This month Fish Thailand received a couple of great testimonials - the first written by Dave Brown who came fishing in Bangkok to Bungsamran Lake for the day:
'The Fish Thailand Team have just got to be the best there is, from arranging everything via email from the UK I was impressed once again to the attention to detail this team give you, from the "Meet & Greet" from the airport everything just falls into place.
Taxi's from your hotel arrive on time and when you get to your chosen venue your guide is not only waiting for you he's already started pre-baiting your swim & waiting to cast in for you.
Fished Bungsamran, fished this venue once before in Nov 2009 I kind of new what to expect (BIG fish and lots of them).
Having already caught 9 fish the 10th was a little different it didn't fizz off like the rest (Strange?) it just took off at a gentle pace just stripping line which I was powerless to stop and took me way way across the lake, my gillie told me this was a "BIG ONE" and to take my time. carefully watching where the line was going he informed other anglers on the lake (in Thai) to get there lines out the water and not to recast for a while.
After a few good pat downs with a towel on my face from my good lady wife (I was sweating that much I couldn't see a thing!) this epic battle of man verses fish took the best part of an hour just to get it ready for the net.
Then like a mini sub it emerged WOW ! we was going to need a bigger net ! With the head of this monster fish in the net another gillie took a cloth and secured the tail then on the count of 3 it took 4 of us to hall this beast of a fish onto the deck .
OMG !!!!! This was the biggest thing I'd every caught and with with a few "High 5's" from the gillys I turned around to see the whole lake stood up clapping and cheering. I HAD DONE IT ! A 177lb Mekong.
After a few pics we returned this fish back so some other lucky angler can catch this beast. Many many more fish came after this one but not as big, only 50lb + (LOL only 50+ plus)
Its not after catching this fish I have chosen to write this testimonial but its to say just how good this team really are, they really do know how to put you "on the fish" and they have a very good reputation with all the fishing guides in Thailand.
FISH-THAILAND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.'
Thank you so much Dave - pictured above (the last Mekong catfish picture displayed). Another lovely account of a days fishing was from Steve Amer of Canada.
'Fantastic day at Bungsamran! My wife and I are avid anglers back home in Canada and have been dreaming of fishing for real river monsters in Thailand for a couple of years now....During our recent trip, we decided to stay in Bangkok for a couple of days just for the chance to try our hand with the help of the guys at Fish Thailand! Within an hour of arrival, we had each landed 40+ lb. Mekong catfish, with the expert help of our excellent guide Alley...As we had only just arrived a day earlier, we were battling jet lag and the high temps and humidity were more than a minor shock to our systems, considering the -20 we had left to come here. We each caught 5 fish, before we had to call it a day and give into exhilarated exhaustion.'
Fishing in Thailand is not just for the male angler either - pictured above are just a few of the female anglers who enjoyed some fishing in Bangkok with Fish Thailand.
Jurassic Fishing Park
This new venue has proven to be a big hit - a genuine 'Jurassic Fishing Thailand' experience for the anglers who fished there this month. One of the most popular fish species in the lake is the arapaima - smallest stocked is 60kg and the biggest is well over 120kg - several were caught this month as pictured above. Carp fishing in Thailand is quite tough and often prove elusive - luckily this new venue offers Siamese carp as the most prolific fish caught each day; sometimes anglers enjoy more than 10 carp in a days fishing.