Fishing for free prawns

Fishing for free prawns
Hai Bin Prawning (Bishan) will have to shut down its operations after 6 years due to a sharp increase in capture the last day of operations.

SINGAPORE - Nicknamed the "Cowboy", he expertly attached a worm to his fishing line and tossed it into the pond.

And like a rancher lassoing cattle, Mr Edward Goh, 57, was seen within minutes reeling in a glistening prawn about the size of a croissant.

Mr Goh, who is self-employed, had been going to Hai Bin Prawning's Bishan branch every weekend for the past four years to partake in his favourite activity - prawn fishing.

But he cannot do so any more.

The attraction, located off Sin Ming Avenue near Bishan Park, closed its operations for good on Sunday after six years, due to a rent dispute.

After plans by the landlord, Nature Park, to raise the monthly rent from $26,000 to $65,000, Hai Bin said that it will now focus on its two other outlets, in Punggol and Jurong.

To mark the closure, Hai Bin Prawning invited customers to its Bishan outlet for a free three-hour prawning session on Sunday.

Between 7am and 11.59pm, each customer received one rod to fish for prawns in a free three-hour slot. Members of the public went there in droves to take part.

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