Fish species: giant snakehead, barramundi, pacu, tilapia, Asian redtail catfish, striped snakehead and spotted featherback.
Fishing type: Lure and fly fishing for all species and bait fishing for tilapia.
Location: The pond is located just off the Bangna-Trad highway at kilometre 39.5. If you are driving from Bangkok take the Bangna-Trad elevated highway and get off at Bang Wua (บางวัว), make a U-turn then immediately go into the left lane. The road will then bend a little to the left. Right after the bend you will see the sign for Pilot 111 on the left. Travel along the small road and you will find the pond on your left.
Directions in Thai/ทางไปบ่อตกปลา:
ทางไปบ่อตกปลา ไพลอท 111
- ขับรถบนเส้น บางนา-ตราด จนถึง กม. 38
- พอขับเลยสะพาน แล้ว เลี้ยวซ้ายไปทาง อบต. บางสมัคร
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Operating hours: Open Sat-Thur 9am-6pm. Closed Fridays.
Contact information: 086-316-8773.
Price: B500 per rod.
Description: Considering that lure fishing ponds charge only about B100-200 baht the B500 rod cover would be very steep for most people and rightly so. But, for the B500 you are getting every little bang for your satang (Thai pennies) for three very good reasons. Firstly, this fishing location which used to have just five ponds now has a total of eight ponds stocking the various species listed above.
The premises are also very beautifully kept. Manicured lawns, shady small bamboo huts, very nice toilets and a decent restaurant that can cook your fish for you, Pilot 111 has a lot to offer even for non-anglers. Usually families would come for an early dinner to watch the rain of sardines and the monstrous barramundi that get pulled up.
UPDATE – As of August 2011, Pilot 111 now has very nice air-conditioned rooms to stay in.
here are their rates:
1. Day-stay (6am-6pm), no sleep over – B1500 per room. One room accommodates 4 guests.
2 Night-stay, check in noon and check out noon the next days – B2000 per room. Room accommodates 4 guests and there will be complimentary breakfast for 2.
3. Private Friday, usually Pilot 111 is closed on Fridays but guests who stay over night on Thursday can fish privately on Friday. – The rate is B5000 and it includes the room for 4 and free fishing for 2.
* However, though it says that one room accommodates 4 guests, in reality there is only enough beds for 2 guests. Some of the rooms come with 2 single beds and some with one double bed. They may have more bedding options if you call in advance.
Tackle information: the most essential piece of tackle you will need here is either a shock leader or a wire leader. Barramundi can be bait-robbing assholes thanks to the sharp cutters on their cheeks so a high abrasion leader-line is a must.
Lure and fly fishing are the methods to be used here. What works here changes according to what the fish are feeling. Shallow jerk-baits, rubber shad, surface poppers and flies work well here. Since there are so many ponds the strategy almost always varies from pond to pond. For example, the snakeheads either like big shallow plugs or small shiny spinnerbaits. Pond number 2 likes medium sized jerk baits and big poppers. But this can be different on any given day. Personally I’ve found some serious success on a particular trip after attaching a fly to the end of a large popper.
However, what works changes all the time so best to bring a large selection of lures or flies.
Fish here are usually around 1-3kg but some people have landed 10kg monster barramundi before but that’s uber rare.
Pond difficulty: Stupidly easy to medium. With the right set up, anyone can land a barramundi here during feeding time. The snakeheads don’t bite as often can get really aggressive at random times of the day. All the ponds vary in difficulty and their difficulty changes over time.
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