A tough days fishing at Ngao Nam with one foul hooked striped catfish and a Mekong giant catfish of 28Kg.
Having browsed a few websites and read reports of Mekong giant catfish of up to 140Kg, we thought we would head to Bangkok to try and catch some. We left Pattaya about 9am and after a minor navigational cock-up that had us driving through central Bangkok, arrived at Ngao Nam just before 11.30. The lake is an impressive size, I’m guessing at about 75 metres x 600 metres. It’s ฿150 to fish here and the lake is open 24 hours a day. One of the guides helped us choose and mix the bait, it’s quite expensive at Ngao Nam and cost around ฿750 for two of us for the day.
The fishing started out quite slow but picked up mid-afternoon after we switched from fishing on the bottom to using floats. I ended the day with 3 Mekongs all around 15Kg, my friend landed 7 the largest of which was around 23Kg and twice broke off using 30lb line. The average size of Mekongs landed that day was rather disappointing, I understand they lost a lot of fish in the 2011 floods but I was expecting to see a few decent sized fish come out. If anyone is interested in fishing this place the location is: 13.74599 N, 100.37266 E.