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What do I need to bring for my fishing trip?


Dear Stuart,

May I start by congratulating you on such a simple to use informative and interesting website. I love the newsletters and now subscribe to Big Carp magazine every month as it’s nice to read them in a magazine, plus the magazine itself is a very good read. My question is, I am booked into your resort for January – what should I bring in the way of bits for my own use and is there anything you require?

Best wishes,
David Jones. UK.

Stuart’s answer:

Hi David,

Many thanks for your comments on the website, I am sure Rob would be happy to know the newsletter has given him yet another customer.

This list was updated in May 2014, always check before coming as things do change.

You don’t need to bring anything if you don’t wish to tie your own rigs, below is the list of bits we send out to the anglers who do like to tie their own rigs. We do sell bits here but the import duty makes them cheaper for you in the UK.

You need to bring head torch, large pouch catapult and light rain jacket. For float fishing for Mekong catfish and Siamese carp when they are high in the water, you need a reel loaded with minimum 80lb braid or bring some braid and we can fill one of our reels for you, plus some large cigar shaped pike floats and sliding leads.

We do supply all tackle but the following will help if you wish to experiment and tie your own rigs, Fosters of Birmingham sell all the bits in this list ask for Tom Collof 01213443333.

Catmaster hooklink braid in 50kg, Korda Hybrid wide gape B size one hooks, G-Force size 1/0 hooks are also very good all their patterns are good. The Catmaster range of hooks are good for arapaima if not any strong size 4/0 hooks, circle hooks size 2/0, sinking wide bore rig tube, 4oz inline leads, large slow melt PVA bags, size 8 swivels, large sliding rubber stops, large spomb and back leads.

Recently anglers have been doing well with the following baits: halibut pellets in 14 and 18 mil, Mainline pineapple dumbbell pop ups and boilies in 14mil, plus the pineapple bait dips. Plastic corn and plastic pellets various sizes floating and sinking.

If you wish to have some fun catching small silver fish you can use an extra rod while waiting for the big one. We supply at extra cost a match rod and reel loaded with 8lb line, you need to bring some floats, shot and size 8 or 10 hooks.

As for me, check before coming as our goodie list from home varies depending on how our stocks are going. Strong cheddar cheese is nearly always on the list, or our Dutch clients should always bring some stroopwafels!

Best regards,