Pattaya Fishing Park is the best park in Pattaya for Mekong catfish. The owner claims there are more than 3,000 fish in the pond. It’s accessible from Sukhumvit road along soi 62 or from soi Wat Boon, it’s signposted from Wat Boon soi 2. The fastest fishing is towards the far bank where the smaller fish tend to lie, 50m+ casts are needed to reach them. The larger fish are usually caught closer to the middle of the pond but casting your bait there you will not catch as many fish. The largest Mekong I have seen come out of Pattaya Fishing Park was around 50kg, the owner claims it contains Mekongs up to 85kg.
Update 12th December 2014. The price for foreigners has gone up from ฿800 to ฿1,200. They also have a new sign prohibiting customers bringing their own food and beverages into the park. Judging by the number coming out, they appear to have stocked a lot of striped catfish into the pond.
Update 20th December 2015. The price for foreigners has risen to ฿1,500. This along with the stocking of striped catfish (which means the Mekongs don’t come out as often) makes it poor value for foreigners to fish.
Update 16th July 2017. The price for foreigners has now increased to ฿2,000 and the price of bait to ฿50/kg. I’m not sure if the price for Thais has changed.
If you take your own tackle you will need some heavy gear, most people are using 30-50lb line and rods rated to 12kg+ max drag, 40lb+ line or PE 3+.
Location: 12.89203 N, 100.89517 E (see below for map)
Cost: Foreigners ฿2,500 includes rod, Thais ฿300. Bait ฿50/kg, budget on about 1kg per hour of fishing. No discount if you bring your own rod and tackle.
Size: approx 63m x 85m
Species: Mekong giant catfish 10kg – 85kg, striped catfish, Nile tilapia.
Food and drinks: available, may only be purchased from the park. Alcohol is dual priced, large Leo beer foreigners ฿100, Thais ฿70.
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Telephone: 081 652 7829
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