We had another fish deliver yesterday and also moved some fish from stock ponds to the main lake Another nice Arapaima arrived from Bangkok. As did some acrobatic Arawana Also our first shipment of Juliens Carp for the main lake …
We had another fish deliver yesterday and also moved some fish from stock ponds to the main lake
Another nice Arapaima arrived from Bangkok.
As did some acrobatic Arawana
Also our first shipment of Juliens Carp for the main lake
Some small Alligator Gar...
Some Siamese Carp also made their way to Phang Nga .
Some nice Yellow Cheeked Carp were also moved into the main Lake
I also caught this light coloured Chao Phraya Catfish in one of the stock ponds which was only a few Kilo 9 months ago..It is now swimming in the main lake.
The fun has begun as we are now starting to net and catch some of our stocked fish from our many stock ponds and put them in the main lake . Its hard work but also exciting to see how big the fish have grown. There are usually a few fish I have forgo…
The fun has begun as we are now starting to net and catch some of our stocked fish from our many stock ponds and put them in the main lake . Its hard work but also exciting to see how big the fish have grown. There are usually a few fish I have forgotten about so that keeps it interesting each time the net is pulled through.. The ponds will each be drained to make sure we have all fish out . .This is very important because if we had just one small predator left in the pond and we added new non predatory species we would end up one year down the road with just one fat predator :)..After draining each pond they will be treated so we can add more small fish .. I have some interesting species coming soon ..
As we move some of our fish to the main lake we are also relocating some of our other fish as they are simply getting too big for our smaller stock ponds . Its difficult to believe that these Arapaimas were only 5kg 10 months ago. They look around 30 or 40kg now ...
We have started to net our ponds . The first was mostly a baitfish pond with lots more Tilapia for the main lake but there were some nice surprises.
This was the first Vundu Catfish we netted , I was impressed with how quickly it had grown. I cant wait to see how big they are in a few years as they can reach up to 40Kg.
These Vundu have also grown at a ridiculous rate as they were only 6" long 1 year ago. I know of only one other fishery in Thailand which has stocked some Vundu Catfish.
My good friend Paul was visiting EFT with his lovely wife Cynthia and couldn't resist getting a photo with one of these cool cats.
Ross will be helping with guiding and training the Thai guides so he figured he should get some practice handling these slimy creatures. Its not often you see 3 live Vundu in a photo together.Especially with 3 smiling Canadians..
We also added some Nile Perch Which have doubled in size in the last 6 months.
Boom and Michelle were there for teh netting to keep an eye on things.
Lucky they were as here is Michelle's Auntie Pom with a fish in her pocket lol... This fish jumped out of the net and in one quick grab Pom had it and stuffed it in her pocket and just kept netting .. i was pissing myself laughing it was just so funny . Now we know she loves BBQ Tapien.
Dr. Marc Richman, I owe you a huge thanks for linking us up to Mark. That was invaluable. The trip was amazing and I am getting wistful thinking about it again.Brief Recap: So, on the same day that you and Anna left to go home, I went to Coyhaiqu…
Dr. Marc Richman, I owe you a huge thanks for linking us up to Mark. That was invaluable. The trip was amazing and I am getting wistful thinking about it again.
So, on the same day that you and Anna left to go home, I went to Coyhaique, Chile to meet up with my boyfriend, Jeffers. From there, we traveled by bus to Futaleufu, and then, since no buses were going over the Argentine border for 2 days, we paid a guy with a chicken coop truck to drive us to Esquel. In Esquel, we rented a car and drove to the Rio Rivadavia in Los Alerces national park. It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been-- the water was so clear, and we could see the fish just sitting there. Jeffers said it was very "technical fishing," which possibly explains why we caught nothing. Put this one on your list! Also, there is a famous tributary right there that apparently contains massive fish, but it was dried up when we were there.
From there we went to Bariloche and fished the Pichileufu, Traful and Limay, all on our own. For a novice like myself, it was not fruitful. Even for Jeffers, who knows what he's doing, it was pretty tough. But he managed to catch a land locked Atlantic salmon in the Traful; after some struggle. I think I didn't catch anything, but I still enjoyed the scenery.
We saved the best for last and spent a full week in San Martin de los Andes, which is where we hooked up with Mark. He took us out wading the Malleo on our first day, and we caught tons of fish. We did the Malleo on our own the next day (less successful). The following day, Jeffers and Mark went out alone and hiked up to some canyon on the Malleo, where Jeffers caught a ~ 28" brown trout. After realizing that we were faring MUCH better under guided supervision, we ponied up and booked Gustavou for our final day. We floated the Alumine and it was just the best day ever. You were right about Gustavou being such a good guide. He was great-- very patient and knowledgeable and calm. We caught tons of fish, and I nabbed the perca/rainbow/brown trifecta (the "grand slam"), as well as a 20" brown on the last cast of the day (also the biggest catch of the day). That was a really good way to end our trip!
I am really glad I got the intel on Mark Foley from you. He is running a very user-friendly operation down there, and for people like Jeffers and me who are on a budget, it was crucial in making our trip considerably more successful. I felt like we got away with a very good deal! If we had to do it again, I think we would stay in Junin, like you did. Also, it was nice to be down there at the very beginning of April because it was between tourist seasons and things were cheaper and less crowded. Overall, it was probably the best trip of my life and definitely an adventure.
J. DeCiantis. NYC, USA
To read more and view photos about Jeffers and Julia's adventure:http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/2013/04/patagonia-fly-fishing-from-new-york.html
It's amazing to receive such positive testimonials. We are eternally grateful to Marc Richman, Julia and Jeffers. Thank you so much!
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