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Hi folks,

for a while now I have had a facebook page for this blog. However, now that it has exceeded 100 “likes” I can no longer change the name of the facebook page from “” to something simpler like “Bangkok Hooker”.

Anyway, I have created the new fan page right HERE. So if you have a facebook account and a minute to spare please log in to the facebook account to follow this blog on facebook and who knows, maybe someday we’ll link up from there and have an epic fishing trip somewhere!

Also, I am in the process of transferring this blog into a account (not so that I can just add the facebook page’s like box right on to the website but until then we’ll have to do it the old school way.

Here’s the link again.

Once again, thank you all for your readership. It is your comments and visits that keep me writing about fishing in Thailand and there will always be more to come.

Much love,

Oz Bangkokhooker.


Yup, I’ve gone and done it. I’ve gone and purchased my own domain name. What does this mean? Not much really. The blog now can be accessed by going to both or

Apart from that nothing has changed. All the material from the blog is still accessable. At first I thought about getting the domain name but realised two things: (1) it was already taken by quite a talented photographer; and (2) it’ll really get way too many people coming in looking for another kind of “Bangkok hooker”.

Either way, thanks for sticking with the blog for all this time. I’ll continue to bring more information about fishing in Thailand for every one free of charge.


Oz Bangkokhooker.


“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

Just added some photos of some recent fishing expeditions here and there.

Click the tab above or here to access the Bangkokhooker and friends section.

Enjoy 🙂

OK, here you go fellow anglers, the page for Amazon BKK can be accessed here or in the drop-down tab above.


Tight lines!

This past Wednesday I did two things that I haven’t done in a while: go fishing and drive in my car.


Believe it or not, it has been about 8 months since I’ve last driven my car as it has been sitting away in some garage waiting for some taxi company’s insurance policy to fix up thanks to some jack ass…. (read all about said jackass HERE). Yeah, Thailand kind of sucks when it comes to getting things done in a timely matter. As for fishing it had been about 35 days (I think) since I’ve let the line touch the water.


To get back into it all I decided to get to the new and improved Pilot 111 barramundi pond! Not only does it hold barramundi and snakehead now but it’s also now home to more species such as the Mekong giant catfish, striped snakehead, featherback, pacu and rock catfish!


I think that fishing can sometimes be addictive the same way gambling is addictive. Usually when you are about to quit, something slightly positive happens just to draw you in a little more. I had my very own little slot machine moment learning how to fly fish at the Pilot pond just recently.

As I stood there in the muddy lawn of the fishing pond getting my shoes all dirty while getting blisters on my hand from continuously casting the fly rod back and forth I had to deal with a morning of no bites. My very low experience on the fly rod probably had something to do with the no bites situation.

But then…. Just when I thought that I was about to give up fly fishing my line got tight. It was like waiting for a phone call all day only to get it just when you take your pants off to go to the bathroom: I was not prepared and in my surprise I snapped the tippet line and lost my only solid bite all day. However, the excitement was more than enough to convince me to head back out to the area to do it all over again…


It’s good to be back!


For more information regarding the new and improved Pilot 111 click HERE.

Hello fellow hookers,

it’s been a while since my last fishing trip and for that I am sorry. With very little fishing there is very little to update and that is thanked partly to me spending more time doing other things (island hopping, boxing training and French lessons woo hoo!).


So I write today to apologise while making a public promise that by the end of next week I’ll be writing about fishing in the Land of Smiles again. This time I will either be exploring the Pilot 111 pond and their new upgrades or Bangkok’s new Arapaima pond.


As for other fishing updates, here’s one for giant freshwater lure fishermen: the monsoon season has finally arrived in full force in Thailand (flood all across Korat and the Northeast). Though it is about three and a half months late (usually it starts in July), thanks to a record-breaking drought, it is back therefore fishing for the mama snakehead should start up again soon. However, according to P’ Ae of Kaeng Krajan, the water level there is still low so chances of giant snakehead spawning are still low (thanks to political corruption) but the barbs are getting aggressive so there are some good news.

Oh well, till next time tight lines my fellow hookers.