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 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.
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I started the day about 10am and using my own tackle fished 2 predator rods. Using chicken hearts for bait I quickly hooked and landed a pacu of around 2kg. The fish kept coming in steadily, Amazon red tails, then an alligator gar and striped catfish. With its comfy seating and shaded areas under the trees this park is a very pleasant and comfortable place to spend the day. With many fish heading straight for cover I lost 3 fish to the water hyacinth. Total for the day, 3 striped catfish (largest around 3kg), 6 Amazon red tail catfish (3kg), 4 alligator gar (1.5kg) and 3 pacu (2kg). The arapaima remained elusive despite by best efforts. A friend who was also fishing landed a Siamese carp of around 15kg. The fishing may have been slowed due to the cold weather, the temperature dropped below 20 deg C the night before I visited.