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Go Fish
Caroline Leung takes the bait and checks out Hong Kong’s recreational fishing scene.

By Caroline Leung | Aug 14, 2008

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Believe it or not, fish do still reside in Hong Kong’s less-than-pristine waters. Perhaps more surprisingly, there’s actually a big fishing scene here. And why not? We’re essentially a group of islands, after all, and all you really need a rod and some bait, and you’ve got yourslef a highly relaxing day out on the water. “It’s something for everyone, no matter their age, gender or occupation”, says Ng Lo-yuen, spokesperson of the Hong Kong Fishing and Research Club (www.hkfrc.org.hk).
Saltwater fishing can be done at spots including Stanley, Sai Kung and Lamma Island, and the catch can range from mackerel to barracuda. “Much of it depends on the weather, tides and season,” says Charles Frew, resident fish expert at HKOutdoors.com. In other words, don’t expect to catch a coelacanth on your first try.

Essential Equipment

Po Kee Fishing Tackle
1/F, 6 Hillier St., Sheung Wan, 2543-7541. www.pokeetackle.com

Established at the height of Hong Kong’s commercial fishing era in the 30s, this is the region’s oldest equipment store. Online ordering is available through their website.

Fishing Mall
Delya Industrial Centre, 7 Shek Pai Tau Rd., Tuen Mun

Freshwater fishing is rare in Hong Kong due to the lack of freshwater, but it’s still possible in the reservoirs on the city’s outskirts. Get everything you need for it at this well-hidden store.
Yat Fan Fung Shun
B/F, 7 Ho Wui St., Tuen Wan, 2409-9299.
www.fishingtackle.com.hk
Whether you’re looking for a fuchsia fishing net or a weightless rod to ease your arm, Yat Fan Fung Shun is the right place. They offer rods of all shapes, sizes and weights, along with an extensive supply of other tools.

Where to Fish

Tai Mei Tuk Fishing Park
Tai Mei Tuk Rd., Tai Mei Tuk, Tai Po, 2662-6351
http://yp.ypdomain.com/tmtfishfarm

Tai Mei Tuk is a private fishing park that’s been open for over 30 years now. It’s a 40,000 square foot lake that has separate areas for whatever your skill level. Best of all, it’s really cheap: $25 an hour ($30 on weekends), and $10 to rent tools and bait.

Triton Deep Sea Fishing
1/F, Pinnacle Building, 9 Ship St., Wanchai, 2866-8551. www.tritontackle.com

If you’re bored of tinny little minnow, go all out do some fishing with the big boys in some deep-sea fishing. You can’t sign on to a whaling ship out of Nantucket for three years, but Triton, also one of the biggest tackle shops in Hong Kong, offers more manageable two-day offshore fishing trips. The boat will travel to an oil rig in the South China Sea—the fishing is good because reefs form around them—where you can angle for all the bluefin tuna your skill can manage, under the guidance of a friendly captain, who will not in any way be obsessed with white whales. $1,800 per person; weather dependent.

Hong Kong Mandarin Sports Fishing Club
1/F, 6 Hillier St., Central. www.msfc.com.hk
Fishing isn’t just a solitary activity, and anyone who enjoys
it can join this club, which meets at Hong Kong’s oldest tackle shop. Members exchange techniques and plan excursions together.

Fishing Tips

Ng Lo-yuen from the Hong Kong Fishing and Research Club gives us some of his best.

1. Weather determines water currents, and bad weather equals bad fish turnout. Check before you set out.

2. Avoid fishing in sunny areas: cast in the shade. Fish especially like to hide in mossy areas and logs.

3. Fish can be picky eaters. Different fish like different bait, but bloodworms and shrimp are general favorites, followed by crayfish, minnow and even corn.

4. Use a lighter line when it comes to shyer fish. Color and weight can do more than you think to disguise a rod.

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