad for a good catch. As the hobby of fishing become popular, there are many fishing-related offences recorded by the Public Utilities Board. According to the agency, there are at least 240-250 people every year who are booked for fishing-related offences.
What does this tell us? This tells us that many people do not practice responsible fishing. Some offences include fishing at areas not designated and using of live baits. Under the law, these actions should be reprimanded. Here in Singapore, this is called sport fishing. Sport fishing can be considered as recreational fishing. All participants are challenged to seek and catch a fish. The sport transcends to monetary value of the flesh.
The act of catching the fish is called angling. The person who is doing the angling is called the angler. If you want to know more, you should read further.
- Fishing methods: You should know that there are a lot of methods that you can consider to be successful. Before anything else, you have to keep in mind that the methods vary depending on the area, the species, resources and the strategies of the anglers. There are anglers who use their catch as trophies while there are others who will tag their catch and eventually release it. The method will really depend on you.
- Fishing techniques: There are different techniques that you should be familiar. You have to consider spearfishing, trapping, netting and hand gathering. You will also hear about bowfishing. The effectiveness of the techniques will vary depending on the knowledge of the angler. The angler should know about the behaviour of the fish.
They say that fishing is only for people who are patient. That is true. Waiting for a fish to take your bait is time consuming but when you see your catch, the obstacles that you have encountered along the way will be forgotten. Sport fishing can be for pleasure or for the competition but regardless, the important thing is you have fun. You only need your things. You should secure your hooks, line, rod and reel.
You have to remember that using live bait is unlawful here in Singapore. As an alternative, you can use lures like artificial flies. Sport fishing is an expensive hobby but it will be nothing compared to the happiness you feel. Good luck and happy catching!