Saturday, January 23, 2016
Ray was determined to 'sort the fishing' out with different and better rigs in order to cut down the bite-offs and losses.
Well...it worked. 22 Paku in the 3kg to 7kg range to Ray sets a new Pacu 'House Record'.
John Bellamy (still awaiting his pictures!!) landed 28 fish with five Siamese Carp up to 20kg, 12 Pacu, three Hovens and 8 mekong catfish.
Russell regards Pacu as being far too easy to catch and prefers to consider the merits of drop-kicking them back into the lake. He likes to concentrate on the Siamese Carp and landed three to 40lb inbetween trying, unsuccessfully to avoid the Paku landing 12 of them as a byecatch! (Politically loaded buzzword that). Russell is a keen carp angler 'back home' and enjoys trips to France in the pursuit of carp so this has been a real treat for him especially as every fish here in sunny Thailand fights like it is possessed.
Here's Russell with one of his three carp...
And here' s another of them. We are very worried about the condition of these fish. After fishing EFT a number of times this year and seeing how carefully the fish are looked after, it is depressing to see the state of these carp. We are regularly participating in heated exchanges with other anglers about their mistreatment of their fish and watched on this occasion a German angler drop his carp four times hard onto the ground from a considerable height whilst posing for his picture.
Sadly, the park is in a very bad state with rubbish everywhere. The Australian owner, Chris, has been off work for some time now and without him there to manage the workforce it is all falling rapidly into a mess. We collected rubbish around the lake and tried to explain to the Thai guides but they look at you as if you are mad and casually throw the next empty bottle of beer over their shoulder into the undergrowth. This is, in so many ways, a deeply confusing and fraustrating country. Thais are meticulously hygenienic yet don' t appear to give a toss about their beautiful country and think nothing of throwing rubbish everywhere and anywhere. Very strange. In fact the Phuket Park is looking remarkably like Weymouth Town Centre does every Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning.
This is the final trip to the lake for the lads as they leave for UK tomorrow. The fishing has been really amazing but with Ray John and Russell here it all took a massive leap forward with improved terminal rigs and the undoubted skills that the lads brought to the lake. Our Grauvell fixed spool reels, miles better than the gear provided by the lake, are srtruggling to cope and we have destroyed three of them. We really need good quality Shimano baitrunners to cope with these fish but the reels are in excess of £120 each....so, donations please!!
We have tried to find a location where we might catch some bigger fish...but so far we have failed. If anyone has been to Phuket and found some good shore fishing PLEASE let me know! When we are diving from the shore we see millions of little fish and a few good sized puffer fish and sometimes a bit titan triggerfish or a colourful parrot fish but these are rare sights. A couple of shore dives ago, and for the first time ever for me, I was confronted by two Giant Trevelly which must have been in the 20lb range..so I guess anything is possible.
Ray has certainly made his mark here. The Eastern Culture is a complete opposite to our Western Culture in so many ways. The Thai ladies and the guides at the lakes think Ray is the funniest Englishman they have ever met and they love him to bits....Jennie, our English Diving Insructor friend, describes Ray as a 'Lecherous Drunkard'.
I leave you, Dear Reader, to make your own mind up about this...and, although I have a good deal of photographic evidence to influence the discussion, I will not submit any on this occasion but leave it all up to your imaginations.....
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
But we are here to fish..so ever onwards into the beautifully manicured surrounds of the lake itself.
But wonderful....we got what we came for and congratulations to Ray for catching it.With all his angling travels and experiences this was the biggest fish Ray has ever caught and was estimated by the staff at being in the 75kg - 80kg bracket.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Ray told me he lost his first five fish before landing his first fish, a 5lb talapia, a favourite eating fish in Thai resturants.
The session started off steadily in the morning with five different species apiece. By 1300, as the heat built up, all the other anglers around the lake started leaving....and once they had gone and our brave men had the place to themselves, the fishing went crazy.
All the fish were taken on bread crust fished beneath the feeder cages.
Ray described today's experience as the best day's fishing he has ever had.....so that says something about the venue!
The lads are having a brilliant time over here and I have to say this is definitely our most successful season with the fish.
|A hard fighting mekong catfish|
|A mekong cat for John Bellamy|
|Nice 35lb Siamese carp for John|
|John bent into a pacu on steroids|
|Ray's legs in action|
|Jai christened Ray a ladyboy from thier first meeting at the EFSA World Game Championships held here in Phuket way back in November 2004...which is really when our 'Thai Adventure' began.|
|John with another nice doubke figure Siamese Carp|
|The lads thoroughly enjoyed guide Baw's expertise and insane humour|
|Great team work.......|
And next Tuesday and Wednesday we are off to Phang Gna to try for a big fish at Mike Bailey's Exotic Fishing Thailand......does it get any better than this????
Thursday, January 14, 2016
But how pleasant to pick up one of the 'house rods' and a slice of bread and go and have some fishing action right on your doorstep.
|By now the photo of Ray dancing in atop a bar in Patong has gone viral (well, 40 likes anyway). His socks have become legendary.|
Taking a photo from a plane is always a favourite passtime and this one does show a few of the offshore islands around Phuket that we intend to fish and dive around.
Even as I type, Russell is 20 miles to the south of us at the famous Pi Pi Islands experiencing his first ever sea dives with PADI. Russell has enrolled in the PADI Open Water Course.....and what a wonderful place to have your first ever dives!! Once he has gained his PADI Certificate he, John, Kannika and I will be chartering a longtailboat on Monday and hiring a stack of dive bottles and heading out to sea to do our own diving.....that will be fun!!
Here's Russell descending on his first ever sea dive which was with me at Kata the day before he started his PADI training.
Anyhow....here is a photo of one of the bedrooms. One bedroom has a Kingsized bed and the other two rooms have two large single beds in each. All the rooms are en-suite and they all have private balconies.
December 2016 is now fully booked. Bookings are being taken for the January to March 2017 period! You can email me if you fancy a holiday here (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text me 07860 571615 or Facebook message me for details. There is a dedicated website (www.paulsthaihouse.co.uk) that badly needs updating....but you can get an idea from it.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
I have to say I fear for the future of this lake. I was offered a 50% share in it a few years ago but I know trying to do anything in Thailand is fraught with uncertainty. Ferangs (foreigners) are often here to provide the money and then, when they are of no use anymore, forced out of the business and often end up with nothing to show for it. It is a shame as I would like to take it over and make it into an attractive and well run venue...but I do believe that would be an impossibility. In the meantime we shall continue to enjoy our days there and hope all will be well and it continues to provide good fishing.
But now, sadly, Dave has gone and will already be back in UK ready to defend his honour in the forthcoming Flounder Championships...
Dave told us that this was the best holiday he had ever experienced in his life which makes doing this venture satisfyingly worthwhile. I want guests to have a nice time here and when they do not, which is rare but can be the case, then inevitably there is a great sense of disappointment on my part. So it is fantastic that Dave had such a great time and was such excellent and jolly company.