The gang and the catches from the trip

The Bangkok Hooker gang met up once again to do some deep sea fishing courtesy of Marcus, friend and fellow fishing in Thailand blogger (his website - http://bangkokburt.wordpress.com/). This time round we rounded a total of four of us from the hooker forum: myself (Bangkokhooker), Alex (Alexwest79), Tap (Dechopan) and Marcus (MarcusBurtbkk). Also with us was Sheng-Yen, Tsar and Graham.

 

Our trip last year was messy due to the big-ass flood putting many of the confirmed fishermen under house arrest, incapable of leaving their homes. This year a few more showed up and luckily for us, we scheduled the trip better this time having it fall under a dark moon period, which made squid fishing infinitely easier. For those who have never fished for squid here is how it works: we park the boat in the middle of a particular spot in the sea, turn on the big bright lights to attract the plankton, which in turn attract small fish, which in turn attract the squid and cuttlefish. All we had to do was cast our squid lures into the water, move it around once in a while and wait for a cephalopod to wrap its tentacles around it before we reel it up and add them to the livewell. The squid can then become a variety of things including deep-fried calamari, sashimi, tom yum or in this particular case: live-bait for the fish that we would fish later in the morning.

 

This type of bait fishing was definitely quite different from what I am used to, it’s definitely more of a chill-out  fishing style than the active freshwater lure fishing that I am more used to. It felt more like a relaxing holiday and in many ways it was. We cast our bait out, set back and drink cold beers from our coolers while munching away on tasty treats and when we’ve caught enough fish we’d add sashimi or beer-battered fish to menu. It was a very hard life (sarcasm intended times 9,001 units).

With two nights spent at sea doing nothing but eating, drinking and fishing it was no surprise that most of us gained around 4kg each.

Fishing highlights of the trip included:

- Over 10 spanish mackerel caught
- Tap and Sheng-Yen catching countless of small to medium sized fish via the sabiki rigs
- Tap landing a 10kg+ queenfish
- Alex landing a pompino via his light jigging gear

 

Link to Marcus’ post regarding the trip.

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3 Responses to Annual sea fishing trip 2012

  1. KevinL says:

    When you’re fishing with like minded friends, it’s always good times ahead!

    Oh yes, free flowing beer and glorious food is definitely icing on the cake :)

    Btw, like the new additions to the forum.

  2. Tony says:

    When is the next fishing trip? I would like to join as well. New to fishing. Been fishing in Thailand for the last 4 years specially fly fishing in Esarn. Now I am in Bangkok and looking forward to join a fishing group like yours. Do let me know if it is possible to join.

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