“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

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Watching the news these past few days has been heart-breaking. First the earthquake that shook Japan, then the devastating tsunami, followed by many more aftershocks and to top it off there are now all these nuclear plants leaking radiation everywhere. Still, in a time of crisis we see the Japanese spirit shining through the devastation and today I wish to share with the rest  of the world a light-hearted story the best exemplifies this inspirational quality.

This story happened to my childhood friend Roj in his apartment situated in downtown Tokyo in a location that is just minutes away from the Tokyo Tower. At 2:06pm, our friend enjoyed a lazy afternoon in his one-bedroom apartment following a hard night of work. He picked up his phone and made an order for something rewarding. He ordered sushi.

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Fishing in Thailand is fun. Totally fun. Ponds, canals, rivers, reseroirs, lakes and payponds. We have it all. But sometimes, an angler, for many reasons, can’t get to the water to get his/her line wet. Whether it is work, money, family, needy girlfriends or any other reasons, sometimes a hooker just can’t get his fix and has to resort to some home-based alternatives. Namely, fishing shows on TV.

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

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Fishing can be many things. Some fish to feed their family. Some fish to make a living. Some people find fishing as a therapeutic way to pass the time. Some people find it as a sport. In Thailand some geniuses have come up with a whole new way to enjoy the art of angling simply with this logic: Fishing is fun. Gambling is fun. Therefore, combining the two is LEGENDARY.

In the country of my home, we Thais practice a game I call fishing roulette. Since gambling is illegal in the Kingdom of Thailand, this game is usually inconspicuously named “kaeng tok plaa” (แข่งตกปลา), literally “fishing competition” because hey, if it’s a competition it’s technically not gambling now is it? Thai law is funny.

Fishing roulette or fishing competitions can be found at some of the cheaper pay ponds like Chok Anun fishing pond and are usually held on Sundays.

The most popular fish to be used for this game is the striped catfish aka plaa sawai. Since they are all over the place and ridiculously easy to catch they make the game way more exciting.

The game’s rules are as follows:

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