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Krabi newsletter June 2010

Hello again to all our readers of this fishing in Thailand Krabi newsletter. After a seven-week period of being closed to give the fish and staff a well-earned rest, the fishing in Krabi got underway again on the 1st of June.

Gillhams’ new season is now underway, and the first morning started with an explosive run of Amazon red tail catfish with most people catching several in the first three hours. In fact the first few hours were so hectic that even the big boss (very big!) Stuart had to get out of his pit to help, but in true Stuart form, and so as not to miss the opening day full English breakfast, he stopped fishing at 10am for an hour. The other species were a bit slow getting going, probably due to 15 anglers all casting out at 7am! After the first three days all the fish species had settled down and started to get on the free offerings after their seven-week rest. Plenty of big Siamese carp were caught with the best weighed at 91lb, plus we had six arapaima over 300lb. With all our big fish we name the angler plus we have photographic evidence to back them up, unlike our imitators who don’t use the anglers’ full names or have pictures. We still get clients coming to us after fishing elsewhere with pictures of fish they have been told are much bigger than they are, only to se a true big fish here and realizing they have been duped!

The season’s weather seems to be about a month behind, but at last we’re getting some rain. For the first time since November we have managed to get some new water into the lake; in fact as I write this newsletter we have just had a deluge of rain and the lake is actually full again. We have a sluice system here that allows total control of our water; we flush the lake through whenever possible and it’s long overdue. The next downpour will see this being possible for the fist time in six months, and once the new water goes through the lake the fish all seem to perk up, especially the red tails and arapaima, so expect even more out next month.

With the fresh water coming into the lake, the arapaima start getting into spawning mode. Male arapaima, to ensure the best genes are passed on, fight for the right to spawn with the females, a bit like when I was a kid, except for the fact that they fight to the death. In the last four weeks we have lost six arapaima to the fighting, which is the more than ever before, so we are hoping for a bumper spawning year to replenish our stocks.

Talking of replenishing stocks, we have restocked all our stock ponds here in Krabi to the brim. We have the following on site – peacock bass, tiger, ripsaw and Amazon red tail catfish, arawana and some more arapaima from our own breeding programme, and all these fish will be restocked in a couple of years’ time. We also purchased 120 barramundi weighing in at 3 to 7lb, which although small by Gillhams standards, with the amount of fry in the main lake we expect them to reach 20lb in the next two years. Barramundi are normally hard to move, but we tracked some down some locally, moved them during a rainy spell, and we had a 100% survival rate. In fact they were so unfazed by being moved that two were caught within hours of being stocked!

Sean and I had a great trip to Australia, losing count of numbers of fish, but landing 29 different species in a week, and talking of different species, Sean even landed a six-foot croc on a plug! He then went on to insist on bringing the bloody thing on the boat for a photo! That wasn’t the only weird monster he dragged aboard; the other was a 100lb-plus lemon shark he caught while having a day’s reef fishing! Luckily a bigger one he hooked made its escape when he leant to hard into it and broke his rod! The fishing at times was awesome – we were fishing falling tides in the estuaries, catching barramundi, bluefin and threadfin salmon, plus some other weirdo species. As the estuary fishing ended we had time to race back to the lodge for a huge breakfast before speeding across the bay to catch the incoming tide on the flats.

The fishing here was non-stop, and saw us catching five species of trevally, which are the ocean’s equivalent of our Mekong catfish, and we also caught numerous queen fish, but the fish I went for eluded me, so I will return next year for my permit. We fished at Robert Hunt’s superb fishing lodge on Croker Island in the Northern Territory, which is a short flight on an egg whisk from Darwin! From Thailand it’s a five-hour flight to Darwin, making a great chance of a two-centre holiday with Gillhams. We are putting a trip together for next May, so if anyone is interested contact me, or if you fancy making your own way there contact Rob directly on +66(0)889790089 or via his website at

Talking of Australia brings me onto the part of the newsletter you love (unless you know it’s you I am on about) – Gillhams Gripe! The only thing that pissed me off and infuriated me about our fantastic trip to Oz was the bloody Aborigines. Just because they feel robbed of their land by the modern world they hang onto old traditions. They hunt dugongs and turtles, and you may feel, as they do, that it’s their right, as it was their land, but what about the dugongs and the turtles? It was their land before it was the Abos’! Now I would not object if they stuck to the old traditions of a dugout canoe, paddles and a spear, but chasing down dugongs in a boat equipped with a 250hp outboard and a high powered rifle is hardly traditional! Also driving along the beach in your government sponsored four-wheel drive Abomobile for miles to find a turtle to turn upside down, then leaving the poor sod to die because it’s your right is not in my eyes sporting. And what are the do-gooders of this world doing? Closing their eyes and pretending it is not happening! OK that’s the world’s wildlife issues out of the way so onto Gillhams issues!

We are still getting people coming here on holiday and getting disappointed when they have not caught a monster or 40 fish in the first two days’ fishing. Just because our lake holds some of the biggest freshwater fish on the planet does not mean they are easy to catch. It takes skill, patience and good angling to consistently catch fish at Gillhams. If you read that so-and-so caught 15 fish in seven days and Joe Bloggs caught 33 fish in ten days, then the average angler averages around three to four fish a day. Only one or two anglers a month average ten to 12 fish a day, so please don’t think that because in your mind you are the mutt’s nuts you will average 20 a day – get real and set your sights on four fish a day, and if you catch more, take it as a bonus. By the end of the your holiday you will have caught the fish of your dreams, and maybe more, but getting upset and having tantrums at the start of your holiday only stops you fishing well and pisses us off to the point where we don’t wish to help you!

Then we get the guys who want to prove us wrong… We are here 24/7, so we know why, when and where the fish will be, so if we tell you to fish at 35yds to a plateau for carp, why fish the margin? The same goes for arapaima – first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening they feed on frogs in the margins, and then as the sun gets up they move out to deeper water feeding on the numerous small fish. When you fish all day in the margins and catch nothing ‘til after dark you haven’t just proved us wrong by sticking with the margins; the fish moved back in with the fading light and you missed the chance of more by being pigheaded!

Why do people still come here and cast out rigs that they’ve made on the kitchen table with six pairs of hands, twisting and turning it into a super-looking (in their eyes) arapaima rig? Do these people really think this crap will work? We set you up with proven rigs and sound advice because we actually want you to catch fish, as without people catching we will run out of business! Also we use safe non-tethering rigs for our fishes’ safety and to keep them in pristine condition – we do not tolerate the fish or bust brigade. Those people who don’t care if a fish dies so as they can get their trophy shot are not welcome here! I am not going to mention plumbing or feature finding – obviously it makes no difference in waters at home, so don’t bother here, just be happy with catching the odd fish when your chucked-and-chanced cast catches.

As our guests arrived towards the end of May ready for the fully-booked opening two weeks. It really was a holiday atmosphere with day trips and evening trips leading up to the serious business of opening day. Neil ‘The Gob’, our regular pest from Luton, arrived three days before opening to have a couple of days chilling out before the big day. All was going well with a couple of nights out and a boat trip to Phi Phi Island the day before the 1st of June, but this was also the night when everything was to go wrong. Neil went to Ao-Nang just to finish off a tattoo he had started when his mate Kevin also joined him by waiting outside and having a few beers. When Neil was done he came out to meet his mate, and the fatal words, “Let’s just have one for the road,” came into play, and everybody knows this never is the case. Several beers later and it was time for the road, the only problem being they both had motorbikes, and they are dangerous enough at the best of times. Fifteen minutes later and nearly back at the resort ready for a few hours’ sleep then up for the big day, and disaster struck on the last bend when Neil, trying to hold his super-sized Coke, fries and burger lost control of his bike and came crashing down. Ten minutes later, at about three in the morning, Sean got the knock at the door from our security guard, who told him that The Gob had come off his bike and needed to go to hospital. Knowing that in just two hours Sean had to get up and get everything ready for the other 15 fishermen, Noi volunteered to do the hospital run. Returning later in the morning, Neil was aware that he wouldn’t be fishing as he had shattered his shoulder, and later on he had to go up the international hospital in Phuket where he had plates and pins put in his shoulder. So, apart from a couple of fish to Neil’s two mates the trip was over for them. Hopefully next time Neil returns he will stick to taxis!

So its time to move onto the catch report. 30 anglers came for fishing holidays in Thailand, ranging from three to 14 days, and with the lake being busy we only allowed eight anglers to fish on day tickets on our changeover days. Between them they caught 867 fish of 23 species, made up as follows: 57 arapaima to 360lb, 15 arawana to 8lb, five alligator gar to 34lb, 208 Amazon red tail catfish to 75lb, 21 Asian red tail catfish to 40lb, three barramundi to 7lb, 35 black pacu to 35lb, one black shark carp of 10lb, two Chao Phraya catfish to 50lb, one giant stingray of 110lb, five Julian’s golden prize carp to 30lb, 49 Mekong catfish to 150lb, one mrigal of 9lb, one Nile perch of 15lb, ten rohu to 15lb, five tambaqui to 36lb, six spotted featherback to 9lb, 394 Siamese carp to 91lb, four striped snakehead to 3lb, 13 shovel nosed spotted sorubim to 32lb, 11 shovel nosed tiger catfish to 15lb, three striped catfish to 15lb, eight wallago attu to 20lb and ten wallago leeri to 28lb.

The first catch of the new season came to returning customer and long-time friend Keith ‘The Tooth’ O’Conner in the form of, yes you guessed, it a red tail catfish followed by 12 more between 20 and 40lb. Keith was one of the original Savay syndicate members, fishing with the likes of Rod Hutchinson etc, Keith describes fishing Gillhams as the most exiting fishing of his life, which is some compliment! During Keith’s stay he fished hard and listened to advice given, and after finding a sandy spot in 15ft of water by using a plumbing rod Keith proceeded to bait the area, constantly feeding his chosen spot with groundbait and spodding between 10 and 20kg of maize daily. In return for his effort he caught plenty of fish, 78 to be precise, of 11 different species consisting of 52 carp up to 65lb, Mekong catfish to 130lb, arapaima to 85lb, red tail catfish to 40lb, and many more, not counting the numerous fish he accidently landed while float fishing for java barbs with Stuart before the off. At one stage the red tails were beating the java barbs to the maize, forcing us to stop fishing.

Terry ‘Poppa’ Eustace of Gold Label Tackle came once again, joined by Bob Henderson. Terry fished like he always does (crap!) by mixing fishing with a holiday and chilling out around the pool, plus boat trips to Phi Phi island and talking the night away with fellow fisherman in the restaurant. He also found time for his arts and crafts hobby by making bird feeders and putting his painting skills on show for all to see between sessions on the lake. Once again Terry was on the ever-elusive spotted featherback trail with small pieces of dead sea baits, and even a paternoster setup with small live baits, but unfortunately once again they avoided his Brummie charms despite fishing 90% of the time in his bucket while others around him caught them in the lake! He was able to catch another species on his wish list though – an arawana. At the end of Terry’s stay he had caught 14 fish of six species. Bob also took it easy, just doing a few hours’ fishing in between advising us on running a resort and discussing air conditioning with the TV repair man, and he caught nine fish of three species.

Regular client and friend Vince Rogers returned again for a two-week session, and as always showed off his fishing capabilities by catching 50 fish of ten species. His best fish was a 91lb Siamese carp, plus Mekong catfish to 130lb and Asian red tail to 40lb. Vince is one of those anglers who can basically fish any swim and do well due to good watercraft and all round good angling.

Also travelling with Vince were Simon Dunbar, who caught 18 fish six of species, Peter Brittain, who caught 17 fish of six species, the best a 150lb Mekong catfish, Dick ‘Chewbacca’ Bateman, who caught 29 fish six of species, and suicidal Graham King, the current British barbel record holder, who caught 29 fish of five species. While Pete and Simon were happy just wetting a line and catching fish, Dick and Graham were getting themselves into more of a frenzy than the red tail catfish on opening day. Graham had caught quite a few red tail catfish in the first few days, and was actually getting angry by the time he had around 12 of them. His target fish were arapaima, and after losing several on the trot he had to be put on suicide watch! After taking a time out down the restaurant and calming down, realising that the more you work yourself up the more things go wrong, Graham started listening to advice, changed some rigs, and to everybody’s delight he landed his first arapaima coming in at around 70lb. Graham had now calmed down and with landing his first arapaima his confidence was up, and he was eager to get a new PB, and went on to catch four more up to a whacking 250lb.

Dick Bateman was also having trouble keeping the fish attached to his hook, which is probably what drove him to start breaking rules, but he also gave us a great laugh, and added a new one to our book of rule breaking classics. After getting a lot of pick-ups and not managing to connect to anything, Dick, in desperation, thought the answer was simple – break the rules and stick a barbed hook on. After landing a cracking carp of 85lb using a barbed hook, when Sean confronted him about the offending barbed hook, he came up with the all-time classic that he had crushed the barb and that it must have popped back up during the fight! With answers like that you can’t even get angry as you have to give him ten out of ten for a new excuse for the books! Or maybe he was fieldtesting the new rubberised barbed hooks, but either way he had caught a cracking fish, and we all had a laugh about it. Dick, despite his early worries, did land three fish over the magic 100lb topped by a 360lb arapaima and a 110lb Mekong catfish. At the end of everybody’s stay they had all caught good fish, had a good time, and will hopefully all be long-time returning customers like Vince.

Danish angling journalist and friend Fleming Pederson returned with a fish wish list that even Father Christmas would have trouble delivering, but what’s the point of having an easy target list? If you’re willing to put the effort in and you are a capable angler, then anything is possible. Fleming’s wish list included Mekong catfish, arapaima, tiger catfish, arawana, a big Siamese carp, and if possible a sting ray. In the first ten minutes he had caught a fish that wasn’t on his list, but was a new species that he was proud of catching, a pacu, and then he went on to catch another one of 35lb. Fleming is the type of angler we enjoy having here, as he never complains is always happy and works hard for the fish he catches. If the day was a bit slow his reply is, “Hey, that’s fishing, and a bad day’s fishing is better then a good day at work.” After the first day two species were already ticked off his list, as he had caught his Mekong at 85lb and his big carp at 75lb. Everything was going to plan, but at that point Fleming had no idea just how well it was going to go. Over the next few days he kept banging in the bait, casting regularly and changing rigs. On the third day he landed a giant sting ray at 110lb, plus other fish that weren’t on his list but were very much welcomed. On the fourth day, and to everybody’s amazement Fleming moved out of the swim he had been baiting heavily and catching from to the other end of the lake, but as other anglers know when you’re chasing certain fish and you’ve seen them topping, you have to take a chance and move onto them. Once again Fleming had made a good move, as over the next few days he landed all the other fish on his hit list, with 22 red tail catfish to 65lb, three arawana to10lb, a 13lb tiger catfish, and then on the last night landed his arapaima at 90lb, plus a new PB alligator gar at around 28lb. During his stay Fleming caught and landed 38 fish of 11 species, with every fish on his list caught – good angling, mate!

Neil Cobley returned once again, this time leaving wife Mandy and kids back in the UK and brought with him instead his father, aka The Old Bastard. On arrival they both got fishing within the hour and chose a swim vacated by another angler who said there were no fish there, even though I had spent an hour two days before showing the guy where to fish by using a plumbing rod to find a gap in the plateau with a sand bar on it. Neil knew this swim, as he had fished it before on one of his previous trips, and he also knew that any swim will fish well if you know how to fish it properly. To his delight and ours in his first afternoon Neil caught four Siamese carp at 80lb, 65lb, 50lb and 20lb. For the week Neil and his dad shared the same swim, as his dad was there more for the social and spending time with his son. Most people thought Neil was his dad’s older brother (did his dad look young or did Neil look old?). At the end of the week’s fishing Neil had banked 22 carp, five Mekong catfish to 100lb, and two red tail catfish to 25lb. The Old Bastard didn’t let his son beat him though, also landing nine Siamese carp to 85lb, a Mekong catfish of 65lb, and a Julian’s golden prize carp of 25lb. Both anglers certainly showed that one spot is as good as any if you know what you’re doing. Neil is now back in England waiting for his next two-week trip in August, and this time the whole family will once again be joining him.

Our dear friend Richard Foster of Fosters of Birmingham once again graced us with his presence, also bringing with him long-time abused staff member Tom Colloff. As before, Richard was here obviously for the fishing, but more so for the relaxing holiday that we all need from time to time, and more time was spent in the restaurant chilling out talking with other fisherman and being the resort entertainment manager. Everyone who knows Richard will know he has an awesome sense of humour; he is always messing around and pulling some prank! Richard is a very genuine fella who enjoys watching others catch big fish just as much as he likes catching them himself. During his stay Richard did catch some cracking fish, including an arapaima weighing in at around 340lbs. By the end of his stay Richard had caught 44 fish of nine different species, with nine fish over 100lb. Apart from the arapaima he caught 12 Mekong catfish to 120lbs, plus Siamese carp to 70lbs. Considering all these were from a swim Terry Euseless claimed was devoid of fish, Richard fished well and found the plateau old Poppa claimed was not there, proving the saying effort equals fish!

Richard’s right hand man Tom Colloff is an ugly little chap who is into ladyboys. With the nickname Pumpkin Head we reckon he should be called Mekong Head due to his uncanny resemblance to a Mekong catfish! Tom was the opposite to Richard in how he fished, and would work hard all the time he was awake, but maybe this was due to making up the time that he lay in bed thinking that fishing times were 11am ‘til 8pm rather than 7am ‘til 8pm! But then again when you’re catching the fish you want and on holiday, why should you get up at six every morning? Tom would be regularly plumbing, spodding and recasting, which isn’t always easy on hot days, but for his hard work he was rewarded with 48 fish of five different species, which included nine arapaima to 200lbs, seven Mekong catfish to 140lbs, Siamese carp to 50lb, and Amazon red tail catfish to 70lb. After Tom had caught the species he wanted he then chilled out, taking it for more of a holiday, and lounging in the pool and taking in some of Krabi’s many sights and daytrips.

Marcus came to Gillhams with his father after visiting other venues in Thailand and was set on catching a Siamese carp and a PB arapaima, which at the time was around 40lbs, so as he only had a short trip consisting of two days’ fishing he was quick to get started. Seeing arapaima rolling in front of his bungalow, and with only two hours left of fishing time, he decided to wet a line earlier than expected, and armed with a deadbait set up on a float rod he started casting at rolling arapaima. It soon became clear that just because they were showing, it didn’t mean they were going to be feeding, as not one of the many beasts topping in front of him took to his bait. This did not put Marcus off as he still had two full days in front of him to tame one of these prehistoric beasts. The following morning Marcus was up with the sun and decided to start off in the same spot the arapaima had been showing on the evening before. As the day went on he fished hard, but only came close, losing two arapaima, but as the first day came to an end the first wish list fish came into play. With only 15 minutes remaining his buzzer went into meltdown with a screaming run on the boilie rod. This fish didn’t manage to slip the hook, and Marcus was rewarded with a 50lb Siamese carp. The next and last day for Marcus came round, and this was going to be one of those red letter days we all dream of having in fishing, as he not only caught one arapaima but four, with the biggest certainly beating his 40lb PB by 160lb. That’s right, Marcus had landed a massive 200lb beast from the deep! He also landed five Amazon red tail catfish to 30lb completing his wish list and showing that if you fish hard and don’t give up, all your prayers can be answered.

I met Dutch angler Menno Huizer at the Visma show in March. He was coming to Thailand for his honeymoon in June, but unsure of exact dates, he said he would call me to see if we had vacancies. Upon arrival in Bangkok the two lovebirds decided it would be nice to travel to Surat by train and then onto Krabi by bus, but now started a chain of events that turned a dream holiday into a nightmare! They booked a public carriage on the train, and due to the long flight fell asleep. While they where dead to the world someone by the name of R Sole robbed all their money from their bag. When they got to Surat they decided to stay for a couple of days while sorting out insurance and new funds. They hired a motorbike to do some sight seeing, only for Menno to stop at the roadside to admire the view. In his eagerness to photograph the stunning scenery, he failed to look where he had stopped. Upon putting his foot down to steady the bike it just kept going, and the unfortunate couple fell down an open drain with the motorbike crashing down on top of them. They were lucky to escape death by narrowly missing some metal spikes, and luckily the drain was only partly full, so they just kept their heads up while waiting to be rescued. They arrived to us in a sorry state, with Menno’s wife sporting some horrendous cuts and bruising and struggling to walk. Menno only suffered some minor cuts and bruises, so was able to fish (what a gentleman) while his wife relaxed around the resort gardens and got pampered in our restaurant. Menno finished his trip with 17 fish of three species in two days, and they both left chilled out and relaxed talking of a return visit for a couple of weeks next year. Stick to planes and taxis next time, guys!

Next to arrive was Terry Mather, a gamekeeper from Geordieland. We could have done with a translator, as to this day I am still not sure what Terry was saying. I don’t know if it’s traditional Geordie kit, but Terry wore knee length suede pixie boots every day he was fishing, which he claimed keep the mosquitoes off, but I hold my reservations on this, as they looked the same as Pumpkin Head Tom Colloff’s male friends were wearing! Terry seemed most happy when he had to get in the water for a picture, but why when he was down to his white Y-fronts he had to put the boots back on is beyond me, unless it was just an excuse to sit around in white pants and suede boots for the rest of the day! Apart from his alien language and strange fetish Terry is a very capable angler, and he holds the world record Siamese carp (perhaps they are attracted to the boots!). Terry landed 57 fish of 11 species during his stay, which included four arapaima to 300lb.

Tony Walsh, the Midlands match fishing supremo returned, choosing his stay the week before his last year’s playmates Les Bamford and Alan Boon arrived, claiming he wanted to fish seriously this trip. He would have pulled off fishing seriously if he could have got his head off the pillow, and hadn’t always packed up before dark using the old mosquito excuse for his fear of the dark! Tony’s target species were Mekong catfish, and all was looking promising, as in the first two weeks so many had been caught, but then it was still very hot, which is their favoured weather. Unfortunately for Tony the weather was changing, and some of the much-awaited rain had started coming in each day, which was not going to make the Mekong fishing easy. By the end of the trip Tony had given up all hope of catching a Mekong catfish, and on his final day’s fishing he didn’t even cast out! He sat around feeling sorry for himself, not realizing that all the time you have a bait in the water there is certainly more of a chance of catching one than in the restaurant! Tony’s final straw came when another angler who was fishing opposite his swim caught a 130lb Mekong on his first day. During Tony’s stay he had no problem finding the Siamese carp, and throughout the trip was landing some good ones. His biggest was 65lb, backed up by a couple of 50’s and another 60. By the end of his stay Tony had landed 23 fish of three different species, and has vowed to return and catch his Mekong catfish.

Ben Jenkins arrived for a week’s stay after working on a guppy farm in Australia. Upon arrival, Ben was keen to start fishing due to not wetting a line for around nine months, and in the first evening he caught a Siamese carp and a red tail catfish. Over the next few days Ben started catching lots of fish from a swim that had supposedly been devoid of fish the first two weeks, due to listening to the people that work and live on the lake and also putting in a lot of hard work. Every day Ben was spodding maize and feeding boilies onto the plateau that the last guy had ignored. A few days into the trip poor Ben ended up in hospital with dengue fever, which he had picked up in the jungles of Indonesia. This is what he claimed the medical problem was, but we think it could have been while pursuing the other thing he hadn’t engaged in for nine months in the outback! Throughout Ben’s week’s fishing he fished hard, catching 47 fish of eight species, which included Siamese carp to 65lb, arapaima to 160lb and Mekong catfish to 130lb. Ben, like so many others, has fallen in love with Gillhams, and has decided to stay on fishing and working as a fishing guide for us until the 9th of July when he is off to China before starting the long journey home via train, going through many different countries and taking around three and half months.

Mike Bailey from Canada came to Gillhams last year on a day ticket, fell in love with our resort, and returned with his friend Paul Panabaker for a week. Between them they landed 40 fish of eight species, including a rare black shark carp of 10lb, plus a 120lb arapaima to Mike. Mike has now booked to return for two trips in July, such is the draw of Gillhams.

One day is not long to fish at any venue, but one day at Gillhams is better than a month at most fisheries, as Rebecca from Hong Kong found out. Her birthday wish was to catch a huge fish, which she achieved in the shape of a Mekong catfish of 140lb backed up by four Siamese carp. Also on the dream fish trail was Maciek from Poland who was just on the verge of suicide when a 340lb arapaima saved his day.

Another returning regular was our old friend Michael Zellner from Germany. I don’t speak German, but understood Michael more than Terry the Geordie! Michael retired last year and is spending his retirement fishing around the world, and this trip he landed 22 fish of five species in a week. Chris Sargent who lives in Singapore returned for a couple of days to catch the arapaima that eluded him on his last trip, catching it on his final cast of the last day at 110lb along with eight other fish of three species, and he went home, as do so many others, a happy angler.

Sorry to all of you who never made this newsletter – as usual we have run out of space, but thank you all for your support of these newsletters. The many emails I get from you all makes it worthwhile writing this monthly piece. Spaces are filling up fast for 2010 and 2011, so don’t hesitate to get booking your trip to paradise. For your chance to get behind the fish of your dreams contact me, Stuart Gillham, on or phone ++66(0)861644554 also visit our website

Best wishes and tight lines from Stuart and all the team at the best freshwater fishing resort in the world, Gillhams!