Welcome back to Bangkokhooker’s Fishing in Thailand! It is now July and for some reason the rainy season had just properly showed up. If you check out our most recent post regarding our visit to Srinakarin reservoir you will see that the water levels are extremely low considering the time of the year. In previous years, July would already be the start of the fry stalking season. Unfortunately, the July of 2014 has produced very little rain leaving our snakeheads wandering in the deep waiting for the water to rise enough to create spawning conditions.
Fattening up for the spawn
When the water level first rises this is when the snakeheads get most aggressive. A lot of people have the misconception that fry stalking is the best method to catch a large-sized snakehead. While that is true to an extent, I have found in my experience that the snakehead parent does not provide the best fight or weight. Thanks to its dedication to its young, the snakehead parent is usually very thin. The strongest of the snakeheads and the most fun to catch are the pre-spawning giant snakeheads. At first they are their usual neutral purplish color but as they start the nesting phase they become completely black with the exception of some white around their jaw. The purple and black phase of the giant snakehead is when they are their strongest and heaviest.
It’s all about timing
After over a week of continuous sunshine and almost no rain, I figured that the fishing should get better when the rain hits and raises the water levels. I was right. Our company arrived at Kaeng reservoir on the last day of 10-day long period of endless sunshine. With us for the first half of the day was our newest crew member, Angie from Iceland. Unfortunately for Angie, the intense rays of the sunset was unrelenting and kept going throughout the first half of the day, the only time she could fish since she had to go back to Bangkok to work.
By the second half of the day, the rains came and Angie was sitting at a computer table answering emails and corresponding with clients in the States. Kris and I continued our fishing and started seeing results around the later part of the day. Just like magic, the snakeheads started attacking things in the shallows near the sunken grass. All we had to do was just accurately cast our lures into the effected regions and BOOM, one giant snakehead each.
It’s important to observe that we caught them as a pair. These aren’t just a random pair of snakeheads, they have actually coupled. I caught the male with a JD’s Custom Bait peep toad and Kris caught the female with a buzz bait.
The next morning
It was our last day and we could only fish the first half of the day since we had our regular non-fishing lives to return to. Kris helped out with the camera work and helped film these nice topwater shots below as we fished the sunken grass for striped-snakeheads. Unfortunately we only got two topwater hits on camera and the one that caught the fish wasn’t recorded in time. It was a lovely striped-snakehead of roughly 400grams in weight.
It was a great trip. We brought in a new team member and managed to be the ones to catch the first snakeheads of the rainy season. Catch us again soon for next week’s trip!