Yesterday we were freshwater fishing at Phuket Fishing Park....which isn't a 'park' but a nice lake surrounded by trees and with little bamboo shelters to relax and have lunch in.
We were honoured to have Mr Roger Bazand in our company. Roger, a legend in his own angling lifetime, had heard about the lake fishing here whilst lazing about in his Australian retirement home and popped over to Phuket to join us for a few days ...that's the sort of chap he is. And, of course, he caught the first fish....a nice carp...which he tells us are considered vermin in Australia and are responsible for killing off many of the indigineous species over there. Thus, when caught, they are removed from that particular stretch of Aussie water and made into Castlemaine XXXX and exported back to Europe (or Asia!).
Ace angler Derby retaliated immediately with a catfish. In fact, sad to tell you all, Derby hammered the fish and caught more than anyone else has this year. He gathered an audience of adoring fans around him, watching in awe as he banged in a steady supply of carp and catfish....and they were of a Good Stamp of fish too! One of Derby's admirers in in the final photo of this Blog entry.
Derby's papa, Graham, had never fished before but after catching the surrounding scrubs and nearby small children several times, he got the hand of actually getting the bait into the water and in one piece. And then the Derby genes took over and the fish started coming. Here's Graham with his first ever hard fighting Siamese Carp. You never forget your first ever fish!! Congratulations, Graham.
Doesn't matter where Roger is....the fish recognise a true master of his art....these catfish are very aggressive fighters all the way to the net but no match for Roger's consumate skills.
Pleasant scenery, colourful plants, sunny weather, bit of a welcome breeze, great company, plenty of fish.......as Mr Caines often says 'We're pissed off being so happy!'
....and with another catfish.....
And here's Whittall...doing the usual thing...running round after his demanding customers and netting their fish for them...this was a nice catfish coming to Graham's rod.
Here's Graham with another finely conditioned carp...I am convinced the pellets they feed the fish in this lake are actually steroids....these fish are manic when they fight....