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Joined: 09 Apr 2006
Location: Surrey, UK
|Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:45 pm Post subject:
Though we are not specialized in saltwater fishing, I can say we know our homework when it comes to saltwater. My "boys" Kik, Noi and Nok love saltwater fishing as much as freshwater. I do too.
We have managed trips at sea, either in the Gulf of Siam, or in the Similans, since 2002. We usually organize 4-5 trips a year, during October to February, mainly for return clients who asked me for it. I just keep quiet about saltwater fishing, not promoting it on my website, simply because I already have difficulties to catch up with the mail. It would be even worse if I had to get additional mail for saltwater. I type emails with a single finger .....got to guide almost daily on top of it....trying my best to make miracles daily.....but I can't do it all though I try hard...
The amount of angler's request of information I receive weekly is such that I just cannot answer to everyone. I always felt bad & guilty - as a matter of politeness - about the fact I am unable to reply to all.
We went at the end of October on the very first trip of the new fishing season in the Gulf of Siam, guiding there a family from France, the Herve family from Brittany. Fishing was pretty good. We had a nice variety of marine fish catches: including sailfish, several narrow-barred mackerel, a lovely bamboo shark, and a big quantity of various bottom fish species.
On our second trip, at the beginning of November, we guided this time 2 UK clients based in Hong Kong. A father & his 10 years old son, Keith and Andrew Purton, several times return clients. We caught there again a huge variety of marine species: sailfish, narrow-barred mackerel, queenfish, garfish, all the rest being numerous & sometimes strange marine fish species of small & medium size, all caught bottom fishing on light tackle. We did particulary well with Fingermark snappers, catching 40 of them in the 1-3 kg mark.
We scored a total of around 600 fish catches in 3 & a half days + 3 nights fishing.
I caught so many fishes myself, all hooked up on light tackle, sleeping only a little & fishing most of the time, that my wrist was still sore when I got back to shore. Sore from having pumped them fishes nonstop. I reeled in so many of them that the butt of my light tackle rod, squeezed under my armpit while playing & pumping them fish, finally went through the fabric of my T.shirt, making a big hole in it. Imagine the kind of fishing action we had!
The highlight of the trip to me was the catch of a Scribbled Leatherjacket (Aluterus scriptus), a marine species I had never caught before, in soon 21 years of fishing all around the country. Due to the fact that particular species is rarely caught on rod & line in that area of the Gulf of Siam, that catch was even sweeter to me!
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