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Fishing In Thailand Newsletter May 2015

Hi and welcome to the May 2015 newsletter, our monthly roundup of news, catch reports and anything remotely connected to our little slice of paradise out here in Krabi

Well it’s been a very hot month out here at the theatre of dreams, with temperatures bubbling around 40 degrees, and the humidity levels have been rising too. As always there have been plenty of monsters caught, but more of that later. We had a professional film crew in at the resort for a week or so filming what has turned out to be an amazing promotional video, highlighting not just the fishing but all the other aspects of a week’s holiday for a couple, such as the elephant trekking, the longtail boat journeys, learning the Thai way of cooking etc. There is some incredible footage there, as they used some state of the art drones and really hi tech cameras. After the film has finished you will see that there are other videos, which we have uploaded to our new Vimeo page, so why not have a scroll through them, as there are some classics up there, including Stuart’s epic arapaima on the fly battle. Once on the page if you scroll left and right from the top of the page, you will see the other available videos.



There’s always a birthday to celebrate as each month goes by, but notably little Jack went from 5-6 this month, and Stuart, Sean and I took him to one of the local adventures called the tree top adventure, where there are loads of ropes to climb and bridges to cross and a multitude of different ways to get from tree to tree, including a massive skateboard and mountain bike, all of which are attached to safety ropes and harnesses. Jack and Sean loved it and whizzed around like two 6-year-olds, whilst if I am honest, Stuart an I didn’t find it so entertaining and decided that for Jack’s birthday next year, a day out must have to involve a speedboat or something! Either way Jack didn’t mind, and we also threw him a little party, which he seemed to enjoy greatly!

The trees either side of the waterfall have been cut back; there have been a good amount of plants and flowers planted all along the sides of it, and I have to say it all looks rather dapper. Lee Farnsworth from Nottingham has joined the guiding team, and you’ll recognise him straight away if you see him, as he normally blocks the sun out! Lee came over with his dad early this year, and they both had a great trip, and Lee fell in love with the place. He’s a big, strong lad, with a very good reputation as a top bricklayer; however his nights were spent very differently. Regularly his van would be parked beside a large, relatively unfished water, with very few carp in it, and he used to make a bloody good job of catching them too.

Speaking of the guiding team there have also been a couple of changes, because Lawrence has actually tanned a little bit. This has certainly raised some eyebrows as we all thought he would never be any colour over than pale white. He did manage to pop over to Texas to do some alligator gar fishing and managed three to 93lb, so he was a bit unlucky not to catch his sixth different species of freshwater fish over 100lb. Nick too has given in to the shaved head. You see, as his hair grew longer, he looked more like Rab C Nesbitt as every day went by, so he shaved his head and now looks like a baby faced assassin. He’s done well this month and only put salt into a customers tea’s once, thinking it was sugar.


So that’s all the news from us, and best I get on with the whos, the whys and the what fors for what has been an awesome month’s fishing!

Here are the catch figures for the anglers who visited us for the exotic fishing Thailand has to offer… In total 635 fish were caught of 24 species, made up as follows: 39 arapaima to 380lb, five arawana to 13lb, four alligator gar to 50lb, 176 Amazon redtail catfish to 90lb, three giant freshwater stingray to 120lb, 65 Asian redtail catfish to 40lb, 15 black pacu to 35lb, four Chao Phraya catfish to 120lb, three Asian stingray 45lbs, one striped snakehead of 6lb, one giant featherback to 20lb, six Julian’s golden carp to 30lb, 42 Mekong catfish to 220lb, 11 Nile perch to 6lb, one big head carp of 35lb, one ripsaw catfish to 35lb, eight red bellied pacu to 16lb, two spotted featherback to 13lb, 241 Siamese carp to 150lb, three tambaqui to 65lb, three gourami to 6lb, one black shark carp of 12lb, one marble goby of 4lb, one striped catfish of 40lb and one tilapia of 3lb.


There’s something very lovable about Stretton Honor… It’s not that he always buys you a beer of an evening; it’s not that he’s always in a good mood and quite a cheerful chap either, and it’s definitely not the handshake that nearly breaks your hand… Neither is it the fact that, unlike a load of other people who said they would do this and do that to raise money for help for heroes, he actually raised over £1400; I think it just boils down to the fact that he’s a big lovable bear who is a little bit bonkers!

To qualify that statement: for those of you who don’t know the fella, Stretton loves a Mekong, and most days he is seen having a little play for them! His first day started with a cheeky Chao Phraya catfish at 80lbs, which he swiftly followed with an 80lb Siamese carp and a small Amazon red tail catfish of around 30lbs. The second day was a little slower, but he was extremely pleased when he landed a massive Mekong of 220lbs after a good solid 50-minute battle. Day three came along, and so did a hunt for some very large snails, which some may call “generally messing about”, but no, not to Stretton… there was a plan, and that was to catch a stingray! The plan didn’t quite work though, as he managed to catch an Amazon red tail or two on them, before landing another Mekong, this time at 140lbs on maize.

The next day saw an epic “battle royal” when he nearly got spooled, even though the reels are loaded with the best part of 300 meters of braid! The said beast went off like Japanese bullet train, and we saw our builder from Stratford jump in after it and follow it down the lake, with all the grace of a one-legged emu on ice. Eventually he managed to turn the fish, and 40 minutes later a mint perfect Mekong of 170lbs was getting its photo taken with a knackered but very happy Stretton, who described the whole event as “More than awesome.” See? I told you he was a little bit bonkers!

On his last but one day Stretton landed two further Mekongs at 135lbs and 140lbs, one of which was his 160th capture of a Mekong catfish from Thailand – that’s a pretty impressive tally. He finished off with a gentle 70lb Siamese carp and was heard to mutter something about “leaving the catfish alone now and targeting the carp,” but I don’t believe it… not one little bit. He’s back in October, so I guess we’ll find out then, won’t we?



When Gavin Piper and Rob Leather turned up, I knew they meant business. There were no silly hats or questions about the local town, restaurants, elephant trekking etc. I took them to their rooms, and they made it perfectly clear that this was no holiday for them; they had worked hard, saved hard and now fully intended to fish hard. They had seven days to play with, and they wanted to make the most of it. They listened to any advice given, although are both seasoned anglers in their own rights, having each accounted for catfish to over 200lb in Spain. They came up with a plan: five days in salas 9 and 10 and then two days in the grassy at the end of their week.

I walked past them on the first morning, and they were slowly and methodically finding their spots, baiting up and making their rigs, having had a good chat with a guide. The Spombs were flying and the bait was flying in, even though the temperature was getting close to 40 degrees and the humidity was high. Gavin was the first to score when a pacu around the 35lb mark went flying off, and then a respectable Asian red tail of 20lbs. Rob finished his day off nicely with a Mekong catfish around the 85lb mark. Although the daily temperature was rising to somewhere near 40 degrees, Rob and Gavin worked hard as a team and never stopped baiting and having a go at the fish.

The second morning and all chaos broke out when Rob decided to get entangled with a giant freshwater stingray of 120lbs, and remarkably that was another one we managed to land! The decision to swap over to braid has definitely helped landing the rays, that’s for sure. After this tussle, the next scrap turned out to be a Mekong catfish of 100lbs, and Gavin followed suit with a slightly bigger one at 130lbs, and then just before dinner an arowana close to 10lbs came along. With the boys in top gear and on a mission, we were expecting them to rinse the swim out on day three, but unexpectedly all was quiet, and that day all the rods were silent until Rob popped out another Mekong of 140lbs the day after. The last day in swims sala 9 and 10 saw a couple of Siamese carp of 25lb and 40lb to Gavin, and he then joined in the stingray party with one at 40lbs, whilst Rob continued battling Mekongs, and after a couple of losses landed a cracker at 160lb.

The last two days of their outing were to be in the Grassy swim, with the hope of an arapaima and/or an Amazon red tail catfish. Rob didn’t mess around, and before we knew it, he was locked on and fighting a beast of an arapaima, which came in around 370lb, and he was more than pleased with that! The day progressed and he caught a small Nile perch, but as he said, that was a PB for him and he was happy about it. Then Gavin landed an arapaima of 120lbs, and Rob finished with an awesome Amazon red tail of 80lbs.

The final day came, and Rob decided to chase the fish around in the hope of catching a Siamese before they finished, and although he put in a good effort, the lake rewarded him with an Amazon of around 30lbs. Gavin stuck to his guns in the Grassy and managed to pull out a couple of Amazon redtails of 35lb and 65lb. I am fairly sure there was another 100lb-plus Mekong in that little lot too, because as they left they told me that they had landed nine 100lb-plus fish between them! They came with a plan, they had done their homework, they tried bloody hard, and honestly, I doubt anyone could have caught more fish than they did.



Marc Pickering and long term partner Alison Powers like a spot of fishing, and Marc travels all over the world having a dabble. Back home he is getting more and more into his carp fishing, and he was hoping to catch a carp or two on this session. The session started along the bungalow side at a nice leisurely pace, and he pulled out a few Siamese carp to 50lb and sank a few cold Singha beers in the process. The two of them quietly fished away just generally having a nice time, but things were about to change. Marc got locked onto an arapaima literally five minutes into day four, and after an epic battle landed a stunning fish of 200lbs, then a Siamese of 30lbs and a pacu of 15lb.

Alison was fishing in the swim next door, and as I was walking past her, her rod ripped off, but after the initial run it seemed as though the fish had just stopped solid on the lakebed, and I wondered if it might be a ray. Alison got stuck into the fish and bent the rod as hard as she could, but without being disrespectful, she’s not the size Marc is, and it was quite impressive how much stick she gave it! Fairly quickly she got the beast moving again, and in typical ray style it wasn’t long before it was attached to the lakebed once more, and my initial thoughts were confirmed. Guide Chris swam out into the lake, got above the ray and pulled for all his life to get the monster off the bottom. It moved again, and Alison pulled again. This tug of war went on for a while and repeated itself on a few occasions. Alison did really well, and after a while the fish was not too far away. With a little help from Marc she heroically pulled the beast back within striking distance of the cage. By now Lawrence had appeared, the video was rolling, and somehow we managed to get a 90lb giant freshwater stingray in the cage – what a great capture! The next day Alison followed it up with a very respectable Siamese carp of 70lb, while Marc pulled out a striped catfish of 60lbs.

Still hoping to break the hundred pound barrier for a carp, Marc continued baiting his spots and pulled out a 90lb’er then a 20lb pacu. With Alison now just chilling, Marc continued plugging away and landed a Mekong of 80lb and a Siamese of 35lb. Then somewhat surprisingly he moved to the other side of the lake and started a campaign for his last two days in sala 5. I thought his was mad, but he had one of “those feelings”, and the first day he landed a Mekong of 160lb and a Siamese of 60lb, and then on his last day a Siamese of 55lb, a black pacu of 28lb, and then a carp rolled in his net, which at first seemed a reasonable lump of a fish and Chris decided to give it a lift to guess the weight. Then its true size became apparent! The fish was reasonably long and wide, but upon lifting it we realised it was as deep as a Barry White ballad. Chris said we had better weigh it, as he estimated it to weigh over the 100lb, possibly 105lb-110lb! So we shot off to get the weighing frame, and as we did so the fish shot off too and made a hole in the net and escaped!! Purely by chance Alison had taken a pic of Chris as he gave it his initial estimate, so somewhere there is a pic of the fish, but just not with Marc holding it. Oh well, he’ll just have to catch another one, which I believe he plans to do when he returns in September!



Matt Willimott returned to Gillhams, and this time he had his mind set on tackling the Siamese carp and generally relaxing and enjoying the surroundings and wildlife. He set up in D3, picked his spots and started his baiting campaign, but the first day was quiet as the carp had other ideas! His second morning came, and so do did an arm crunching Mekong catfish of 150lbs, and although he continued to try and entice the carp, it was a day of red tails for Matt as he landed two Amazons of 30lb and 55lb before catching a more elusive Asian red tail at 15lbs. The Siamese made an appearance on an eclectic day three at 95lb and 55lb along with a small Julian’s and a Nile perch. Matt commented at the time that he dreamed of a Siamese of over 100lbs, and that 95lbs was close enough and he felt happy and privileged to have caught that monster. We all thought “Ahh, bless him! What a nice fella!”

The following morning another Mekong topping 100lbs came to the party along with a couple more Siamese at 45lb and 65lb followed up by another Asian red tail of 25lbs. This seemed to be the point where the Siamese kicked in, as the next day three further Siamese carp to 90lb pulled his string and then another Mekong at 110lbs. We really thought, “That’s it – he’s got them going,” and then the swim when quiet for a day, as he only landed one Siamese at 45lbs. After a head scratching night wondering if the run of Siamese had ended, Matt went about his business of taking pics of the wildlife, playing with the bees (under Sean’s somewhat dodgy supervision) and baiting his spots again. However today the carp played ball, and five more “catch shots” to 95lb were added to his ever bulging photo album and normality was resumed. Well… until the next day that is, as a 50lb’er was banked and then his dream fish of 132lb!

Matt was blown away and reeled his rods in and headed to the restaurant to buy everyone a drink. I saw him there by the fridge grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat, although shaking like a naughty puppy at the same time! You could see what this fish meant to him, and it was a pleasure to witness. With his feet nearly back on the ground, the next two days seemed to pass in a bit of a blur and six more carp came along to a very respectable 85lb. Matt then had a day in the Grassy, armed with all sorts of components to try and catch the different species of fish that seem to get caught down there, especially on lighter tackle. There was a waggler rod, salami, groundbait balls etc etc, but no matter how he hard he tried, all the fish had other ideas and avoided him, so he was back in the carp swim as he put it, and quickly was amongst the Siamese again when a chunk came his way in the shape of an 80lb’er and it was business as usual. Well, until the next one came along and Nick the guide said, “We had better call Stuart or Sean – this one’s a proper lump!”

Stuart came down and looked at the fish, and it was colossal. Now we know what a 140lb’er looks like, as we see them on a fairly regular basis, but this was a proper leviathan and looked notably bigger. At the time of its capture we weren’t physically weighing fish, and it had been agreed that a “one lift only” rule would be needed, as the temperatures were really high and we wanted to keep the stress levels of the fish down to an absolute minimum, so Stuart took a long hard look at the fish and placed it at around 155-160lbs! To be on the safe side we estimated it down to 150lbs, but I know one young man who wasn’t worried about a pound or two! Matt was blown away, and there was a definite buzz around the lake. It was a great feeling, nearly as good as the cold Singha that he bought me to celebrate! Matt was in wind-down mode for his last day and managed to pop out a couple of Amazon red tails at 30lb and 50lb, and then he left us early the next morning with a great big grin on his face!



I even managed a little session on the main lake. We had an unusual situation where there were two days where either customers were out on day trips, or just leaving us and some new ones were on the way, so I decided on a little trip to the Grassy in the vain of hope of maybe catching an arapaima for one of my tongue-in-cheek videos called “Gillhams Monsters”. It started well enough, and the arapaimas were about, but after a few miscasts and general bad angling, I felt my chance had gone, and with the rest of the lake fishing so well for the Siamese carp, I decided to quit the Grassy and move into E3 and have a go in there instead.

Historically I have caught a few Siamese carp from the main lake, not many, but about six or seven, and I had been lucky that, in amongst them were three crackers of 80lb, 90lb and 95lb. But these were what I call “lucky fish” where basically I had cast out without finding depths, or spots, then lobbed a bit of bait in and they rattled off. Having watched very carefully how anglers like Kev Shore and Ian Farr fished, I knew that if I wanted to realise my dream of a 100lb Siamese, then I needed to address my somewhat laid back approach and fish properly for them and start catching a few of them, as it’s a numbers game really. You start catching a few of them, and then the biggies will come along! So rather than worrying about just catching a big one, I wanted to see if I could catch a few, and I said this at the time, “I just want to catch two or three in a day” as that would be an improvement from just fluking the odd one now and again.

So by 11 o’clock the first morning, I had moved swims, bought a sack of pellet and some PVA bags and was then looking to find a nice sandy bottom at around 14ft before starting my baiting campaign. The rigs were made with artificial pellet and maize on and then cast into position – god, I was excited! My first opportunity to have a go at the carp since I have been an employee rather than a customer – HOORAY! It didn’t take too long to start getting liners and beeps on my rod, and it came as no surprise that at 5pm, my left hand rod rattled of with a 75lb Siamese on the end, and I was pleased that’s for sure. Although the liners continued, that was it for the fish, but I was happy with that! That night guide Darren asked me if I would return to the Grassy first thing in the morning, and I said, “No way! I am sure there are more carp to come, and if I get two in a day that’s my best day yet!”

I got up early the next day and was baiting up before the start at 7am, and by ten past all three rods were in, and it was time for a cup of tea. I recast them all at 7.45am and sprinkled some more bait on the spot. At 8.30 my left hand rod was away again, and with young Darren on video camera we managed to land and film a big Siamese coming into the net after a spirited fight. We looked into the net and used such adjectives as “unit”, “lump” and “beast”, all of which led me to believe it might be a 100lb’er, and it was! I didn’t expect that! Even though there are a lot of them in the lake, and of course it’s not uncommon to see them caught, it hadn’t actually entered my head that I would get one so quickly, as I was concentrating on just learning how to catch them consistently!

With the pictures done, the fish was safely returned and I was sat back down, numbed by what had happened; I couldn’t believe it! Thirty minutes later another rod ripped off, and I was photographed lurking behind a 90lb’er. “That’ll do me,” I thought! At about 1pm the sun was really giving it some, and I decided to give it a break for an hour or two and go and chill out with a nice cold beer. So I stuck about 3kg of pellet in and skipped off thrilled with what had already happened. When I came back and cast out, it was utter mayhem! For about two and a half hours I couldn’t get three rods out, as both my left and my right hand rods kept jumping into action. I landed carp of 30, 40, 50, 60 then an 80lb’er! Blimey, what a day’s fishing! I was hoping to catch two, but this was now seven, and I have to admit I was feeling a bit sunburned and a bit knackered! Of course the story didn’t end there because at about 6pm a rod ripped off with what was clearly a Mekong catfish, and after a good forty-minute tussle, and with a little help from guides Lee and Darren, we landed the beast at 170lb. What an amazing day’s fishing. I put a little video of the bigger fish together on my YouTube channel “spugredferntv” so have a look if you like. There’s some great footage of the 100lb’er going in the net, and some awful footage of me topless, but hey ho, you can’t win them all!



Pete Rothy had a cracking trip last time he came here; in fact he landed arapaima to 350lb, Amazon red tails to 85lb and Siamese to 50lb. He also won the accolade of the first person to bring a bed chair over from England, so it doesn’t take much to work out that he’s a little bonkers, which leads me nicely to the fact he called this trip “Mekong or bust”. The first day was spent in the Grassy, where I take it a Mekong was not on the top of the agenda of things to catch, but hey, I said he was a little bonkers! The day went well and he landed three Amazon red tails to 55lb and an arapaima of 150lbs along with a token Nile perch.

The next day saw a move into E3 and a change of tact, as thoughts turned to maybe upping his PB Siamese and definitely landing his first Mekong. The day went okay when he landed a Siamese of 50lb, but he was hoping for more and wanted to get the swim really going, essentially getting the bait in for the carp, but knowing he would probably get a Mekong along the way. Things weren’t really going to plan when the next day was quiet on the leads, and he started a campaign Spombing next to the float in the hope of a Mekong, but alas all his efforts failed. I think it’s fair to say this was a “dark moment” for him, so we had a chat about how to take it from there. Pete decided to go for the heavy baiting strategy, and duly bought an extra sack of 8mm pellet and instantly got stuck in and made a big effort recasting every half an hour with PVA bags on and sprinkling the bait over the top of them regularly.

This seemed to help, and by the end of day four he landed two more carp, to… yep you guessed it… 50lb! Also he had another play without success on the float rod for a Mekong. A small amount of madness then set in, as then his rods fell silent again, and he started making songs up to attract the carp and Mekong. It didn’t work for the first day, but something went right the following morning as he landed a very big carp of 135lb followed by a 70lb’er! Now Pete knew that beating a 50lb was a realistic proposition, but he said, the thought he might catch a 135lb Siamese carp had never even entered his mind. Consequently he had to keep pinching himself to make sure he wasn’t dreaming, and worryingly he was seen wandering about the lake the next day reciting, “It wasn’t a dream.”

So now the pressure was well and truly off on the carp front, the hunt for the giant Mekong catfish continued. The next day all was quiet, but the efforts for a Mekong continued, and after five days of mixing up groundbait, Spombing and chasing swirling Mekong with the float rod in the blazing sun to no avail, it would be fair to say it was taking its toll on Pete and guide Darren, and that Mekong fever had well and truly got into their heads. Things had got so bad they could be often heard singing songs they’d remixed to include Mekong catfish and other species residing in Gillhams such as:

To the tune of Queen’s Behomian rhapsody:

“I see a little Mekong swirling at the surface
Scaramouch, scaramouch will it do the floatrodo?
Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening me.

Mekong catfish, Mekong catfish,
Mekong catfish, Mekong catfish,
Mekong catfish – walagooo-oooo-oooo-ooooo!

 But I’m just a poor Mekong and nobody loves me
He’s just a poor Mekong from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity

Easy come easy go we will let him go

The Mekong catfish has a devil for a cousin for a cousin THE CHAO PHRYA

And people say I’m mad! Anyhow, their lyrical efforts didn’t go unnoticed by the Mekong gods above and below, as at about 7pm on day six one of the bottom baits screamed off, and within seconds of playing the fish it became clear Pete was hooked into his much sought after Mekong catfish. An hour-and-a-half long battle ensued, of which the first hour Pete described as highly enjoyable, and the final half hour being described as torturous. Many expletives could be heard from the swim during that last half hour as he hurled abuse at the fish, but eventually, and after some serious backbreaking action, he realised his dream as he landed a 160lb Mekong and the waiting was over! You could see Pete was buzzing, and the next day he took a fairly relaxed view to the fishing, and his rods were silent. He carried on making his “Mekong muesli”, which was some weird groundbait mix he concocted and decided to fish a little further out from where his previous captures were from. The rods kicked in again as on day nine he landed a 90lb Siamese and then on day ten he landed five Siamese carp to 75lb and then another Mekong of 130lb. With just two days to go Pete kept to the longer-range tactic, and this paid off nicely, with four Siamese carp to 70lb.

For his final day Pete wanted to fish the Grassy again, for the last tick on his “wish-list” which was a decent photo with a 200lb-plus ‘arry and a few Amazons along the way. Well, the action started early with the Amazons, which continued throughout the day: 35lb, 35lb, 40lb, 65lb, 55lb and although the arapaimas could be seen surfacing in the swim, they didn’t seem to want to be caught. Well, that was until 7.45pm when the near side left hand margin rod started to kick into life after a load of pellet had been chucked in as a last chance saloon resort. A great battle ensued, and a 220lb arapaima slipped in to the cage and behaved itself long enough for a good photo to be taken, completing Pete’s wish list for this trip!

He was so happy with this outcome and the great time had at Gillham’s that he’s cancelled the few days he planned to spend in Phuket and will be returning in a few days’ time for a couple of extra days at the lake before heading back to England. Says it all really!



Finally and quickly, as time and space are getting short, are a nice couple from England called David Williams and Linzi Reece. They saved up their hard earned money and came for a “couple’s holiday” as much as a “fishing holiday”, but David, being a carper, really wanted to catch a carp or two, and of course a monster! Well in true Gillhams style David got his monster first, as he was quickly bent into a stonker of a Mekong, which weighed in at a hefty 185lb! David was over the moon; he knew that with the day outings they had planned, the fishing was going to be harder than a normal seven or ten-day session, and with a monster in the bag, it was pressure off, so to speak.

His next day’s fishing was fairly slow, so he dived up the top lake and was extremely impressed when he caught a cracking looking arawana, along with some Julian’s and a pacu. Next thing we knew they were off on a longtail boat for the day, and they both came back saying it was brilliant, as they had ended up on a deserted beach, done some snorkel diving and generally took in the beautiful sites and landscapes. They were off again the next afternoon as the elephant trekking was next on their agenda, and yet again it was smiles all round as they thoroughly enjoyed the trek, got some great photos, and David got in to give the old elephant a good wash!

Next up was a spot more fishing, and David was pleased when he landed a Siamese carp of 35lb, then the next day another two to 40lb, and then the last day on the main lake saw a dive up to the Grassy where he banked a nice Amazon red tail catfish. So he had caught three out of four of his target species, and he was chuffed, as the lake didn’t hand them to him on a plate – he fished patiently and earned them all.

So with the bulk of the fishing done all that remained now was a bit more sightseeing, so they booked Mr New (our superb taxi driver from Ao Nang) who took them on a day outing to The Emerald Pool, waterfalls and the hot spring, which they both enjoyed. One of the last things to do on their list was the Krabi King Cobra show. Now let’s face it, that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but they said it was brilliant, and the little monkey show at the end was great too! They came back with some fantastic photos, and even one with a snake round David’s leg… and even better that snake was also round Mark Murray’s leg, who was also out here at the time. With the sands of time running low, David and Linzi chilled out for a day or so, and our mighty leader said they could go on the top lake and have a little bash just before they went, so they whizzed round there and caught a load more, including a nice pacu and Julian’s for Linzi.


Well that’s it for another month here at Gillhams Fishing Resorts. We hope to meet many new anglers and make new friends over the next few months.

Once again many thanks to everyone who has fished here, and we hope to see you again in the near future. For those of you planning a return or first trip, please email Stuart or phone +66 (0) 861644554, and please remember we are +6 hours GMT.

Best wishes and tight lines from us all at Gillhams, and we hope your next fish is the one of your dreams (which it probably will be if you come to Gillhams).