Hi folks how’s it all going? Been catching any fish lately?
The power of the internet and making friends
The internet has many awesome usages (besides porn). It’s ability to connect people is by far unmatched. I write about my fishing stories on this humble little blog and I get to make friends with fellow fishermen all over. And, for some bizarre reason, my attempt at recreating chef Suzukis recipe for shimesabe has been reposted on a Russian food forum so this website occasionally gets visits from Russian non-fishermen too. The power of the internet sure is epic. Try to imagine blogging with just homing pigeons, that’s a lot of friggin’ bird poo!
Today I finally had a chance to fish with my friend Koji, an international businessman who brings along his fly fishing gear to just about wherever he goes to catch all sorts of awesome fish species, (check out his blog here: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/flyfishinginjapan). A few months back, Koji and I met up in Bangkok over a beer. We didn’t have a chance to fish together due to our schedule conflicts. However, this time round Koji was once again back in town for business and this time, we were both free to do some fishing!
So, to keep things convenient, we headed to Pilot 111.
Just couldn’t catch any barramundi!
For some reason on this windy, dark cloudy day the barramundi just weren’t biting on any of my lures. What made it worst was the fact that there was this couple beside me catching them non-stop by slowly retrieving 7cm rubber shads at the bottom. No matter how much of their methods we emulated, we all failed to copy their success.
The giant snakeheads
On the other hand, the giant snakeheads were very responsive to my tilapia swimbait. I caught a total of seven with the largest one weighing in at 3.44kg.
Koji masterfully landed some giant snakeheads of his own with his beautifully crafted homemade floating minnow fly.
Fishing the giant snakeheads made me realise something: due to their boney mouths hooks can be shaken from their mouths quite easily, and this is especially true to treble hooks. This piece of information will definitely come in handy for next week’s trip.
All for one
All in all, today was a fun day. Doc Green, Koji and I all had a splendid time pulling out giant snakeheads from the water and the lack of intense sunshine was a fantastic blessing from the heavens.
Anyway that concludes my fishing report for today.
Want more? Here’s Koji’s report of the same trip.