June 13, 2015
We would like to thank our latest ‘Ambassador-at-large’ Mike B for his post on ‘Fishing in Thailand’
In his first post Mike tells us a little bit about himself and his all consuming passion for fishing. In future posts we will hear more about his actual experiences while fishing in Thailand along with tips and suggestions on locations through-out the Kingdom.
“I am what is commonly known as a fishing fanatic and have been pursuing my passion for more years than I care to remember. As a kid back in England if my dad told me we were going fishing the next day then I would spend that night lying awake picturing the whole day to come. Nothing has much changed in the intervening 40 plus years and I still fish as often as I can, in as many different places as I can and for as many different species as I can”.
“I have since moving to Thailand done no more than follow my dreams and have been catching exotic fish all over Thailand, including from my own fishing lake/resort here in the province of Phang Nga Southern Thailand”.
“One of my favourite fishing quotes is from someone who may not be known for this sport but more for his chosen profession as a golfer”.
King of the River
Thailand is the perfect place to fish for those that like their sport on the warm side, with three out of Four of the world’s largest fresh water fish native to Thailand and with all four here in the Kingdom sparing to be king of river. The title holder is presently the Mekong Catfish (Pangasianodon gigas) , the largest ever recorded was landed in 2005 it was almost nine feet long (2.7 meters) and weighed in at a colossal 646lb (293 kilos), then comes the monster of the carp family the Giant Siamese Carp (Catlocarpio siamensis) which can grow to almost to the same weight as the Mekong Catfish the remaining two heavy weight contenders are the Giant Freshwater Stingray (Himantura chaophraya) and the equally as formidable if not a native to the Kingdom, Arapaima (Arapaima gigas; native of the Amazon, not found in the rivers of this country but can be fished in a number of Thai lakes, resorts and parks). Any one of these beautiful fish can make or break a fisher-man’s heart.
Something to bear in mind is that in Thai folklore, the Mekong Catfish is regarded with reverence, and special rituals are followed and offerings are made before fishing it.
If you would like to know more just drop me a line and I will get back to you