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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 https://bangkokhooker.wordpress.com or http://bangkokhookerfishing.com.

Apart from that nothing has changed. All the material from the blog is still accessable. At first I thought about getting the domain name http://bangkokhooker.com 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.

love,

Oz Bangkokhooker.


Hello again anglers and friends. It is yet another cold and chilly day in the Bangtastic City of Angels. Forecasts predicts that it’s going to be a cold one all the way until the end of Wednesday. With the weather being so weird Thai people are wearing jackets in what is supposed to be the hottest period of the year.

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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


The quote “happiness only real when shared” was made famous when the fatal exploits of Christopher McCandless were made into the film Into the Wild. While I’m not exactly convinced on the “real” part I am sure that happiness can have the power to grow exponentially when shared with friends and family. This example of happiness sharing can best be explained by my most recent fishing trip to Bungsamran…

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Most of you probably don’t know this, (it’s not like I’ve been publicly advertising this nugget of information to everyone) but despite being a true-blue Bangkok angler, I’m actually not fully Thai. As a matter of fact, around fifty years ago my mom and her siblings were all born in the slums of the Kuala Lumpur. She and brothers were born to Chinese immigrants right around the corner of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, a road famously named after Malaysia’s first prime minister. So with a huge chunk of her family members still living there, we usually went on visits about twice a year. Of course, this time round I’ve sort of become a much more serious angler than I had ever been. This time round I’m the Bangkokhooker.

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A happy family

For the past few years I have made the occasional fishing trip to Kaeng Krajan national park in Petchaburi province just a few hours outside of Bangkok. When there I frequent the hospitality and the services of Ae. Ae, or Suksamran, was born in Bangkok. Tired of the city life he moved to Kaeng Krajan with his wife to live in a two bedroom home right next to one of the most beautiful reservoirs in the country.

Having successfully guided many fishermen to their trophy fish (including mine)  Ae is more than well known in the fishing community, he’s famous. Not only is he famous for knowledge of fishing and the reservoir but he’s also extremely generous. A homestay in his air-conditioned home comes with three meals, hi-speed internet connection and even a Playstation 2 and all this for B500 a night. During the day he’d take guests out on his long tail boat for an unbeatable price of B1,200 a day. Fishing gear is also provided. On top of that, Ae is also an amazing photographer armed with a digital SLR and a HD camcorder to document every single trip so that his guests could just copy or email them from his computer.

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A few days ago my sister told me about a meat eating competition happening at our friends’ restaurant, Sumi Sumi. It just so happened that I also wrote a review about this restaurant back in my days as a magazine writer (click here for the original review). The prize for winning: free beef for a year.

Where's the bathroom?

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