2016 Was a fantastic year here at Exotic Fishing Thailand and 2017 is starting off even better . The resort has matured in many ways and we are now able to offer our luxury Mountain view Bungalow suites as onsite accommodation for our many guests. The fishing continues to be outstanding as you can see if you check our customer reviews on TripAdvisor .
The bungalows were a lot of work to finish to the quality level we expected . It is not always easy to get things done here in Thailand with political loop holes and approvals etc to deal with but patience paid off with our reward coming from our customer's satisfaction..
All our spacious suites have stunning mountain views, fully stocked mini bar, free Wi-Fi, aircon , comfy beds etc and are just steps from your fishing swim.
Our restaurant continues to serve delicious Thai and International cuisine and our cooking class customers continue to have fun while our friendly staff teach them the secrets of Thai cooking .
It's been quite some time since we have done a newsletter/ catch report . As technology changes at a rapid pace we have found that a more efficient way of keeping customers up to date on our numerous monster catches is with the use of facebook and frequent posts.
If you want to keep up to date on our regular catches and resort news you can follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Exotic-Fishing-Thailand-427820143951674/?ref=bookmarks or me personally at https://www.facebook.com/Mike.bailey.EFT
We have also been filming "LIVE" facebook videos of anglers catching their dream fish and are finding this to be of great interest to customers . If you dont want to miss our next LIVE catch then make sure to set up your facebook live notification and watch us catch live some time soon . We are seeing more and more people watch with each live video we do. Personally I think it wont be long before this is the new standard in Thai fishing catch coverage .
Arapaima continue to be the main target for customers . Customers catch specimen fish most days .We are the still the only venue with an Arapaima Guarantee when you stay with us for a week and pay full price.
There have been some great Siamese carp coming out both on the lum/rice powder set up on the bottom and on the method below the float . We have a lot of carp anglers ask about bringing certain baits from the UK . They are more than welcome to bring high quality name brands with our prior approval but frankly we have more success on the traditional Thai baits.
For any Carp anglers wanting to use PVA bags we have no problem with that so bring as many as you like ..
We use polystyrene balls to in order to achieve neutral buoyancy for the hooks on our carp rigs but anglers are welcome to use pop ups if they want to try their favorites.
As always there have been a lot of Exotic monsters coming out . One of the most sought after by specimen anglers is the Goonch catfish . We have a very good stocking of Goonch to 35kg +
Our Wallagoo Leeri are another favorite target of many anglers .There are several which are real monsters like this beast caught by a German customer .
The Wallagoo is one of 7 species we have over 50 kg. I am always looking for number 8 species .. This Salween Rita estimated at 35 to 40 kg caught by Jan from Belgium is getting close.
Like most of our fish the Asian Redtails are also piling on the weight with fish of 30kg coming out every month .
The stunning Tiger Shovelnose Catfish with its beautiful markings makes everyone's top 5 list.
A rare main lake catch these days is the Arowana . This specimen was caught by a Canadian angler on a piece of chicken of all things
Another Wallagoo which makes the list every month is the Wallagoo Attu . This smaller relative of the Leeri usually falls victim to a fish bait ..
Amazon Redtails are always a crowd pleaser and often the number one target of first time visitors . These fish are also getting more chunky by the month ...
With the most voracious appetite of all our fish the Chao Phraya Catfish are caught almost daily with some monsters reaching 60 kg+.
Our Mekong catfish continue to grow and punish our customers with their grueling runs and long fights.We have broken the 300lb mark quite a few times and are anxiously waiting for a 400lber to be landed .
Fly fishing is still very popular here with a very good chance of landing one of our monster Arapaima on a day ticket..
Our plan of offering numerous weird and wonderful species for customers to catch while they wait for that fish of a lifetime is working well . Exotic species like the Ripsaw catfish are a regular occurrence ..These fish are also growing very well and becoming fish of a lifetime in their own right .
I never imagined that the Albino Pacus which I stocked at about the same size as my hand would grow so quickly and become such a popular and beautiful catch :).
We had our second Arapaima triple header in the last year . We have lots of triple hook ups but we only consider it a triple header when the fish were caught in adjacent or the same swims . We look forward to more of these in the future as we continue our aggressive Arapaima stocking program.
Arapaima are a very sensitive species with some venues losing stocks regularly .. Here at EFT we seem to have the ideal environment for them. The combination of 5 meter maximum depths and the lake being spring fed keep the water cool even in the warmest months .Our fish care and handling procedures combined with customer education are also helping to maintain our valued stocks .
We have changed a few staff over the last year but I am proud to say we have maintained our most experienced guides as well as hired some more good ones.They continue to get rave reviews from our customers for their hard work , efforts and customer service. Our industry leading guides each have different levels of English but always find a way to communicate . Rain or shine these guys give 100% everyday to try to help customers maximize their catch and to make sure they have everything they need to make every day enjoyable.
Family fishing remains a priority and we can always be flexible for large family groups. We still have our exclusive family package where parent and child under 16 can fish for 7490 baht with 4 rods in the same swim
We would like to thank all returning customers and we are always happy to welcome new friends.
Its amazing how many new friends we have made since we opened . Some feel more like family and we are always looking forward to their return .
A special thanks to Lee not only for being a trustworthy friend but also for his help and support in taking care of our booth at The Big One show .
We also had the pleasure of working with James Stokoe and appreciate his ongoing support . James will be offering some hosted trips in the future for both fly fishing and bait fishing for Arapaima so keep an eye open for that ..
As we continue to work hard to maintain Exotic Fishing Thailand as one of the best fisheries in Thailand we would also like to thank everyone for their kind reviews,comments and especially referrals . Word of mouth is the best sales tool in my opinion so thank you for sharing your experiences here, with your fishing friends and family. ..
There are some unbelievable fishing opportunities in Thailand and truly amazing fish for visitors to catch. The Thai fishing scene continues to grow at an amazing rate as more people find out what Thailand has to offer.
The beauty of fishing is that it can be enjoyed on many levels. My advice to potential visitors is to do your research so you know what you are paying for. Thai fisheries vary from Premier specimen lake resorts to smaller ponds with higher catch rates of smaller fish and less species . There are lots of useful tools available these days such as Facebook,Trip advisor and fishing forums etc. You work hard for your money so don't be disappointed and make sure to get the value you deserve.
As we head into the low season[ July to October] the lake is not overly busy . This is a great time to fish with us as the fishing is excellent . Some recent lucky anglers have even had the lake to themselves..
To encourage customers to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities at this time of year we have come up with what we consider the ultimate fishing package.
The Exotic Fishing Thailand "Green Season " Fishing Special is an amazing opportunity to catch some of our Exotic Monsters at a seasonally reduced price ... Fish and stay 10 days for the normal price of 7 days .[SAME AS 3 DAYS FREE]. That's 6600 baht 150 GBP.. per day [1500 GBP total] including our Luxury accommodation , American breakfast and unlimited bait ... This amazing Special runs from July10th 2017 to October 10th 2017 . This is a great time of year to Catch so DONT MISS OUT !!!! Contact Mike direct by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As the word continues to spread about our amazing venue we are unfortunately victims of our own success.We are already fully booked for some high season dates .. Contact us any time and we will be more than happy to give you a price and discuss available dates for your next serious fishing outing or family vacation
A reminder for bookings ;- Email us at email@example.com or contact through our website at www.exoticfishingthailand.com . Our phone number is +66883799377 but a friendly reminder WE ARE ON THAI TIME :) so 6 hours ahead of London UK ..