Posts Tagged ‘striped snakehead’


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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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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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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