As it had been a cold night before I wasn’t expecting a great days fishing but I was pleasantly surprised. The day started quite slowly with a catla carp of around 5kg. I then caught my first Asian red tail catfish which tipped the scales at 6.4kg. This was followed by a small Amazon red tail catfish of around 5kg and another bigger catla carp of around 7kg.
By late afternoon the fishing was getting faster. I hooked into another Amazon red tail which put up a huge fight, unfortunately we didn’t weigh it but I guess it was around 10-12kg. This was followed by a small arapaima of maybe 10kg. I was told by the owner that this was the smallest arapaima in the lake. The day ended with another Amazon red tail catfish of around 8kg. All in all a cracking day with several very small Nile tilapia and silver barb, 3 Amazon red tail catfish, 2 catla carp, 1 Asian red tail catfish and 1 arapaima.
I highly recommend Fishoholics, it’s a great place to stay for a few days with good food, clean rooms and great fishing and it’s all very reasonably priced.
Another great day at the new Bungsamran. With the assistance of a friend who has fished Bungsamran a lot and recommended using light tackle I set up a PE6 rod with a large fixed spool reel and 35lb monofilament. I started with a Mekong on the scales at 38kg, followed by another on the scales at 35.5kg. I then got dragged most of the length of the pier by an even bigger Mekong, unfortunately we were nowhere near the scales when we hauled it out but I’m guessing it was somewhere around 45kg. I followed these with two more Mekongs over 30kg and two more in the low 20kg range. Sometime after the 5th Mekong I landed a Siamese carp which weighed in at 12.5kg. The way to catch at Bungsamran at the moment seems to be lighter gear and longer rods to enable longer casts, long mono hook links, feeder set deep and casting towards the middle of the lake. There were no close in fights like at old Bungsamran, all the fish headed out towards deep water. Do not leave your tackle or bags unattended. I saw a couple of locals trying the locks on several of the nets chained up on the pier.
Fishing peg number 4 as a friend wanted to try fishing the start of the pier, we were well away from the favoured areas for Mekongs. I landed one Mekong catfish of around 25kg and three Siamese carp the largest 10.7kg.
It’s been a while since I last fished Baetong so Friday night I gave it another go. In approximately 3 hours I landed six striped catfish the largest around 6kg, and one rohu of approx 3kg. I doesn’t look like the owners have spent much on maintenance recently with the place looking rather run down.
My first day at the new Bungsamran fishing park. As there were no bread skins I started off using rice husks. First fish landed was a Mekong giant catfish of around 22kg. I landed 5 more Mekongs all above 20kg, the largest around 28kg (62 lb). Late afternoon I switched to breadcrumbs and landed three small Siamese carp, the largest weighed in at 4.3kg. I also caught two rohu, the largest tipped the scales at 3.5kg. The rohu and Siamese carp would have been great fun on light tackle but I was tooled up for Mekongs so they were very easily reeled in. A friend caught a 14kg Amazon red tail catfish which put up a good scrap despite being caught on some very strong tackle. A promising start for the new Bungsamran.
Another great day at Supin. Fished on light tackle this is a fun pond. I landed 6 tilapia, 3 striped catfish, and one Mekong catfish. My largest fish was a striped catfish on the scales at 8.9kg, a friend had a great fight with a Mekong which eventually weighed in at 14kg.
Another good day at Castaway. While I was there someone caught a nice arapaima and another fisherman caught an alligator gar. As usual John the owner was a jovial host. I ended the day with 2 striped catfish and 8 Amazon red tailed catfish, the largest around 7kg.
Another great days fishing at Mountain View. My targets for the day were a pacu for the barbecue and a Mekong catfish on light tackle. I started off with four striped catfish, all around the 4kg mark. Mid afternoon I hooked a pacu, just what I wanted, it weighed in at 2.65kg. A bit big for the barbecue, I ended up filleting it. It’s sizzling in the frying pan now as I type this. A friend caught the marble goby pictured below, these are highly prized as a food fish in Thailand although I have never eaten one. I ended the day with a few more striped catfish.
A great first day’s fishing for me at Pattaya Arapaima Park. The first fish landed was an arapaima of around 25kg. It put up a great fight for about ten minutes rising out of the water shaking it’s head. Unfortunately we were unable to get a good photograph of it. The next 3 fish were all small walking catfish. I also landed a small Mekong catfish. Just as I was about to pack up in the evening I hooked into another walking catfish. This one put up a good fight and weighed in at just over 4kg.