24 May 2014
The hooblah surrounding the bust up between a 16-year-old-boy and a couple of Cisco officers does shed some light over the little tug of war between anglers and authorities.
I confess that I’m no hard-core angler but I do have some fishing experience under my belt. Many days and nights have been spent baiting, casting and most of all, waiting, for that one catch that makes it all worthwhile.
And, yes, cursing the one that got away (well in my case, the many).
It’s frustrating for both beginners and experienced anglers alike, to live with all the fishing restrictions here in Singapore (well that’s it isn’t it, because we live in Singapore!). But I feel that it’s good to just take a step back, away from all the hate, from keyboard rage, from the government bashing to really understand why there are restrictions in the first place.
Take the reservoirs for example.
The rule, I feel, that irk anglers the most is the designated (and restricted) fishing spots along the reservoir. I understand that sometimes you just get this feeling that there’s just some other perfect spot to go to that will lead you to fishing heaven. Alas, it might just be located in the non-designated zones. But like I said, there must always be a reason no? Maybe that area isn’t able to withstand fishing yet or maybe it’ll pose some kind of danger towards the angler? I’m sure there are many fishing enthusiasts from amongst the decision makers and they aren’t just heartless, mindless robots…or scholars (COUGH).
I’m not telling anyone to blindly kowtow to each and every rule in place (how would one be able to live like that?!) but every now and then it’s good to just say hey, it may be for my own good and just…enjoy the fishing experience, albeit in the lesser exciting “designated areas”.
Anyhoo…reservoir fishing isn’t so exciting to start with, even in the non-designated areas.
There are plenty of other, legal, fishing spots where one could go get their fishing high. Places like Bedok Jetty, Changi Point, Labrador Park and many more.
Here’s a list of websites that shed more light on such spots. Feel free to check them out and get your fishing on!
I’ve also found the link on PUB’s website that has more info about the where you can (or cannot) fish at the reservoirs (scroll down to (E) Fishing) – http://www.pub.gov.sg/enjoy/WaterActivities/Pages/WaterActivtiesFAQ.aspx#fishing
By: Mutton’s (sliced fish) Soup