Once our dropped jaws were back in place, we were able to watch a delivery of the latest fish to arrive from Bangkok. Above you see one of a number of Alligator Gars about to be introduced to the lake...
Now I know you freshwater gentlemen know all about this stuff....so forgive me for explaining it in such a naive fashion but I have in mind that most of my angling customers who are reading this are sea anglers. It was never my intention to come to Phuket and get involved in frehwater angling....but the general inshore seafishing around Phuket is so poor due to massive over fishing and over exploitation of the fish stocks that our sea fishing has become markedly less productive during the ten years I have been here. Thus we have turned our attentions more to the freshwater scene and it is extremely enjoyable.
As someone who has set up a very tiny business project here in Phuket and has experienced plenty of problems in doing so, I can only express my genuine admiration for the 'foreigners' I have met here who have constructed significant projects. These fisheries we are enjoying are the result of the vision and determination of remarkable men. I for one would never be able to carry off such massive projects.
On the one hand I am very happy to announce that next year's Dec 2014 to March 2015 is already full and over subscribed....but then I am genuinely disappointed I can offer this experience to more of you who have expressed an interest in coming. If I was an enterprising businessman such as the men I refer to above then I would buy another house or a bigger one so that more of you could come...but I just do not want to go through it all again.
'Small is Beautiful' they say....well, this little project of mine is staying small. If you would like to come, then you need to think of provisionally booking for the Dec 2015 through to March 2016 period. Although I am not going to be here in November, Jai will be so we could offer November. I can give you all the info required and you could use the house as the base for your own adventure....which is what I had in mind from the start anyway.
Rod and John leave within the next couple of hours with Richard, Steve and Keith joining us. Their plane comes in two hours after John and Rod leave for the rains of UK. We are fishing the Phuket lake on Tuesday and then off to Krabi to enjoy Stuart Gillhams fishery in Ao Nang for 4 days.
Happy Days to All!