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.
After a cold night the fish were very slow to start biting. By about 4pm the fishing got a little faster. I ended the day with 5 striped catfish and 3 Mekongs, the largest just over 40kg on the scales. Thanks Mr H for the photograph.
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.
Gary arrived at the lake and fished the full Castaway package of carp rod and predator rod. Starting at 9am he caught consistently through the day netting 8 species and on a couple of occasions was into two fish at the same time needing assistance from the Castaway staff.
Beginning with Amazon red tail catfish and alligator gar in the morning before landing a beautiful lake record giant Siamese carp of 37lb 7oz (pictured below). The fish was caught using a Castaway boillie under a large foam float and ground bait ball. After this a bottle of San Miguel was sunk in celebration and he continued catching pacu, rohu, tilapia and a small Asian red tail catfish. At 4pm his fish dead bait was picked up and a 20 minute battle had begun. The result was another lake record 1.35m arapaima (pictured above). Another San Miguel beer was sunk and a few more fish caught into the evening.
Total catch 8 different species:
10 Amazon red tail catfish between 7lb and 9lb
5 pacu to 6lb
4 alligator gar to 3lb
3 tilapia to 2lb
2 rohu to 3lb
1 Siamese carp 37lb 7oz
1 arapaima 1.35 meters
1 small Asian red tail catfish
A pleasant day at Jomtien fishing park with 12 striped catfish landed the largest weighing in at 16.5kg. Nearly all the fish were were in excellent condition with little redness around their mouths. Some other fishermen landed an even larger striped catfish, probably almost 20kg.
I landed 3 striped catfish and 5 Mekongs , the largest being around 22kg. I lost about 12 more fish either pulling hooks or snapping off trying to force them away from the bungalow pilings and breaking 2 Gamakatsu size 18 hooks.
Mountain View Fishing Park is located a few kilometres outside Chonburi. It’s a medium sized pond stocked with many different species, I was targeting the Mekong catfish using light tackle. The tally for the afternoon was twelve striped catfish and one rohu.