One of the best parts about fishing in Thailand is the large variety of things we can do here as a fisherman. Apart from our large selection of natural fishing, there is also the option to go to some very good pay ponds for very reasonable prices. Unlike the pay ponds of Singapore or Malaysia, fishing ponds in Thailand usually do not charge by the hour but rather by the day or half-day. With our large supply of fish farms there is always an abundance of fish to stock these ponds so the impatient fisherman would never have to wait too long or go through nature’s obstacle course to catch a trophy-sized river monster.
Also there is the issue of money. Not all of us can afford boats or flights to the Amazon to go do some fishing. In Thailand, for a fee, one can find himself fishing for all sorts of exotic species from Thailand and across the world from the comforts of a civilized setting without having to break the bank (usually anyways).
Yes it is somewhat cheating for the natural purists out there but there are two ways to justify it:
- Fishing at a pay pond is like going to the driving range: it can be done as practice for the real thing someday.
- Or, fishing at a pay pond is like going to the brothel: you’re paying for a quick thrill that would have taken a lot more effort in a natural scenario… but the only thing you’ll be catching is fish.
Anyway, to view some of the ponds that I have visited and chose to write about, just put your mouse cursor to the navigation bar above labeled “Fishing Ponds” and select one of the ponds.