THE "FISH THE EXOTIC " JANUARY CATCH REPORT

January was a super month here at EFT with fantastic weather and lots of happy customers enjoying the Exotic Fishing ,the delicious food and the amazing scenery . If you would like to read some testimonials from our customers then please check our T…



January was a super month here at EFT with fantastic weather and lots of happy customers enjoying the Exotic Fishing ,the delicious food and the amazing scenery . If you would like to read some testimonials from our customers then please check our Trip advisor account which has been open for some time now. There are now almost 40 reviews if you are looking for customer feedback on their visits here.


It was a busy month in the kitchen with some more new activities for visiting guests.


I had a new experience personally this month as I got bit by a scorpion .....OUCH!!!. I had gone to the bathroom in the night and got back into bed when I felt something strange on my arm . I swatted at whatever it was and then felt something hit my nose .. At that point I jumped out of bed and turned on the light only to find a small Scorpion on the floor .. My arm and nose both started to feel strange like I had been stung by a bee..

First job was to flush the Scorpion and secondly to Google "scorpion stings in Thailand" :)... After confirming that they are generally nothing more than a Bee sting which lasts for about 3 hours I calmed down and tried to get back to sleep . That was of course after searching the bedroom 5 times to see if it had any friends .. I cant figure out where the scorpion came from other than he might of got in through the bathroom window or through an open door during the day ...Needless to say I check any clothes especially underwear before getting dressed these days ,just in case:)..


Even though we have our custom EFT catch reports it is still very difficult to write these news letters as there are usually names and other information missing .I have now asked that all names be put on the reports by our staff as we check in our guests ...People do however mark down their catches and if anything they miss a few fish out rather than add fish they didn"t catch .. As a result we think our catch reports are quite accurate and if anything are conservative and understate the total number of fish caught .

.We are not sure who caught this huge Giant Featherback and didn't want a photo ,but Lek as always was happy to get in for a photo... Many times customers don't understand the significance of a certain catch of a specific species and aren't interested in a photo ..If you would like a photo but dont want to get into the water then our guides are usually happy to oblige .


This Albino Sawai Catfish was one of 476 fish caught in January by over 100 anglers.. Our catch rate remained at 4+ fish per angler day with 26 different species being caught


There were lots of Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European guests catching lots of different species throughout the month ..Here is one satisfied Russian customer with a plump Ripsaw catfish


I was helping guide this group and had to go for a swim as a result of not following my own advise .. I was adjusting the line and didn't have the bait runner engaged . The rod shot off the rod pod and into the lake . Having made this mistake several times over the years my Hippo like reflexes instantly kicked in and following a huge belly flop the rod was back in my hands .. I handed the rod to the customer who landed a nice Siamese Carp while I crawled out of the lake with a pulled groin ...:(


As I have mentioned before Russian anglers love a group fish photo even for a not so Giant , Giant Gourami


The next group photo was definitely justified when one angler caught this beautiful Arapaima .


It wasn't just the men catching as the only lady in the group managed this attractive Amazon Redtail.


It is not the best photo but we wanted to show the group effort in landing this huge Mekong with nearly all Russians participating .. The fish was hooked at 630 and the group had to delay their taxi and almost missed the ferry back to their hotel ..


This is one of our many Ripsaw catfish which are so fat that it looks like they have been inflated with air ..


Here is a nice Siamese Carp which was actually hooked twice before it was ready for this photo .. The fish ate the Lum on the float rod before it screamed off and after a line tangle on the spool broke the line.. Someone suggested we try to catch the fish as the float could be seen bobbing here and there around the lake .. I had the bright idea to head out in the bait/paddle boat :)


I could see the float occasionally coming up , but every time I got within casting distance to cast over the dragged line it would submerge . The cat and mouse game continued for some time . I can be very determined at times and there is no way I was going to paddle back to shore empty handed. I decided to just sit in the middle of the lake in the area where the float was bobbing up and down and wait for it to come up close to me .. The strategy paid off and after a few bad casts I finally cast over the trailing line between the float and the fish and managed to secure the line with some primitive knots ..

I still didnt know what kind of fish had broke the line so I was thinking Mekong catfish .. I fought the fish carefully while paddling to the closest swim. I signaled to the angler who had been anxiously watching the goings on .. He ran over and I handed him the rod to continue the fight .. The result was a good sized Siamese carp finally landed and a few laughs from all involved ..


The fun day for these guests from Kazikstan continued when they landed their dream fish with this beautiful Arapaima


They were also very happy with other species like this rare Wallagoo Attu


There are no Spotted Featherbacks in Kazakstan so they were also thrilled to land this Thai species..


Yet another nice Siamese carp for this experienced Carp angler ..



It wasn't long before everyone was back in the lake again for more Arapiama photos


It was great to see the kids getting in on the Siamese action


Our French frend Jean Michelle was busy catching several fish including this Arapaima


Jez wilson paid us a welcome visit and although he didn't catch a lot of fish compared to prior visits he did manage a very rare Jau Catfish .. There are only a few lakes in Thailand which contain Jau and not many of this size, that's for sure ..


This angler only caught quality fish .. Starting out with this huge Giant Featherback


He followed up with a beauty Siamese Carp


He finished his catch report with his target fish this awesome Arapaima


A very nice double header for this pair of happy anglers


A representative of the Italian Shimano Carp team landed several nice Siamese Carp including this beauty .


Another happy customer had some great predator fishing action ,starting out with this Alligator gar


The fish soon got bigger with the arrival of this Arapaima


The highlight of this predator trip was this hard fighting Chao Phraya Catfish of around 40Kg+..


It is always a pleasure to welcome Andrew and Dawn Packman here at EFT . They were showing off some teamwork here fighting this fish.


The fishing was challenging for them but they stuck it out and landed some quality fish like this very nice Tambaqui for Andrew


Next on the list was this huge Pacu


They also landed several beautiful Chao Phraya Catfish.


Andrew also had several nice Siamese but his target fish was a PB Arapaima which had eluded him for most of their holiday


EFT didn't let Andrew down though and he landed his new PB Arapaima on the very last day of fishing ... The key as I tell most anglers is to fish hard all day and you will be rewarded like Andrew was.


We welcomed 3 generations of this family from Australia..Grandpa caught the only Arapaima but everyone was happy to get in on the photos .. We strongly encourage family fishing but cannot take responsibility for large groups of small children without prior arrangements. We suggest a half day if bringing small children as it really is a long day to have them out in the sun . We do have the salas with fans and also our fish park to keep them entertained but please think about the heat when bringing your little ones


We will also be buying some children's rods for catching small fish to help keep small children entertained while their parents fish.


One agent we work with sends their own Russian speaking guide Alex who helps with translation and recently helped land an Arapaima


Landing Arapaima is never as easy as it looks and Alex was in for big surprise


One of his customers also landed a nice Chao Phraya catfish ..


These 2 gentlemen were very happy with their Siamese Carp catch


They had to be more careful with their next fish , an Alligator Gar


Speaking of Alligators it was an absolutely awesome month for those toothy monsters with Neil Robinson's regular customer Ian catching this beautiful fish .


You will notice most customers like to take the tail end and leave the business end to us .. ..


That was not the case with our good friend Vlada from Prague who without a doubt landed the gar of the month . ...


Vlada even wanted a photo himself which we don't normally allow .. This is why we have people sign our liability waiver :).


Vlada had a bag full of funny hats which he was eager to show off in the fish pics.. Santa was happy with his Ripsaw Catfish


Another hat and another species for Vlada with this Piraiba Catfish .. I know I have probably said this before but I really cant wait to see how big our Piraiba Catfish will grow as we are the only fishery in Thailand where they get caught on a regular basis ...


Vlada had a great trip and will be returning next year I am sure.


This happy angler landed yet another Chao Phraya Catfish


The same fisherman also managed a very different species with this Black Shark carp which don't get caught as often as we would like . They are such a beautiful fish in my opinion


Some Danish anglers joined us for a few days and unfortunately the fishing was quite slow for them . They dealt with it like true professionals and managed some Amazon Redtails and this big Ripsaw Catfish for all their hard work ..We hope to see them back again for more species and bigger fish ..


Russian angler Sergey and his son Dimitri had a total blast here at EFT .. Dimitri was a very good little angler playing all his fish with ease.


He had a great time and played and landed several nice fish


Here is Dimitri with a nice Siamese Carp


Next up was this awesome Arapaima which Dimitri landed 100% by himself ..


Father and son both fished hard and even managed a last minute Alligator Gar


This German angler like just about everyone who visits us wanted an Arapaima. He started off strong with a nice Amazon Redtail early in the day .


He had to wait until the very last hour but patience paid off with this excellent fish


These Danish anglers were very fortunate with Arapaima catching 2 at the same time


When this happens we always get individual pics before we go for the double photo..


The Arapaima double header is fast becoming our Exotic Fishing Thailand signature pic.


This angler was just a little nervous to handle one of our Alligator Gar ..


This German angler visiting from Khao Lak started his day with a few Amazon Redtails


It didn't take long though before he found what he came for with this nice Arapaima


Justin Harrison was visiting us from South Korea where he is busy teaching . Justin was full of interesting stories which captivated any willing audience . Justin was very happy to catch this Siamese Carp.


Justin was very excited to say the least and eagerly emailed all his fish photos to his dad in the USA. We are hoping he will also bring his dad next time ...


This Albino Pacu also put a smile on Justin's face ..


What a great photo of Justin with an awesome Niger/Ripsaw Catfish .


Justin caught lots of Redtails and even named himself "Redtail Slayer" on a few catch reports .. He did unfortunately lose a few Arapaima though , which was one species which eluded him this trip .

You don't catch every fish which bites or is even hooked , but it is important to stay focused and work hard until the final whistle blow if you are going to catch the fish of your dreams .Very often I see anglers get down on them selves after losing a fish which was no fault of theirs. Personally I fish every minute to the best of my ability from start to finish so then i can always say I did my best for that particular day ..


Paul Shemming and Marie Channer are a super nice English couple travelling through Asia who fortunately decided to visit us on the recommendation of our friends Paul and Gill. Paul is an avid angler and Marie is no slouch herself giving him a run for his money when she took a turn at the rods..


They both caught their share of Amazon Redtails and other Exotic Catfish


There was also a good mix of other species in their catch reports including this beautiful Albino Pacu


Paul's main target species was of course the Arapaima..It didnt take long for him to cross them off his species list ..


Paul caught them in many sizes and on different baits.


This beautifully coloured fish was his largest Arapaima weighing well over 100 kilo


Paul matched the lake record for the most Arapiama caught in one day with 5 fish landed .. There are now 3 people tied with 5 per day record ...


This was actually a combined record as without Marie's last minute monster they would have finished with only 4 fish .. Marie had just reeled in her chicken bait and I noticed there was a lot of skin hanging from the chicken which could maybe mask the hook .. I pulled it off and threw it in the lake just 5 meters out and heard something inhale it as soon as it hit the water .. I grabbed the rod and tossed the chicken in the same spot and handed the rod to Marie .. As soon as she had a hold of it the line took off and gave her a start . Paul and I got all the rods out of the way and Marie did a great job to land her first monster Arapaima.

5 Arapaima in one day was great angling by this fishing duo who we are hoping to see back at EFT at some point in their tour of Asia..


This Japanese angler guided by Neil Robinson was really putting his back into fighting this monster Arapaima on the fly . This is why we insist on 12 or preferably 14 weight fly rods .


I was seriously concerned at first that he would never get this fish in , but he fought it like a pro and gradually wore the fish down.


The fish also did its share of wearing down and brought the angler to his knees :)


It all ended well with a great fish landed by a very skilled angler and a great photo followed by a successful release.


Matt Glenday was visiting us for the first time .. Matt caught a great selection of fish including this awesome Tiger Shovelnose Catfish which is always one of my favorite fish


Another amazing Catfish for Matt was the ever popular and photogenic Ripsaw Catfish :).


He was having great success with Exotic Catfish and also caught a Wallagoo Attu which is a rare fish native to Thailand . EFT remains one of the only fisheries in Thailand where you can catch these fish on a fairly regular basis with approximately 10 fish coming out per month ...


More catfish for Matt with this big fat Amazon Redtail.


Fortunately it wasn't only about the catfish with Mark landing this stunning Siamese Carp ..


Another good friend Neil Campbell from nearby Rawai came to see us and was busy teasing our Arapaima .


Neil who is a skilled Big game fisherman didn't have the full cooperation of this particular fish as it skillfully shook his hook in a vicious head shake just before the net . Many anglers don't dip their rod when an Arapaima jumps but Neil did everything correct yet luck wasn't on his side.


While Neil was busy fighting monster Arapaima his family and friends along with other guests were busy taking one of our Thai cooking classes . This is a new activity getting rave reviews from all participants. All the information is available on our website at www.exoticfishingthailand.com including booking information through our online booking form ..This is a great activity for non fishing partners who have an interest in cooking or just learning something new .


There are a large selection of dishes available to learn which are all highlighted in green on our Mountain View Restaurant menu .. Each participant will learn 2 dishes during our standard cooking lesson . They will also receive a list of ingredients and cooking instructions for all the dishes along with an EFT Certificate of Participation .


We get a lot of Scandanavian customers throughout the year . This Finish Angler landed this huge Arapaima as part of a 4 Arapaima total for him and his friend in the first 2 hours of a half day ticket.


This Polish angler was also busy catching Arapaima.


Our friend Vam was also back but only got photos of new species having caught a lot on his prior visits . He couldn't resist a photo with this strong fighting Piraiba Catfish .


As many of you know I am always on the look out for interesting Exotic fish or big fish of a specific species . I couldn't resist when this huge Asian Redtail came available . . I just cant wait to see a lucky anglers eyes pop out when he brings this fish to the net probably expecting an Arapaima as it will surely give an awesome fight .


I also bought yet another Arapaima obviously for its colours


When shipping fish I always like to safely maximize the capacity of each truck . These Bony Lipped Barbs most of which are over the current world record helped to fill up these trucks


There was fortunateley also room for more of one of my favorite Carp species the Black Shark Minnow


We would like to thank all our customers who visited us this month .. We hope you caught the fish of your dreams and had a fun time doing it .


That's all for our lengthy January catch report from here in Phang Nga. We hope you enjoyed all our exotic fish pics and remember to please send your photos if you want to be in our catch report . We do our best to take and post as many pics as we can .

If you are interested to book the fishing trip of your life and "Fish The Exotic" you can reach us through our website at www.exoticfishingthailand.com or by email at exoticfishingthailand@gmail.com.. We can also be reached by phone at +66 883799377...This is a Thai number so please understand that we are GMT + 7hours :).









THE "FISH THE EXOTIC" CHRISTMAS CATCH REPORT

With December being Christmas month I still think of home and the beauty of a white Christmas . Being surrounded by amazing scenery here at EFT though really does help to forget the snow that’s for sure :). There are always so many amazing phot…



With December being Christmas month I still think of home and the beauty of a white Christmas . Being surrounded by amazing scenery here at EFT though really does help to forget the snow that's for sure :).


There are always so many amazing photo opportunities here , between both the scenery and the wild life. Not to mention of course some great catch photo opportunities


As we are in the middle of high season we have been very busy welcoming lots of customers but never too busy to add more fish. I have been looking for some more Catla Carp for some time now and was happy to come across these healthy specimens.


I am always on the look out for more Jau Catfish and was happy to take possession of this shipment with some truly stunning fish.. These fish grow in excess of 100lbs so who knows what the future holds especially when stocking them already at this size .


My Christmas present to myself was this huge Mekong catfish weighed at 134 kg . The fish was fat but nowhere near as fat as our current resident Mekongs . We expect this fish to be 150kg + once he gets adjusted to his new home and starts to feed ..


We were very careful to spray the fish with an iodine type spray as it had some typical bangs and scrapes after being netted and after its long journey .


The long journey didn't tire him out though as he was so happy to be in his new home he made an early exit while we were trying to get some more photos


We weren't just stocking fish in December but also catching . There were as usual some awesome fish caught this month with 538 fish caught and over 30 different exotic species I must admit that as the lake filled with anglers our catch rates did drop slightly from quieter months with an average for December of just over 5 fish per angler day compared with other months of rates over 9 per angler day ...


We welcomed some new faces and also some return customers .. A new angler to EFT was Andrew Pearce who caught one of our many Goonch catfish and lots of other new species .. .


Another new species for Andrew was this huge Giant Snakehead . What a fantastic fish . The colours on that fish are really amazing ...


He also landed this Giant Gourami on the float rod using the lum and feeder method.


Not a new species for Andrew but an excellent Siamese Carp non the less.


He rounded out his catch report with a silver coloured Chao Phraya Catfish .


Another first time angler here was Martin "Wade". Like Andrew he also got in on some Giant Snakehead action .


Martin caught loads of species including this Asian Redtail Catfish.


He loves Carp fishing in his native Belgium and was happy to land this chunky Siamese


Martin also managed more than a few Pacu


It wasn't just normal Pacu for Martin as he landed this unusual Albino version.


Time for more catfish photos with a Ripsaw or Niger Catfish. Most people think these fish are ugly. They sure aren't beautiful but I think they make a very interesting and different fish photo


There were more than a few Amazon Redtails on martins catch report .


Martin is a huge River Monsters fan ,so much so that he has changed his second name to "Wade" .Well on facebook anyway :).. Even Jeremy wade would be jealous at some of Martin's catches including this not so common Wallagoo Attu .


Another exotic catfish to highlight on Martins's catch report was this Goonch Catfish .. Martin was very happy to cross this fish off his wish list . He told me excitedly "Where else can you catch so many difficult to catch species in one beautiful lake " ?? ..Of course , it was a rhetorical question..:)


Last but not least of Martin's Catfish was his biggest catfish species of the trip this Giant Mekong catfish. Even an experienced angler like Martin had his work cut out for him as it took him almost 90 minutes to land this huge River Monster .. Unless you have caught lots of these big fish you might be inclined to take our advise on how to fight them as we do have a few tricks up our sleeve to help you land them as quickly and as safely as possible..


With many species caught already there was just no way Martin could leave without at least one Arapaima


Martin was saying he missed Christmas in Europe a little but that all ended when a cheerful visitor from the cold arrived


For those of you not familiar with his antics this is Jan Ibsen a return customer from Denmark . Jan hadn't even finished explaining why he had brought the Santa costume when his rod screamed off with his first Arapaima .. He couldn't wait to get into character and email his friends this photo as they didn't even know he had left home..


It wasn't just Arapaima for Jan as he also landed yet another Giant Snakehead. We hope Santa will return soon or maybe just Jan as yet another fun character :)


Another Danish Jan also joined us for some Exotic Fishing ... Jan Bekker Neilsen visited us for the first time and caught some excellent quality fish including this Asian Redtail Catfish


He also landed some nice Amazon Redtails .


I think Jan's favorite fish was this monster Alligator Gar which he caught on a large piece of chicken


The Siamese Carp were also on the feed in December as this day ticket angler found out .


The same angler also managed a nice Goonch Catfish .. This is definitely one fish you want to keep your fingers away from its mouth during photos .


Another toothy Goonch for yet another day ticket angler . Where else can you catch Goonch Catfish on a day ticket with the opportunity of another 60 fish species ??


The Goonch just kept coming in December with yet another day ticket angler landing this rare fish .


The same angler landed another strong catfish with this Asian Redtail


His next fish really gave him a run for his money


After yet another tough fight with a few acrobatic jumps and several fierce head shakes he happily got his photo with his first Arapaima


His friend also got in on the Arapaima action .


It wasnt just Arapaima for this group as there were also some other toothy fish species landed .


Yet another Alligator Gar for this happy angler


This jumbo Pacu also has teeth but thankfully it is supposed to be a vegetarian . This particular fish was caught on chicken though so best to error on the side of caution:)...


The same angler was even more happy with his first Arapaima catch.


Yet another nice Arapaima for this day ticket angler


Another new customer Lee Serridge from England dropped into see us as part of his tour of Asia .. Lee started his catch list off small with this Mrigal.


His next fish was a Thai species the spotted featherback


Lee managed to catch a ripsaw which as you can see looks like it has eaten so much that its skin is stretched .


Lee was looking to catch an Amazon Redtail and we didn't disappoint with this chunky specimen.


The Tiger Shovelnose is definitely one of our most beautiful fish ,even if this one looks like it has a bit of a deformed head :)


Lee finished the day on a high with a very nice Siamese


Our good friend Nick was visiting us with another regular , Mark from Kathu ,Phuket . They were both looking to catch Arapaima but Nick did the next best thing and caught an Alligator Gar the same size as a small Arapaima :) . Not as big as the monster fish from Texas but probably one of the bigger gars caught in Thailand so far..


Most guests we meet are a pleasure but this couple are like family to us .We were happy to see Colin and Georgina again and even more so when they arrived with their friends Paul and Gill ..Paul and Gill had worked through a few problems to get to Thailand but soon relaxed and chilled out and were enjoying EFT.


While Colin and Paul were busy fishing Georgina and Gill were busy with our new cooking classes . They were our first guest to try the class which is no surprise as it was Gill who asked the question "do you have a cooking classes"? .. I responded with "its on my to do list but what the hell why don't we start now" After a few words with our 2 chefs I found out that one of them had been doing cooking classes for years at a top hotel so we were all set.



The delicous food Georgina prepared gave Colin the energy he needed to land this colourful Arapaima


Gill and Goergina thoroughly enjoyed the classes so we have now added them to our website and they are available for all guests . A standard cooking class includes;- learning to prepare 2 dishes which are portioned for 2 people , an ingredients list and basic recipe on how to prepare all of our class offered items at home and also a certificate of completion .


It seems like Gills food had the same effect as Paul was also into an Arapaima after his cooking class lunch


Paul was also into more Arapaima action catching this fish on the float with Lum ..


Paul got some great fish and some nice photos


Unfortunately there were also some handling issues and great blooper shots


The antics continued with the Siamese Carp as well.


Paul was all smiles though being the great sport that he is ..


Hard work paid off for Paul with his fish of the trip being a monster Mekong Catfish .. Some quick suggestions regarding running the bank by his guide.. YT:)... did help save the day , but full credit to nimble Paul as he was up and down the lake and battled this monster like a true pro .

It was a real pleasure to fish with Paul and also to enjoy his company along with that of Gill , Colin and Georgina.. When i have customers like this here I really think I have one of the best jobs in the world


Another customer who was a pleasure to meet was Dominik Rotter from Austria .. Dominik is a professional football player who plays for Austrian team First Vienna FC ..Dominik came for a day ticket and after a slow start to the day his patience paid off with a late day Arapaima .. He had such a great time we saw him return for 3 more days before he had to return home..Such is the draw of Exotic Fishing Thailand


No wonder he loved it after some of the great fish he caught .. Here he is with a stocky Asian Redtail


he also managed quite few chunky Amazon Redtails during his visits


Dominik really likes his Carp fishing at home but has never caught anything this size before .


Dominik like most of our customers had a great time and we hope to see him back here in the coming year .


Lee O Connell and Nicola Shorter came for a short visit and made easy work of our Siamese carp with some decent fish


Lee also made east work of our delicious Mountain Burgers :)


A new species for Lee was this Wallagoo Attu . Great to see this lovely couple again and hope they drop by next year ..


A huge Chao Phraya catfish for this day ticket angler . These fish have amazing growth rates . Our biggest stocked fish was 30kg with some recently caught fish like this one now topping 50kg ..


It was a pleasure to meet Eddie Grey and his lovely wife Lynne . The fishing was challenging during Eddie's visit but he still managed a new species Albino Sawai Catfish


Eddie also caught one of our Arapaima so it definitely wasn't all bad . We hope he will return to chase some of our big Carp next year .


Wilson Chee and his Family visited us from Singapore for their first time at EFT. Such nice people . I was so surprised to find that they had brought us a bottle of wine from Singapore .. What a kind gesture. I was speechless , especially when by luck it was one of my favorites :). ...Both father and daughter are avid anglers as they also fish in Singapore ..They started their catch report with some nice Amazon Redtails


Their Catfish success continued with a beautiful tiger shovelnose


They also landed one of our more rare catfish species with this Wallagoo Attu


Wilson's daughter is not only an experienced angler landing Redtail after Redtail like a pro , but also a knowledgeable bird enthusiast . The whole family were so into their birds in fact that we opened the resort early on their second day so they could do some early birding .. They saw several Eagles which are quite common here seen soaring over the lake . They also spotted several kinds of Kingfishers , Fly catchers and lots of others which I am not yet familiar with .


Kevin and his Partner from South Africa visited also for the first time racking up some serious statistics...They managed 19 fish between them of 7 different species including 3 Alligator Gar


Both anglers were very competitive continuously joking about who was getting the net run ..This was one of 3 Asian Redtails for the day


We dont get many anglers from South Africa but the ones we do get are usually good anglers , very relaxed and also love their beer . This couple were no different challenging another lake record statistic with 39 beers consumed is one day . Even i couldn't keep up :).


Being native to South Africa the last fish they expected to catch was a Vundu Catfish .. Funny how Murphy's law is always at work ..


Their favorite fish for the day was this Siamese Carp as they were really impressed by the fight pound for pound ..


2 avid carp anglers Jay Payne and Peter Upperton joined us for a few days and caught some great fish including Chao Phraya Catfish , Amazon Redtails , Soldier River barb and of course Siamese Carp


The Siamese are so strong and not easy to hold on to resulting in occasional blooper pics


Peter also had 3 Siamese Carp of varied sizes.


Peter won the side bet between the 2 for the best blooper shot, no competition .Both fishermen really do care about fish care and if they hadn't listened and taken the precaution to step back from the swim when lifting these agile fish there could have been some fish issues .. Thanks for listening lads. I wish everyone did the same !!!!:)


We were happy to greet a lot of Russian guests in December .Russians get a lot of bad press in Phuket but I can happily say we have had no issues with our guests and are happy to welcome them here . Russians generally love to fish together and especially like to take pics with each other's fish as seen here with this Amazon Redtail


These anglers were busy catching some nice catfish species including this awesome Wallagoo Attu


As with most anglers it is all about the Arapaima . Everyone was in the water for the first Arapaima . I think I am going to need a wide angle lens soon :)


The second Arapaima and time for a group night shot.

That concludes the fishing photos for December .. If you would like to see your photo in our catch reports then please email us your photos from future visits or post them on Facebook and tag us ..We do our best to get customer photos but its a big lake and difficult to be everywhere at the same time.


We also completed some final details in the fish park to put the finishing touches to the tanks and salas .. There are now signs on each tank giving interesting information about each species including the world record size and maximum size stocked at EFT


The Giant Snakehead tank is a must see with a huge Snakehead on display along with several other species in the same sala ....


We have many display salas for many different species including Amazon , African and Thai species along with other Asian fish such as Goonch and Wallagoo Leeri .


Visitors tell us that the most exciting part of the park are our feeding ponds


We have 3 main feeding ponds for feeding Amazon Catfish , Arapiama and also our "SHARK POND" for feeding Chao Phraya Catfish .. Our advice especially for the Arapama pond is to not stand too close or you might get wet :)


We would like to thank all who joined us in December for some more great fishing here at Exotic Fishing Thailand.. If you would like more information on how you can catch some absolutely amazing fish, you can simply contact us by email at exoticfishingthailand@gmail.com or through our website at www.exoticfishingthailand.com. We are getting lots of interest for the 2015 season and even into 2016 so make sure to book early ..


As the antics from some online agents continued in December please with them blocking us from several facebook sites remember to be careful and to book with us directly or simply give us a call at +66 883799377. Our catch report photos show we are definitely open and our fish are anything but small :).. We are conveniently located here in Southern Thailand just one hour from Phuket and Krabi airports and only 1 hour from Khao Lak and Ao Nang . Hope to see you soon ....