Dear fishing friends,
it’s been a while and I apologize for my incredibly long absence. I’ve been away helping some family and friends reignite the fires of a sushi restaurant, (www.soniesushibar.com or facebook.com/soniesushibar, go check it out, they are really sweet people and their sushi rolls are epic and my reason for helping them out in the first place).
I’m sorry I haven’t been writing much about my fishing trips as of late. I”ve been shifting my focus more on my Youtube Channel (and have been slowly building up the subscriber number to over 12,000!!! HEYOOO!) However I’ve learnt a very valuable lesson in the process: I miss writing here, it’s where this all started back in 2009 as a WordPress Blog. You guys, my dear readers, have been with me from the very beginning, thank you, I hope you’re still there because I’m going to start writing about fishing and the Thai life again. And yes, I’m growing my hair out and rocking a moustache again, what can I say? I currently want to look like a pirate.
HYPER GALACTIC COBRA SNAKEHEAD HUNT FOR ETERNAL GLORY
My time as a restaurateur now ends as I leave my position at the Sushi restaurant for the search of fishing glory and document it to the world to see. To reinvigorate my passion for the rod, line and reel, I needed a worthy goal: a fish I’ve never caught that I’ve always wanted to catch. A beast that lurks in the shadows of sunken rocks, tucked deep away in the further reaches of the reservoirs, it’s name: The Cobra Snakehead aka Plaa Chon Ngu Hao (ปลาช่อนงูเห่า). In other countries, this fish is known as the bullseye snakehead thanks to the black circle yellow trim mark on its tail, but seriously, that’s just a boring name for such an epic fish and it definitely deserves a grander moniker than… bullseye snakehead… ugh. Seriously? If we were to identify a species from a trait can’t we pick the cooler trait? I mean large mouth bass definitely sounds a lot more intimidating than “green bass” right?
The cobra snakehead gets its Thai name from its long, snake-like body. Some records show that they are actually capable of growing up to 120cm. The are usually yellow or brown in color depending on the season. In spawning, some of their scales will turn green. As mentioned earlier, they have a black spot on their tail. If you live in Bangkok like I do, the closest option to catching one of these in the wild would be Srinakarin reservoir (but if anyone knows a closer locations please share it in the comments and we can go make a video there together!).
The Long Journey
To get to this specific spot, I needed to drive about 5-6 hours, ride a boat for another one and half hour and THEN I could fish. The journey was long and pleasant. Lula and I stopped by the Porto Chino shopping area to stock up on supplies on easy-to-prepare food for our stay up there. First we drove past Kanchanaburi City, then drove into the territory of the reservoir, crossed a chunk of the reservoir on a ferry, drove to the first house boat, took a long tail boat with all our gear and supplies to our home for the night and then went fishing.
What’s a raft house?
Our boatman took us to the deep northern end of Srinakarin where proper accommodation was extremely scarce. Our home for the night was a floating raft house anchored to the banks. It had a wall only on one side leaving the sleeping area completely exposed to the rest of the world. The toilet was the only area of the raft that had four walls and the toilet part was just a hole in the ground that led straight to the reservoir underneath. The only source of light came from some fluorescent lightbulbs powered by a car battery at night. We didn’t come here for luxury or comfort, we were here purely to find the cobra snakehead.
To not spoil the rest of the story, I think I’ll leave the rest of the story to the video I’ve made. Enjoy: