here's something I'd like to notify you all: beware of the rum scam.
*Rum (รำ) is granulated rice husk and is the main bait for herbivorous and omnivorous fish in Thailand. Thanks to Bungsamran's incompetence in the English language they misspelled it was "lam" instead of rum causing international confusion. Rum is spelled in Thai with the letter "ร", our version of the letter "r" followed by the vowel, " ำ" which sounds like "um" so together they spell "rum" NOT "lam".
The rum scam
A lot of the houseboats at the reservoirs would offer a service to bait a particular area, a week or two in advance, with rum for bait fishermen to go after species like tilapia, rohu, striped catfish and any other bottom feeding herbivore or omnivore. Clients are expected to pay in advance. Usually baiting shouldn't cost anymore than B1,000-2,000.
1. There is no way to ensure that the baiting has been done – say you arrive to the location and catch no fish, they can easily blame it on things like weather, water levels and etc. Of course they wouldn't blame the fact that they didn't bait the area.
2. To the uninitiated, they can easily lie about the prices and charge way too much – A Thai friend of mine was told that they could bait an area in Khao Laem reservoir for him for B10,000!
Unless you are really sure of your baiter I suggest that you avoid this type of fishing. However some houseboats are specifically designed for rum chumming and are a lot more trustworthy than a few names which I will not mention as I am the admin of this website.
My suggestion is to ask around before investing, know your baiter before you give him your money.
Cheers and tight lines!
September 21, 2012
January 20, 2012
March 8, 2012
Thanks to Bungsamran's incompetence in the English language they misspelled it was "lam" instead of rum causing international confusion. Rum is spelled in Thai with the letter "ร", our version of the letter "r" followed by the vowel, " ำ" which sounds like "um" so together they spell "rum" NOT "lam".
Or maybe… the lam pronunciation was coming from local Esan employee as far as in Esan, all what is "R" is actually pronounced "L" 555
Thanks for the thread, quite useful to share this kind of info
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