Fish species: Barramundi, Chao Phraya catfish (aka dog-eating catfish), tilapia, striped-snakehead, Mekong giant catfish, alligator gar, tiger shovelnose catfish, Amazonian redtail and very rarely the elusive marble catfish.
Fishing type: Lure and bait fishing.
Location: Lat Kwang, Chachoengsao. The pond is approximately an hour’s drive from central Bangkok.
Directions (from central Bangkok):
- Take Banga-Traat highway or the Bangkok-Chonburi motorway until you reach highway 314 (Bang Pakong-Chachoensao highway).
- Go northbound (left) from the intersection of the 314 and the Bangkok-Chonburi motorway for a little over 5km.
- On the left side you will see a school next to the opening of a soi. Turn in and drive another 250m (their stupid map says 2km, which is totally wrong) and you will reach the Lad Kwang Temple.
- You will now be forced to turn left so do it.
- Keep driving along this meandering road, don’t sway off onto other random small paths.
- Along the way you will notice some blue signs directing you to the pond along the way.
- Once you cross a concrete bridge you should immediately see a blue sign to turn right to the pond, so do that, follow the road a little bit more and you’re there.
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GPS Coordinates: 13.603612,101.009481
Operating hours: [updated 7th of June 2012] Open Sunday only, 6am-10pm
Contact information: 086-159-4774, 084-362-7582
Price: B150 per rod for lure fishing (allows for fisherman to fish in all ponds with lure) and B50 per rod to bait fish per specified ponds.
Rods are available for rental at B50 per rod.
There is also breadbait for sale (prices starting at B50) for catfish and tilapia fishing.
Description: Look at the species list and you’ve got a fisherman’s dream come true. No more having to choose between fishing for Mekong giant catfish or lure fishing for barramundi and the bad boys of the Amazon (tiger shovelnose and Amazonian redtail) and the Floridian alligator gar.
The pond is situated in an agricultural area surrounded by rice fields and fish farms. The drive there from the temple is quite lovely and the air there is very fresh and clean considering that you are only an hour out of Bankgok.
Having only opened in January 2011, Freestyle fishing has a total of five ponds. So if you are reading this in 2011 and not that far into the future, their fish stock is still a little low but they do stock 20kg+ Mekongs in one pond but they too don’t bite too often. Lure fishermen can fish in all ponds while bait fishermen can only fish with bread baits in specified ponds.
The main lure fishing pond has really clear water with some water weeds growing in it giving the pond a very natural look.
The highlights of the pond:
- It allows lure fishing until 10pm
- Is relatively cheap
- Water vegetation is present in several ponds making it a great ambush spot for predators
- Has a large variety of species
- Many dining roofed dining areas within the fishing area as well as the clubhouse
- Their clubhouse has a pretty sweet pool table
- Toilets are clean with Western-style sit-down toilets (but with a Thai bucket flush)
- The food is both cheap and pretty good (I didn’t like their som tam but everything else was tasty)
- They can set u umbrella and chairs around the bait fishing ponds for the fisherman’s comfort
- The staff are friendly.
Tackle information: The Mekong giant catfish here are 20kg+ so be sure to prepare a sturdy set-up to handle that weight with enough line to work with. The barramundi and the other predator species range between 1-5kg so a basic lure set up that can handle 8-15lb is more than adequate.
The striped snakehead have infested and made their homes in every pond and they are by far the most aggressive (during my visit).
Pond difficulty: Quite hard as the fish fish numbers aren’t that high and the occasional competition they host gives them a lot of pressure but the fish bite best at dusk and they go after topwater lures then.