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29th January 2012 – Ops Cocoa, Ops Duo Romeo, Ops Lima Uniform Sierra, Ops Mike Zulu Lima

Shawn/ January 29, 2012/ freshwater, Singapore/ 0 comments

We brought Tom to what Spot Cocoa for what was supposed to be a morning only Op.

Again, the ‘big gang’ was there again but this time there were only 5 people, two of which later went off the to the place that Nigel and me had gone a few trips back.

Nigel managed to hook a baby halfbeak.

The rest of the day was pretty pathetic and not wanting to disappoint our foreign friend, Nigel and me silently concluded that this would not be a full day mission.

After a quick breakfast and finally deciding against Ops Sangraal (due to our laziness), we decided to bring him to Spot Duo Romeo. Because it was on the way, we also stopped off at Spot Mike Zulu Lima and Spot Lima Uniform Sierra.

Tom managed to hook up a beautiful Temensis specimen at Spot Mike Zulu Lima but threw it back before a photo could be taken. He did not catch anymore fish at that spot. My video camera was all ready and we saw a toman and small arowana swimming past but Tom could not hook up anything.

We then moved to Spot Lima Uniform Sierra but hooked up nothing despite seeing some fish there.

We finally moved to Spot Duo Romeo and saw this mauled Temensis on the ground.

We caught nothing at this place so after all that trekking, we decided to head back. We went back to Spot Mike Zulu Lima for one last try but got nothing again. Despondent, we headed back home.


Shawn started fishing in 1994. He caught his first fish (an Ah Seng) on that very first trip to Changi Carpark 4 (before it was barricaded). He built up his fishing knowledge and gear over the years but still keeps his old gear, just like the memories.

20th January 2012 – Ops NS Lima, Ops Mike Zulu Lima

Shawn/ January 21, 2012/ freshwater, Singapore/ 0 comments

Wawa messaged me the night before and asked if I was going anywhere and if I was, if he could join. Since I was planning on heading to my spot anyway, I brought him along.

Yet again, we saw Banhock there. We didn’t manage to land any fish but Banhock mentioned that he had landed 2.

Wawa and me fished at the usual spot (the short stretch where I always see the most action) while Banhock eventually moved to the opposite bank.

I managed to snag my popper on a canvas cloth near the opposite bank while chasing a Toman (Banhock style) so with no hookups and my strong desire to retrieve my lure, we moved to that spot.

As luck would have it, Banhock was stationed at that exact spot where I was planning to enter the water.

We moved briskly to the bridge and when Banhock saw us, he immediately started walking back. Lol. When we inevitably met in the middle, I very briefly declared “We’re not stalking you” to which he replied “Oh. What happened?” and I said “I’m going to get my lure” and I didn’t see him for the rest of the day. haha.

When we reached the spot, I double checked everything before taking a step in. The moment both my feet hit the riverbed, Wawa’s small popper was hit by an est 1-2Kg Toman/Haruan. He lost it though because he couldn’t strike in time. Nevertheless, I carried on and managed to retrieve my lure.

After returning back to the shore, we continued fishing at this very picturesque but extremely shallow spot till about 7 when we gave up.

In the car, we talked about possible spots to which Wawa suggested that we go to a spot that was dripping with Haruan. “Every cast can get one”, he said. When he described the spot I immediately recognised it as Spot Mike Zulu Lima. Thinking that perhaps we had to walk in a bit from that spot, I drove there. On the way there, he confirmed that the fishing was at that exact spot and no bashing was involved.

Nevertheless, I joined in with the fishing. We reached the spot at about 7.30 at the sky was just turning completely dark and the 2 other anglers that were already there were just leaving.

Somehow, Wawa managed to land a Temensis when it was completely dark.

We went home shortly after that but not before seeing a pair of baiters taking our place.


Shawn started fishing in 1994. He caught his first fish (an Ah Seng) on that very first trip to Changi Carpark 4 (before it was barricaded). He built up his fishing knowledge and gear over the years but still keeps his old gear, just like the memories.

17th January 2012 – Ops Mike Zulu Lima, Ops NS Lima

Shawn/ January 18, 2012/ freshwater, Singapore/ 2 comments

Headed out to meet Nigel to try a spot both of us had not tried in a long while. Nigel told me that he had first hand reports of 8Kg mama Temensis being hooked up like nobody’s business and that 30 pieces of fish in about 2 hours was to be expected. We did not hit 30 pieces nor did we hook up any mamas. When leaving, I remarked on the lack of mamas to which he quickly replied that the 30 pieces was, in general, referring to the quantity of fish in total. He’s “cheeky” that way. >:/

We shifted spots slightly a few times. At the drain spot, I saw a familiar face landing countless small Temensis. After giving up on the other spots, I moved to that spot and recognised a familiar voice. Turned out to be a famous moderator from a local fishing forum.

After a brief catch up on our lives since we last met, I casted out along the drain as well and managed to land this small but excellent specimen.

After getting bored and with the “danger hour” aproaching, I brought Nigel to Spot NS Lima where we saw Banhock. I had no idea who he was nor how well known this spot had become. With the catch rate (and indeed the successful fishing methods used at this spot) having changed significantly, we returned back to Spot Mike Zulu Lima.

After a brief period of fishing, we were about to move off when we saw a total of 4 new guys from 3 distinct groups joining us. I had already given up on there being any quality fish at this spot so I packed up while Nigel switched to his storm rubber lure. He landed this.

Generally bored with the situation and with one of the newcomers tapao-ing fish after fish, we left for home, where I browsed through Banhock’s thread with interest and admiration.

The End.


Shawn started fishing in 1994. He caught his first fish (an Ah Seng) on that very first trip to Changi Carpark 4 (before it was barricaded). He built up his fishing knowledge and gear over the years but still keeps his old gear, just like the memories.