THE "FISH THE EXOTIC" FEBRUARY 2016 AND MARCH 2016 CATCH REPORT

Thank you for joining us to see whats being caught at one of Thailand’s premier fisheries in February and March . As expected ,both months were extremely hot which put all our flowers in bloom, but also made watering the gardens and lawns a full t…



Thank you for joining us to see whats being caught at one of Thailand's premier fisheries in February and March . As expected ,both months were extremely hot which put all our flowers in bloom, but also made watering the gardens and lawns a full time job .


Exotic Fishing Thailand's popularity is growing in many markets . We were recently visited by 2 separate fishing channels from China including some of China's most famous anglers.


Lee Ta Mao is probably the most viewed angler in the world as the TV fishing channel he is featured on regularly has over 50 million viewers .


We also had the BBC visit us for a new show in 2016/2017 called Fishing Impossible . The fishing definitely wasn't impossible though as the host anglers soon caught their target Chao Phraya catfish and were on their way ..


It is always a pleasure to see angling legend John Wilson who returned to Exotic fishing thailand and caught his biggest fish on the fly with this 230lb + Arapaima. This was also John's longest battle with any fish on a fly rod . The battle on 12 weight gear lasted over 2 hours and 40 minutes .. .


This lucky angler managed an Alligator Gar on the fly which was a new species for him


The same angler hooked a good sized Arapaima but lost it right at the net


Erik from Norway also got a new species on the fly with this Amazon Redtail Catfish


Jan Ibsen "The Captain" returned to EFT and was kept busy wrestling Amazon Redtails .. So busy in fact that for the first time he didn't catch an Arapaima. To be fair he was also busy supporting his friends who joined him for their first visit to EFT.


Jan did manage a few other species including this Albno Pacu .


This Pacu also fell for the same trick as its Albino cousin.


Another good sized Amazon redtail for the "Captain" on his secret fly


Jan's friend Kim Thrane also from Denmark was also catching lots of species including this good sized Alligator Gar


In my opinion the fish of the trip for Kim Thrane was this very rare Rita Sacerdotum/Salween Rita Catfish. This healthy specimen is one of the biggest we have had out so far at over 40 lbs.


If one Salween Rita wasn't a surprise then you can imagine my face when I heard Kim had 2 in the same day .


Kim was also following in Jan's footsteps catching Pacu and Amazon Redtails .



Kim landed the first Arapaima for the group with this beauty .


He wasnt messing around and soon followed up with his second.


Not to be outdone, the 3rd angler in group landed the biggest Arapaima of the short trip.


Richard Evans was also here here for first time and wasted no time landing one of his target fish with this Mekong Catfish .


He also crossed off a very colourful Arapaima from his wish list.


Richard and his guide Lek were having a ball. It's no wonder, as they were catching Redtail Catfish 2 at a time.


The Catfish craziness continued with Richard's first Wallagoo being a rare Wallagoo leeri.


He followed that up with its close cousin and also very rare Wallagoo Attu. Catching both species of Wallagoo in one day is really quite an accomplishment and to my knowledge unheard of at at any other fishery ..


It was great to welcome Paul Quenet and his son Jake who were also visiting for the first time and taking advantage of our Family Special pricing . They are both very experienced anglers and were quickly in to one of our Siamese Carp


Paul was impressed with a new species for him with this Chinese Black Carp. These fish can reach over 100 lbs with rumours in Asia of fish up to 2meters


Paul was all smiles with this stunning Chao Phraya Catfish


Jake wasn't to be left out and landed this PB monster of an Arapaima


Paul and Jake brought their good fishing companions Gary and Jody along who really went to work on our Arapama population..


It was ladies first but in the end it evened out and they both caught their share of Arapaima


Another Arapaima for Jody


Gary with his PB Ari


The busy couple also caught lots of other species including an old favorite .


This Albino Pacu was a new species for Gary


I think the Alligator was also a new one .


Jody caught a very similar sized gar


She also landed her fair share of Redtails


One of several Siamese during Gary and Jody's visit .. We hope to welcome them back here next year .


Kevin had a poor start on his first day here but more than made up for it on his second day with some awesome fish including this plump Mekong Catfish


Next up was a nice Siamese carp. You can see by the photo that our guide's camera training hasn't exactly paid off yet ..


An Arapaima was at the top of Kevin's list but not for long ..


The fish of the trip was this fish of a lifetime , huge Giant Snakehead..


Here is another photo of this amazing specimen . Amazing colours and look at the girth .


Speaking of amazing specimens look at the size of this World record sized Mrigal Carp caught by Tim Barlow . Eat your heart out Giles barlow.:)


The Mrigal wasn't the only Carp species for Tim as he also landed this healthy Siamese carp


This Chinese guest started his catch report with a Giant Gourami


His father landed the next fish which was his first Alligator Gar .


The highlight of the day was just before dark when the predator rod baited with a large piece of chicken tore off . The end result after a lengthy battle was this 200lb + Arapaima ..


Here is another nice Ari for for these young anglers.


They also landed a fat ,healthy looking Alligator gar


This gar was a lot bigger and need 2 of our guides to help with a safe photo .

We have been giving some more thought to anglers safety and have decided that we will no longer allow photos with smaller Alligator gar less than 1.2meters as they can very easily turn and injure the angler .. The big ones are not as flexible and we will still allow photos of them with the guide's assistance of course


Our Siamese Carp are really growing nicely .. We have electronic chips in most of our fish so we can get accurate growth rates . A lot of our Siamese have almost doubled in size with some smaller fish growing from 12kg to over 20 kg in the first 2.5 years..


Here is the same happy angler with an Amazon redtail


The Goonch catfish were also on the feed . These are another fish that need to be held firmly while keeping your hands well away from their mouth


Another angler also with nicely marked Goonch.


Other exotic species included this nice sized Giant featherback. The current world record is 9kg with bigger fish stocked at EFT


Another type of Featherback is the spotted or Clown Featherback which grows a little smaller than the Giant . The current world record is around 6.2 kg with bigger fish stocked at EFT .


This Wallagoo Attu was a good size also .You can see how it can easily trap its prey with those pads of small needle like backwards facing teeth .


A small but colourful Amazon Redtail for this happy Chinese family


They were even more excited when they caught their fish of a lifetime with this very fat Arapaima


A nice family fishing photo of this beautiful Siamese Carp


This member of the Hungarian Olympic swimming team took an afternoon off training in Phuket to come and catch the fish of his dreams.


Arran from Singapore with a great looking Arapaima


Happy Aussie anglers with their target Arapaima


More healthy Arapaima for this lucky fisherman


A very similar fish for his friend


A surprised but happy angler with another lovely Arapaima


A fishery owner from Romania here to learn about Arapaima. He wasn't happy to hear that they need a warm climate but happy to catch one none the less


If one monster wasn't enough, he caught an even bigger fish later the same day.


Lots of Amazon Redtails for this smiling couple.


It wasn't just about the men catching either..


Thats quite the chunk of an Asian redtail she had there .. Super fish for any angler.


The Alligator gar was also an admirable catch


A happy hubby finished the day with nice Siamese Carp so all ended well


When Urmas from Estonia gets some free time from scuba diving he loves to come and catch our Arapaima


He is getting quite good at it as this trip he landed 2 in the same afternoon


We welcome many Hungarian customers here at Exotic Fishing Thailand. These anglers were both very happy with their Arapaima catch of the day .



This was Gary Beddows first visit and we are confident he will be back after catching a nice variety of EFT monsters.


Gary had several nice Arapaima


Then an extra large Ripsaw catfish .


The next Catfish was a 40kg+ Chao Phraya Cat caught on chicken .


Last but not least was a 100kg+ monster Mekong which gave him the ultimate workout



We were happy to welcome Jamie Rich who had a great visit with lots of new Exotic species and some familiar ones like this Pacu


Jamie also landed some nice Siamese carp


He got more than his fair share of Redtail catfish as you can see here from this beautiful Asian Redtail.


Next up was a Chao Phraya Catfish . Jamie was quite surprised by how fast this fish tore off on its initial run and then turned and ran straight back at him. This is typical for these voracious predators ,so be ready when they eat your chicken or fish bait ..


Jamie loves different species and was thrilled to catch a not so commonly caught Salween Rita Catfish .


Everyone loves an Arapaima and Jamie was thrilled to land his first here at EFT


Jeremy Goon dropped by with his family while visiting Phuket from Singapore. This was his first of 2 Arapaima



2 great fish and for just the cost of a day ticket ..


Matt Byrne started his one day big fish bonanza with this stunning Arapaima


Matt's Monster Mekong tested both man and equipment as he hooked it at one end of the lake and then fought back from having only the knot saving him from being spooled to landing this incredible fish at the opposite end of the lake ..


Phuket resident Darren with nice Arapaima.


Darren's good friend visited with his son and also experienced some arapaima action


It wasnt just the men catching Arapaimas . I find that on the average , women generally land more hooked Arapaima than men as they relax and dont try to horse the fish to get it in ..


Mike from Sweden had an amazing day while fishing with his wife Kattis


They landed 4 Arapaima between them and Kattis definitely did her fair share


At one point they even managed an incredible Chao Phraya Catfish , Arapaima double header.


Great work both of you .. I'm sure we will see you again next year ..


This avid Hungaran angler was busy catching redtails but was really looking for his dream fish which of course was an Arapaima


Patience paid off with a last minute monster and guess who was all smiles:)


Another lucky couple with a 200lb+ specimen


Andy from the UK landing a rare Wallagoo Attu


One of 2 Albino Pacu to fill up his catch report .


It was all about predators for this angler . He started his day with a Chao Phraya Catfish


He then had an Alligator afternoon with not one but 2 Alligator Gar


The second was 50+lbs which is the average size here at EFT


A lot bigger Alligator for Magnus visiting with his family. The Gar here are just unbelievably fat ..


The same angler with a beautifully marked Siamese Carp



A truly amazing catch for Thailand was this Jau Catfish estimated around 40lbs. Probably one of the biggest Jau caught anywhere in Thailand so far..


Another amazing catfish was this Monster Mekong caught by this German angler visiting with our regular customer Blue from Phuket .


John Pearce also dropped by for some Alligator action .


While John was here he gave my good friend Muriel a few pointers which helped her and her daughter Maddy land their first Arapaima .


Peter and his good friend Tom dropped by for some Arapaima antics and landed some great fish.


It was great to see them both ,but sad to hear that Peter was moving to northern Thailand for an extended break from the hectic traffic of Phuket .. We hope he still comes to visit us when he can .


Tom has remained in Phuket so we will most likely see him again soon


Another healthy Ari for Tom..


Here's Scott from England with 1 of 2 Arapaima caught on his first visit .


Scott also managed several Amazon Redtails and a chunky Pacu,


One thing we dont talk about enough or take enough photos of here are the jaw dropping views which really need to be seen to be believed


I hear from lots of customers who are surprised when visiting other fisheries on how small certain lakes or ponds actually are after viewing some clever photo angles online. That is definitely not the case here where it is the exact opposite and you always get more than what you expect.


We often get asked how big is our lake compared to our competition . Our answer is always the same .. Why not try and cast across it and tell me what you think..

We prefer to let our resort , our service and our catch rates speak for themselves, but if you want to hear opinions from other visitors then please check our trip advisor review at Exotic Fishing Thailand where we have a 97% excellent approval rating .


We look forward to seeing your smiling faces here at Exotic Fishing Thailand . Please book ahead to avoid disappointment . As our name is spreading we are becoming more popular and are quite often fully booked .

Calling the night before or showing up at reception is no longer a good idea. Please book as far ahead as possible and we will always try to find space for you as we appreciate all customers choosing Exotic Fishing Thailand.



Our next catch report will be out soon with a full update on our bungalow project . . We are taking bookings for our onsite accommodation starting in October and some dates around Xmas and New Year are already booked up....


For picturesque scenery , great food and the fishing fight of your life please remember to book by using our website booking form at www.exoticfishingthailand.com or you can also email us directly at exoticfishingthailand@gmail.com.


Fly Casting Lessons in New England: Film Don’t Lie

I suspect many people do not know that I played football at Iowa State University.  In the late 1980’s, our conference was called the Big Eight (now Big 12).  The conference was dominated by national powerhouse teams such as Nebraska and Okla…

I suspect many people do not know that I played football at Iowa State University.  In the late 1980's, our conference was called the Big Eight (now Big 12).  The conference was dominated by national powerhouse teams such as Nebraska and Oklahoma. My first game played in college was in the Super Dome, located in New Orleans.  I played against great athletes such as Keith Jackson, Barry Sanders, and many other future NFL players. Overall, it was a great experience and taught me many things that have helped me succeed in life. One of those things was the act of self-examination (watching hours and hours of practice/game film).  I can still remember my coach saying, "we'll see, film don't lie." This was often said because many players believed they executed their task with proper technique, but according to film, that was not always true. Likewise, many anglers believe they are using proper casting technique, but once again, "film don't lie," or in this case, "video don't lie."



As an IFFF certified casting instructor, I have an arsenal of teaching tools and gadgets -- all can play a major role in the development of your casting stroke and casting techniques.  The one tool that can dramatical accelerate students progress is the use of video, followed by constructive analysis.
 



As I previously mentioned, "video don't lie."  To the trained eye, these videos show strengths and weaknesses
 -- he's a beginner, this is his first attempt at casting, he will soon find his rhythm.  If you notice, the student is shaking his head because after an hour of instruction, including video analysis, he is now in the process of self-correcting -- he immediately understands and is communicating to me, that his forward stroke needs attention/correction (when I can get students to self-correct, and explain the corrections to me, I know that I am doing my job well).

Fly Casting Lessons: Single and Two Hand
 
We offer three distinct casting classes (1X, 2X, 3X), single or two hand rods, on-water and in-water, ranging from beginner to advance level.  If your are a true beginner, we recommend taking these classes in sequence, over a short period of time.  Also, regardless of your skill level, if your time is limited, we can blend these classes, creating a one day event -- think 1X class in the morning, followed by a restful lunch break, and then finishing with the 2X program (please ask for more details).  For maximum time and attention, class size ranges from one to four students only (we absolutely refuse to herd you into a large class format).  For more information about lessons, please visit: http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/p/lessons-guiding_22.html

Thanks and looking forward to working with you.

Gone Fishing,

Mark

A Break From Blogging For Now

I can’t believe it has been 5 weeks since I wet a fly on the Sipsey. The bluegill quest has cut into my trout fishing time there. I had a couple of hours today to fish the lower section of the tailrace. This area has the big logs submerged and some nice pocket holes, where I landed my best trout ever back in May. Today was a complete reversal; where the water was very low, no hatch or surface activity at all, and fishing behind a cool spell. I went through the usual patterns that general work on those slow days on the Sipsey, all proved unproductive today. The trout were in the sipping mode, but not as aggressive as I have seen on some of my former trips. I lost a number of trout today, and had only one to touch my hand, which slipped from my grip before I could get the image. Just being in the cold water and fishing the Sip today was enough to get my trout fix.

 My blogging buddy Mel, surprise me the other day with some nice looking flies that he tied up for me to use on future trips. Thanks Mel I will put all too good use. I have started collecting different fly patterns and a couple of Mel’s flies will go in my collection.

Cathey and I were glad to sign a contract on our house Thursday. We will be moving the last of July or the first week in August to Spring HillTennessee. We will move in with our daughter and her family, and live upstairs for the months of August, September and October. Our house will be ready to move into the last week in October. No fishing from the boats, but a little fishing on the Caney will be my fishing fix while we live there. Very little blogging will be accomplished while we are in this transition, packing, moving, and adjusting to living with our daughter and her family. I will be checking on you guys from time to time and may do a post from when time permits on how things are going with me and the family. So guys keep wetting those flies for me until I get back on the circuit!!!!

I can’t believe it has been 5 weeks since I wet a fly on the Sipsey. The bluegill quest has cut into my trout fishing time there. I had a couple of hours today to fish the lower section of the tailrace. This area has the big logs submerged and some nice pocket holes, where I landed my best trout ever back in May. Today was a complete reversal; where the water was very low, no hatch or surface activity at all, and fishing behind a cool spell. I went through the usual patterns that general work on those slow days on the Sipsey, all proved unproductive today. The trout were in the sipping mode, but not as aggressive as I have seen on some of my former trips. I lost a number of trout today, and had only one to touch my hand, which slipped from my grip before I could get the image. Just being in the cold water and fishing the Sip today was enough to get my trout fix.
 My blogging buddy Mel, surprise me the other day with some nice looking flies that he tied up for me to use on future trips. Thanks Mel I will put all too good use. I have started collecting different fly patterns and a couple of Mel’s flies will go in my collection.

Cathey and I were glad to sign a contract on our house Thursday. We will be moving the last of July or the first week in August to Spring Hill Tennessee. We will move in with our daughter and her family, and live upstairs for the months of August, September and October. Our house will be ready to move into the last week in October. No fishing from the boats, but a little fishing on the Caney will be my fishing fix while we live there. Very little blogging will be accomplished while we are in this transition, packing, moving, and adjusting to living with our daughter and her family. I will be checking on you guys from time to time and may do a post from when time permits on how things are going with me and the family. So guys keep wetting those flies for me until I get back on the circuit!!!!