Fishes The Shrimp Field

Attraction No.13, Section 3, Zhishan Road, Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Family
Outdoor
Must see
Kids
Parks & Aquarium
10.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Fishes The Shrimp Field is a unique shop in Taipei that lets tourists try their hand at shrimp fishing. They will give you a pole, bait, and some quick advi

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Why Fishes The Shrimp Field is special ?

Shrimping is a popular local Taiwanese activity that’s precisely what it sounds like, fishing for shrimp! It takes place inside a big shack-like shrimp farm where you sit on plastic deck chairs while fishing from a pool filled with live shrimp. Shrimping has become a popular late-night activity for families, children, and even couples – the shrimp farms are typically open 24 hours a day. It’s definitely a fun and relaxing experience worth trying!


One of the more well-known shrimping areas is located just a short cab ride away from Shilin MRT on Zhizhan Road. Here you’ll come across a row of shrimp farms offering a similar shrimping experience and price. One hour for 300NT, two hours for 500NT, or three hours for 700NT. Most people go for two hours and share a rod for every two people.


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What to explore at Fishes The Shrimp Field?

Here’s how it works. You get a tray of chicken liver and small dried shrimps to use as bait. Once your line is cast, wait until a shrimp really gets a piece of the bait before jerking it up.This is not as easy as it sounds! If you pull up too early, the shrimp will get away. The water is also deliberately murky so you can’t see where the shrimp are.

So while you wait for your shrimp to take the bait, feel free to sit back, chat with friends, and even sip on some Taiwan beer. After successfully catching some shrimp, you de-claw and rinse them clean. Next comes the gruesome part of skewering them. The poor things are still alive and squirming around at this point! Lastly, cover the skewered shrimps in a coat of salt before grilling them until they turn golden orange.

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How to get to Fishes The Shrimp Field?

Take MRT to Shilin stop, Exit 1. Then catch a cab to the shrimp farms (釣蝦場 – diao xia chang) on Zhishan Road (至善路).

Selling points

  • “A Must-Do Activity in Taipei”
  • “Great fun for family!”
  • “Eating fresh catch shrimps”
  • “Awesome experience!!”
  • “Taipei's best kept secret!!”
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
567.12 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
28 places

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No.13, Section 3, Zhishan Road, Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan

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Tips for you

  • One can also order food and drinks while fishing because it can take a while before one ends up
    Food
  • Cost $20 to $25 USD depending on number of people shrimping and if you order extra food on the side.
    Prices
  • The place is clean enough (for a fishing spot) and the snacks and food are cheap compared to most tourist places.
    Prices
  • Make sure to keep track of your time to avoid getting fined for going over the time limit.
    Timming
  • This spot on Zhishan Road, Shilin District is only a 10 minute taxi ride from the National Palace Museum.
    What to know
  • When baiting, remove the dried shrimp head and tail before fastening onto the hook. This makes it easier for the shrimps to take the bait.
    Experience
  • Some say shrimping requires some serious skill, while others say it’s all luck. Whatever it is, it takes a while to get the hang of – so be patient!
    Experience
  • Here’s a secret. If you end up going the entire time without catching shrimps, rumor has it the owner might just give you a few so you don’t end up leaving empty-handed.
    Experience
  • If you fail at shrimping, you can always supplement your meager catchings with extra orders.
    Experience
  • Shrimps fishing is an excellent fun activity for young and old
    Experience

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Shrimp fishing is a popular local past time in Taipei. It's also a lot of fun. You can find indoor shrimp pools all over the city, but the best ones are in Shilin District. We frequent this one every couple of months. Live shrimp are dumped into a pool of cloudy water. You're given a rod, some chicken liver, and some dried prawns for your hook. Then you sit and wait for the shrimp to take the bait. While you're waiting, you can kick back and enjoy some Taiwan beer, or you can order tasty snacks off the menu. Whenever we have visitors in Taiwan, we always like to take them shrimp fishing because it's a fun activity and a unique part of Taiwanese culture.

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Went today with my kids. Not as easy as it seems but at the end we got 8 large prawns which we cooked on site . Drunk 3 bottles of Taiwan Beer - always nice- and enjoyed the whole experience.

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My husband and I made sure we set aside 4 hours to do some shrimp fishing. We did not know how to get to the place, so we took the subway to Shilin station, and took a cab there. The fare was less than NT200/ US$7. You will see a couple of places side by side - just choose any that catches your fancy. We chose the one exactly at the bus stop (where we took Bus number 18 to Shilin Night Market for dinner).January was cold but it was so much fun. The trick is to look at the locals and see how they fish. My husband and I go shrimp fishing quite a bit in Singapore, and we brought our own gear there (LOL). In fact, we were so confident we'll catch something, we bought a bottle of chili sauce at a convenience store before we took a cab to the place. You slice chicken liver into 3mm squares, and make sure the bait hides the tip of the hook. Toss it into the pond (they tend to hide where the bubbles are most of the time), and wait for the bob to sink into the water. Wait a couple of seconds more since the first few bobs mean the shrimp is using its claws to move the bait to its mouth. Then you slowly and gently lift your rod vertically from the water, and you will feel resistance. Yay! Never let your excitement get the better of you. Slow Dan steady since the shrimps are heavy and big. The hook isn't very large and over excitement on your part can reduce the chances of fishing the shrimp out of the water.We had fun and would have spent another afternoon there if not for a local tour we were joining the next day. :) off the beaten track and a good experience if you have time.

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I saw this while looking up activities on trip advisor. It was very interesting I never fished for shrimp by hook before. When we arrived my girlfriend wasn't interested so I got 1 rod and sat down at the pool. My girlfriend grabbed a snack and a couple beers at the front counter and joined me. I baited the 2 small hooks with chicken liver and got some bites right away. I learned by watching some of the locals you have to give them sometime to get the bait into their mouths before setting the hook. After watch them I was still only able to hook onto 3 in my two hours there. Since 3 wasn't much of a meal we bought a pound of shrimp for $15 cad from the front counter and went to the eating area to cook them up. At $15 cad for 2 hours it was a little pricey for what we were doing but still lots of fun.

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I saw this while looking up activities on trip advisor. It was very interesting I never fished for shrimp by hook before. When we arrived my girlfriend wasn't interested so I got 1 rod and sat down at the pool. My girlfriend grabbed a snack and a couple beers at the front counter and joined me. I baited the 2 small hooks with chicken liver and got some bites right away. I learned by watching some of the locals you have to give them sometime to get the bait into their mouths before setting the hook. After watch them I was still only able to hook onto 3 in my two hours there. Since 3 wasn't much of a meal we bought a pound of shrimp for $15 cad from the front counter and went to the eating area to cook them up. At $15 cad for 2 hours it was a little pricey for what we were doing but still lots of fun.

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