Who Started You Fishing

I have often said that I’ve never been bored one minute since I retired. I am so thankful my Dad taught me and my brothers how to fish and hunt at an early age. Most individuals who fish or hunt all started as youngsters. I often wonder why some of my …

I have often said that I've never been bored one minute since I retired. I am so thankful my Dad taught me and my brothers how to fish and hunt at an early age. Most individuals who fish or hunt all started as youngsters. I often wonder why some of my friends, neighbors or other retirees don't fish. The answer could be the parents weren't interested in fishing so the children never developed an interest. Most children become involved in what the parents interested is when growing up. That could be hunting, fishing, sports, or any other activity. I know my two grandsons are interested in motorcycles because of their Dad's interest in riding motorcycles. They are also interested in fly fishing because their Dad and Pops fly fish, so you see the comparison.
I have taught numerous individuals how to fish using casting gear or ultralight gear in my lifetime. Those individuals were all adults. I even taught a few how to fly fish in the short 12 years I've been casting the fly rod. All these individuals had never fished before and are still fishing today. One doesn't have to spend a great deal of money on fishing equipment to catch fish. Live bait paired with a spin-cast or spinning reel will get results on almost all water in the U.S. Live bait such as crickets, grasshoppers, and redworms started many of us on our fishing journey. Hopefully, that journey will continue for all of us for many years to come.

Most of you know that I like woodworking not as much as fishing but a close second. The love of woodworking steered me towards becoming an Industrial Teacher. I spent 35 years in the teaching profession before I retired in 2008. I really enjoyed teaching Industrial Arts because I came in contact with some great students who were interested in building small pieces of furniture to larger pieces such as gun cabinets, tables, and desks. I seldom encountered problem students in those 35 years of teaching, because they enjoyed the class as much as I did teaching them. 
Once we moved back to Jasper I knew the house we were going to build had to have space for a small shop. Cathey agreed to give up part of her garage to make the shop happen.
 I've always liked my hand tools organized and at my fingertips so I can find the hand tool I'm needing to use! I still have to purchase a woodworking vice to fit in the opening under the table. My father-in-law and I built this shop table years ago when he had a shop.
 The table models machines will work for me with the limited amount of space I have in the 12 X 12 floor space.
I've already got projects to plan for the grandchildren and some pieces for the house and patio.
Keep an eye out for my first project coming soon!!


A lot of people have been asking why we don’t do our regular blog/catch reports any more. The main reason is that our focus has been more on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts as people seem to “like” and move on rather than read a lengthy catch re…

A lot of people have been asking why we don't do our regular blog/catch reports any more. The main reason is that our focus has been more on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts as people seem to "like" and move on rather than read a lengthy catch report which takes a lot of preparation.

With so much exciting news happening recently I thought it would be a great opportunity to bring all our valued customers up to speed on what's new.

We ended 2018 with an exciting opportunity as we signed a one year contract with PAUL POOLE (SOUTH EAST ASIA)CO LTD as our Marketing Consultant Agent for 2019. PP(SEA)CL has had an immediate impact on our plans for 2019 both in planning exciting events and signing on sponsors for the resort and events.

We are very proud of our first benefit from this working relationship which is the endorsement of our venue by the Sports Authority of Thailand. As far as we know we are the first Fishing resort in Thailand to receive such an endorsement.

Our exciting new events calendar for 2019 is growing rapidly with the first 2 upcoming events being the Exotic Fishing Thailand individual Open2019 and the Exotic Fishing Thailand team Challenge 2019.The total prize value for the 2 events combined is over 1 million Thai baht .

Most info is available on the above flyers BUT for a full entry package please contact us by email at exoticfishingthailand@gmail.com and we will email a full information out to you right away. There are huge prizes for the top competitors and nobody goes home empty handed which combined with the low entry fee makes this a great opportunity to fish our venue. With free breakfast, free BBQ and free tournament shirts for all contestants this is an event you don't want to miss. The events will be filmed as part of a 30 minute fishing feature to be shown on one of the TrueVision sports channels here in Thailand .

!!!!!!!! ONE AMAZING WEEK FOR LESS THAN 1000 GBP !!!!!!!

For anyone wanting to fish both events and stay with us from June 30th 2019 to July6th 2019 we have an amazing price of 40,000baht for 7 days fishing and 7 nights accommodation. This includes entry fee to both single and team events. [NOTE!!! The team event entry would be for a one person team. This price also includes the customer using their lowest level free fishing prizes from both events which would be subtracted from a better prize if they were to finish in the top10].

The third event "The One Million Baht Exotic Fishing Thailand Challenge" is a tagged fish event which runs for 3 months starting August 1st through to October 31st. The tagged fish format will include a total of 50 new fish tagged with different coloured coded tags to be stocked over the 3 month period. There will be 20 fish released August 1st, 15 fish September 1st and 15 fish October 1st. Anyone wanting to enter the event will pay an additional fee on top of their daily ticket for each day they want to participate. The stocked fish will all be catchable species and a score board showing all tag numbers will be updated live on facebook as the tagged fish are caught and prizes awarded over the 3 month period.. Final detailed information for this first of its kind in Asia event will be available in the next week.

Don't forget that our incredibly low priced low season specials are still available for most dates from June 1st 2019 to end of October 2019 with 7days fishing and accommodation for the price of 5 days[48,000 baht] and 10 days for the price of 7days [68,000baht]. These specials can be used in conjunction with our tagged fish event August 1st 2019 to end of October 31st 2019 where you can win 3 prizes of 2 weeks free fishing and 12 prizes of 7days free fishing along with 35 other exciting prizes.

!!!!!!!!BIG NEWS ABOUT BAIT !!!!!!

Due to supply issues we no longer use the standard fishmeal based pellet previously used by a lot of resorts in Thailand. We have now developed our own boilies as part of our line of "Exotic Baits". These are an all natural boilie available in 3 flavours . The fish meal based boilie "Wicked Tuna "the "Fruit and Nut Cake" Boilie and the appropriately named "Bananorama"flavour. These new baits are an excellent source of protein and nutrients for our fish and will only help in maintaining the excellent growth rates we have experienced so far with all of our species. They also last a lot longer than the previously used pellets as they don't break down quickly and are not as easily eaten by the smaller baitfish .

The Siamese carp are now feeding on the Exotic Baits boilies but can still be caught on the Lum/ Rice Powder/ poly ball method .

The Juliens Golden Carp and Black Shark Carp have been feeding heavily on the fruit and nut flavour.

The Albino Pacu, Tambaqui, Giant Gourami and Ripsaw Catfish love the Bananorama

As always we have some extraordinary catches coming out each week. This Salween Rita catfish is now our 8th species over 100lbs. We are always on the lookout for what number 9 will be :) ..

Another incredible recent catch was this huge Freshwater Stingray which has been hooked many times but never landed.

Our Mekong catfish get hooked up regularly but are not easy to land. They can be a real back breaker but have also been landed by anglers as young as 14 years old..

When a Mekong does grace the net it is always well over 80kg. I constantly find myself explaining to customers that we are not a runs water and have never stocked small Mekong to increase catch rates as they can be easily caught in cheaper smaller fisheries. We have a large lake which is the perfect environment for these huge fish to feed naturally with lots of space to play them when you do hook one without having every other angler have to remove their lines .

Anglers pay more to fish with us as they know we have stunning specimens in huge sizes and can enjoy stunning scenery while waiting for a monster hook up. The beauty of the sport of fishing is that it can be enjoyed on many different levels and the great thing about Thailands large selection of fisheries is that there is something out there for everyone.

Our beautiful Arapaima are some of the most sought after in Thailand with fish over 100kg coming out regularly.

One of the youngest anglers we have had catch a monster Ari lately was this 14year old girl from Russia who visits with her mother every year.I guess she will be after a Giant Stingray next year :).

We are fortunate to have some immaculate fish but it does take a lot of hard work and care to make sure they stay that way . We do appreciate all customers who respect our rules and our fish care policies. It is not easy for our guides to enforce our rules as only yesterday our head guide Poe had to physically block a customer from lifting a large Chao Phraya Catfish onto the concrete.

We continue to stock the lake which is costly at times but imperative to keep the catch rates where we feel they need to be . Our main focus is on stocking Siamese carp and weird and wonderful species as they come available .

We have a HUGE announcement coming regarding the long awaited SWIMMING POOL:)so stay tuned to our facebook page and other social media for the next few weeks .This will also include timing for the addition of 2 more luxury bungalows the same as what we have now .

Another new addition will be 8 of our new apartment style rooms which will be cheaper than our luxury accommodation. These rooms will help customers wanting to fish with us but on a slightly lower budget. The savings on a one week trip would be approximately 200 GBP.

If you are interested in a better view of our resort why not check out our corporate video at ;- https://youtu.be/VgytkSBMimk

Or simply scan this code with your iPhone camera to take you to the video

Thank you for reading our newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our venue or pricing for a future trip please feel free to email us any time at exoticfishingthailand@gmail.com .

sincerely Mike Bailey