Thursday, July 9, 2009

Music not only entertains but helps attract fish to line too

Music not only entertains but helps attract fish to line too
A STOMPer visited Bedok Jetty last week and learnt from an angler that music attracts fish to the bait.

Fisherman told STOMP today (Jul 9):

"These pictures were taken at the Bedok Jetty near the East Coast Park.
Music not only entertains but helps attract fish to line too
"Everyday hordes of anglers make their way to this jetty to enjoy the thrill of fishing from a pier.

"They come on foot, bicycles or motorbikes.
Music not only entertains but helps attract fish to line too
"The squid that was caught and kept in a polystyrene box.
Music not only entertains but helps attract fish to line too
"Last week I visited Bedok Jetty and found that anglers come here everyday of the week.

"They came with their fishing gear, hooks, baits and even stools and canvas to keep out the sun.

"One angler told me he was there for two days and he had a good catch including eels, crabs, squids and some ikan chermin.
Music not only entertains but helps attract fish to line too
Music not only entertains but helps attract fish to line too
"He liked the jetty as it is close to the public toilets and food centre.

"He also brought along his radio and DVD player as he believes that music somehow attracts fish to his line and he was glad he had a good catch for two days."

I see a trumpeter perch ( Pelates quadrilineatus), flower crab (Portunus pelagicus), and what is probably a blue-spined swimming crab (Thalamita prymna) in the first photo.

That's not a squid in the fourth picture, but an octopus.

Ikan chermin is a local name for Indian threadfin (Alectis indicus), a pelagic predator of coastal waters.


Indian threadfin, Bedok Jetty;
(Photo by lkc_stib)

The eel is probably a brown-spotted moray eel (Gymnothorax reevesii).

Oh, and I'm not too sure if fish are really attracted by music, although I won't be surprised if they might be drawn by the vibrations that are transmitted to the water. The underwater realm is far from silent, and a great deal of marine species use sound to communicate.

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