Friday, December 18, 2015
Snakehead Hunting in the Khao Sok National Park.
Before entering this formidable fishing area we had spent plenty of dosh on artificial lures at Mr Moo's tackle emporium in Phuket in the vague hope we might have stumbled upon whatever lure was best for the particular day we happened to arrive.
This time though we had chartered a longtail boat to take us as far inland as the lake went....right into the furthest north-western reaches. 60 miles from the Ratchaprapha Dam; a two half hour journed on a 20 knot longtail boat.
Staying with us were a hardened and experienced trio of Malaysians who had been coming there twice a year for the past 10 years. They were seriously well prepared with jungle clothing and hefty boots. They were well armed with various rods and a massive array of lures. They explained that often the best places had to be reached on foot. They had charted a small, very fast longtail speedboat each with a guide (£30 per day) and were fishing all hours day and night. We also met a Canadian group who also had some degree of experience having been to the location a couple of times and who were stayng for 4 days.
Ours was just a one night/two day exploratory trip to see what we could learn. My conclusion is that you must have a knowledgeable guide and it is not easy to find one. It is easy to find people who say they are good...but, as ever, it takes time to find someone you believe in. We need to know a lot more about every aspect of spending time in the jungle and emerging bite-free and generally unscathed. If we do this trip again then I am going to have to ask a lot of questions in order to try and find a good guide who is willing to help and advise us.
Wow...I feel proud to be the Champion of our first ever Jungle Fishing Expedition.