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Almost three years ago I was in a position where I almost quit fishing out of frustration. Being so new to the game I was like everyone else: super eager to land a trophy fish without the skills or experience required. Already I was disheartened by the fact that I couldn’t catch a snakehead of any kind after so many attempts. What pushed me almost to the boiling point was my introduction to the Texas Chuan Chom fishing pond.

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“The one that got away”. Yeah, you’ve probably all heard the expression way too many times. Every angler experiences this phenomenon at least once in his/her fishing career. It’s normal to occasionally lose an amazing catchdue to its difficulty. Would a magnificent fish be as magnificent should it be caught very easily? Of course not, it is in the difficulties that we face in each catch that allows us to appreciate the fruits of our labour.

With that in mind let me start today’s little story about how the one that got away got caught by someone else.

Last Sunday I headed to Texas Chuan Chom with a couple of my friends. This was my second visit to the fishing pond dedicated to the Texas rig method fishing. During my first visit two years ago it was a totally fruitless trip. No bites whatsoever. This pond’s striped snakehead pond (pond number four) is as difficult as Dead Space 2 on zealot mode (okay maybe just survivalist). With the “rubber and soft plastic lures only” rule, the striped snakeheads have been accustomed to the lure and have become extremely cautious when putting random soft things in their mouths.

After many attempts at getting a bite in pond number four I was about to pack up and head home. Then, like a pretty girl flashing a smile at the bar just before I’ve decided to call it a night, I was convinced to stay on after witnessing something spectacular. One the surface of the water of pond four I spotted what looked like champagne bubbles. It was a school of small giant snakehead fry, and occasionally surfacing beside them was a big parent the size of a leg keeping guard of would-be predators. Looks like the fish had slipped by the pond dividers and started a family in pond number four.

Despite my good fortune of finding such an opportunity, the chance of catching a fully grown giant snakehead parent was missed. After two missed strikes on my surface lure the snakehead parent took its fry and swam away. I packed up and accepted that the day’s giant snakehead would join the collection of “the one that got away”. My second attempt at the Texas pond was fruitless.

It was only a couple of days later that some salt was added to the wounds. Saek, the pond owner, sent some pictures to my cellphone. He called me afterwards saying, “someone has caught the giant snakehead you were chasing!” Rats. In most cases when a fish has gotten away, chances are you will never see it again since there are so many fishes in the water and identifying an individual fish would be near impossible. When a pond has only one parent giant snakehead wandering in a pool filled with striped snakeheads, indentifcation becomes certain. Seeing the giant snakehead in the arms of another was salt to the wounds, being told that it bit on the first cast was chili and fish sauce on top.

 

Haha, oh well good on him. I’ll have my chance again sometime! Till then, tight lines and hope you enjoy the new page on Texas Chuan Chom as well as the google map locations I have added to every pond to make navigation easier!

 

Further reading:

giant snakehead

striped snakehead

How to catch the giant snakehead

Texas Chuan Chom


Recently I have been getting into this whole twitter thing and I must say, it’s got some really funny shit!  One particular tweet caught my eye today and I find it surprisingly quite for fishing in Thailand or fishing in general. The tweet was by PeterGriffinJr, a parody account that mimics the comic style of well.. Peter Griffin of Family Guy. The tweet goes like this, “Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny. If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich.”

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There have been several Amazon fishing ponds popping up around Thailand as of late. Most of them seem to proudly feature the arapaima as a target species. I know of at least two ponds in the Hua Hin/Cha-am area, one in Ratchaburi, at least three in Bangkok, at least one in Pattaya and at least one in Chiang Mai that have the arapaima gigas amongst their stock. With the Discovery Channel show River Monsters featuring this Amazonian goliath this specie’s acclaim undoubtedly grew even more.

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Wow! One minute I am sitting on the water’s edge with a fishing rod in my hand and all the sudden a whole damn year has gone by! Sometime, as an angler, I spend all my free time either fishing and when I am not fishing I’m thinking about the next trip. Having just so little time left in the year I’ve been going fishing as much as possible because quite frankly, fishing in Thailand is just plain awesome. Now that all the parties and big feasts have ended I find that it is worth a minute to step back into the prior year and take a quick look at all the good fishing that I have done thus, here are The Best Bangkokhooker Catches of 2010!

5. Fly fishing for the giant snakehead

Fish species: giant snakehead

Date: Sometime in December 2010

Description: When John got me introduced to fly fishing I immediately knew that there was going to be a lot more fly fishing in the future. With my new found love for the old school art form I found myself making weekly visits to Pilot 111.

Prior to December 2010 the thought of catching a giant snakehead via fly was still something incomprehensible. It simply wasn’t something that had ever crossed my mind as possible. It was like the thought of riding a bicycle without wheels: entertaining yet not really something you’d actually do when sober.

However, I wasn’t exactly intoxicated with any chemical substances, just a whole lot of enthusiasm. After about an hour on the giant snakehead pond while using some of my homemade flies I finally hooked a giant snakehead. Fighting it with the fly line was something completely new. With all the tension of the fight in my finger tips instead of the reel every tug and every pull from the fish would burn its way into my flesh. It was an epic first time that I’d never forget.

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A year ago I started this blog as an outlet to my fishing. A year later this humble blog has reached just over 9,000 views. Yay!

I’ve made some very good friends from this blog and over the past few weeks I’ve made two more very good new friends: David Mailland and Nicolas (Nico) Borreau from Predators Fishing Magazine, France’s only lure-fishing magazine.

Here to make a report about fishing in Thailand our French anglers have found me through this very blog. We made our first physical meeting at Bungsamran. I was at the beginning of yet another painfully exciting Mekong all-nighter. Our two Frenchmen being fresh off the airplane were immediately woken up by the sight of some giant catfish. After hooking a big Mekong, I handed the stiff carp rod to Nico. For the next fifteen minutes I watched the veins bulge out of Nico’s neck as he heaved and pulled in the biggest fish he had ever landed. He squatted down and lifted the big fish up with all his might. Despite never having had a go at a Mekong, Nico successfully landed his fish. His technique was definitely worthy of his corporate sponsorship.

Time for the landing net

His biggest fish ever.

Of course, being lure fishermen this wasn’t their thing so we made ourselves some plans to go do what they do best.

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The old adage goes as follows: the grass is always greener on the other side. That is unless of course, if you had physically gone to the other side, brought back some foreign grass seeds and grew it on your own damn side of the hill so that no one else would have to ever go to the other side again. The same goes for us Thai folks with fishing. Sooner or later the same old Mekong giant catfish or giant snakehead is going to start to look as mundane as any other blade of grass found in your backyard. Our solution: open up a pond fishing pond stocked up with fish from somewhere else.

So the desire for something different to fish for spawned the idea of fishing ponds stocked with (more…)