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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 8:41 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 11:06 pm 
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Speechless :)

Awesome catfishes there. Glad you have had a trip of a lifetime. Wish you have some more. Even glad your better half was there with you to support. In my case I once tried and giving her the fishing rod and guess what a sole EAT the bait the hook enter the intestines but still she did not realize :) now every time that pic comes up theres a boasting :)

Cheer mate - DeZZ


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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 12:57 am 
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Really glad you had such a blast! the sizes of the fish are massive! Once in a lifetime for me for sure! It is definitely worth the money I suppose :P :P :P

Congratulations for the wonderful catches!

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Bow Wow Wowser .... Huge CAtfish!!! Congrats on the amazing catches ... Wishing you many more!


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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 8:05 am 
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Those massive fishes :D !!


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Congrats :D


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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 10:38 am 
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Congrats Col. am sure you had great fun.. did you get to fish for othe species as well...
BTW are you back in town.. hope you picked up some tackle there too.

see you around in pune .. gimme a call if you are here.. theres game afoot..


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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 11:22 am 
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Truely amazing. Thanks for sharing the pics. BTW did you try for snakeheads or sea fishing?


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Nice one mate!


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Well done Pratap will catch up for the finer details........


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mindblowing catches ! congratulations sir on the wonderful trip.

thanks for sharing ..

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 11:52 am 
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Monster catfish caught. Congrats for the fish caught and happy fishing.


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Congrats for a lifetime experience.. Did you meet up Helias ?

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Congrats col saab.

Those are huge beautiful catfishes.


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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 10:37 am 
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Hi, Reply to all mails.

Thanks for all the kind words. I definitely had a great time. I was targeting Mekong catfish only. Saw many massive Arapaima,s & Siamese Carp weighing above fifty kilos each but would have needed differnt tackle & bait. I got three striped catfish, but could not take photos as they have huge spines on their pectoral fins & tend to thrash around a lot out of water. For snakehead & other fish you will have to head out to rivers in the North. Plan to do so in my next trip. The guides are very knowledgeable & have worked regularly with Angling greats like Jeremy Wade & others.

I met Helias's wife but could not meet him as he was out of town. The annual Bangkok Tackle manufacturers exhibition was also on at this time.Fabulous display of tackle from all the big manufacturers. The tackle was generally of the very heavy sea fishing type. Lots of japanese manufacturer's (Ryobi), superb stuff. Could pick up some tackle. Main problem being the Airline weight limitations. By the end , I was totally zapped & could not even lift a finger. Worth every penny.


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hey nice fish there 8) 8) 8) congrates

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Cavalier


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Hi Apoo,

Did try some sea fishing at Ao Nang ,Krabi. Not very successful. Got 12 croakers , size varying from 400gm to 3 kgs. Phi Phi Islands are the most beautiful islands, I have ever seen in my life. Movies like "Beach', "kaho na Pyaar hai", "Man with the Golden Gun " & many others were shot here. Lots of Coral reefs teeming with fish. Went for snorkelling & the experience of being surrounded by thousands of reef fish is amazing.

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 4:42 pm 
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Hi
The leader of Punheri machhimar gang .....amazing in phoren land also. The smile /glow on your face is reflecting all the joy ,and thanks for sharing this joy.


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Great Going Nair Saheb, some very nice Mecong cats. It must have been a blast landing all those fishes. Heartiest congratulations.

Did you hooked in to any serious monster of this lake. :?:

Will catch up with you one of these days to hear the complete story..

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Ali.


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congrats ...


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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 11:25 am 
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Ali Bhai,

Thanks for the good wishes. It was indeed a training lesson from the guide, in handling & landing these massive fishes. The guide started me off with the smaller 10 Kg guys & taught me how to turn the fish using the rod, how to control the fish when he was close to the boardwalk, how to prevent the fish from tangling the line around the wooden posts below the board , how to conserve energy while fighting a big fish, etc. Most of all, he taught me patience in fighting a big fish. I lost about 8 fish because of bad hookup's. After graduating to the bigger guy's , I lost a real monster weighing above 40 Kgs. I manged to bring him close to me after 45 mins but while landing the fish, the line somehow got tangled around the the rod tip & the line snapped. Wish we had such superbly organised setup's in our country also.

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Awesome!!!


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Congratulations Sir,

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Congrats and great fishing Sirjee...enjoyed every pics

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Ohhhh waooo, Congrats, superb catch!!!


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I saw this link posted up on another forum a little while back and thought it might be handy for anyone visiting Thailand on a budget.
http://www.john-tom.com/FishingInThaila ... iland.html
There are parks that have monster fish and charge very high prices but the majority are reasonable and it's only the tour companies arranging the trips that will empty your pocket.


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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 5:14 pm 
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Hi,

Thanks for the kind words. As correctly put by Ken, a lot of businessmen ( especially expats) have caught on to this extremely lucrative business of luring anglers from across the world to fish at well stocked ponds. They charge really fancy prices ( eg :Gilhams at Krabi) for an out of the world experience. The ponds are very well stocked & cater to all tastes & offer the chance of catching the fish of a lifetime (trophy fishes). But if you do your homework properly you can hire decent tackle, pay for entry, bait & an experienced guide for approx Rs 3500/- for a days fishing. You can go cheaper if you are carrying your own tackle.
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Cavalier.


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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 8:15 pm 
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Congrats Cavalier on such a fantastic fishing trip.
Nice cat fish.
Thanks for sharing.

Ravi


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