Having drooled over the pictures of massive mekong catfish caught at Bung samran for years ,it was always a dream to get a chance to fish there. Luckily for me, wifey & self landed up in Thailand for a holiday in end april. First we went to krabi for four days & thereafter , it was back to Bangkok for sightseeing, shopping & fishing. Not necessarily in that order. Having already tied up with "Badboy", we were picked up at 8am on the dot from our hotel & zoomed off to Bungsamran. It was a gloriously sunny day with the clouds playing hide & seek with the sun. We met Badboy at the entrance, had a glance at the & Seas tackle shop , collected our gear & set up shop at one of the open sheds.
Badboy mixed up the bait in a large bucket , rigged up the rods & launched a small bait bomb nearly 100m from the board walk. After a while, it was "FISH ON". This was the first time, I was handling mekong catfish & boy, was I surprised. The sheer brute strength of the fish was amazing. It simply pulled off line with the drag at max setting. I felt like I had hooked on a truck instead of a fish. 15 mins of sustained effort brought him close to the board walk, he took a look at me & took off back into the depths, un winding all the hard fought line. Sweat was pouring off me like a fountain. Everyone around was having a good laugh at my efforts to bring in the monster. Soon , he tired I was able to bring him close & land him. I felt like I had been put through a grinder. This was followed by a sustained series of hook ups & royal battles.
Final tally, 32 fish caught, smallest around 10 kg's & largest around 25 Kg's. All fish were caught & released without damage.
This was the most amazing fishing trip in my life. I needed a lot of Thai Massage to get back on my feet. Evey muscle in my body was screaming, but it was worth every bit. Thanks to Badboy for his amazing skills & superb angling. Will be back soon for another session.
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