Unless you go well offshore and fish preferably on a liveaboard trip for 3 days the sea fishing around Phuket (Dec to March) is expensive and non productive. This was never meant to be an angling holiday as such but we were able to fit a day in. I convinced our EFSA sea anglers to have a go at the local lake, the Phuket Fishing Park.
This small lake rarely fails to produce and with its stock of carp to 70lb, catfish to 40lb, redtail catfish to 90lb and paku well into double figures there is always the chance of several very lively tussles.
These freshwater fish are definitely on steroids or something....they fight like demons with
the paku being utterly manic. It's really great fun and we have enjoyed many great days there over the past 8 years now!
Here's Richard Russell bending into a lively paku (fruit eating pirhana)
The locals will have the shirt off your back if you don't keep a sharp eye out. I was caught out playing a fish......darn it!
And here's Andy again....with another very fine paku. These powerful fish were all in the 5kg to 7kg range.
Well we lost track of what was caught....suffice to say we were kept pretty busy, often with two fish on at a time. This was a very pleasant day and yet another reason to have a holiday here in sunny Phuket!!