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Ocean fishing in Phuket, Thailand

Posted by on October 20, 2019

Well, this is a first! First time being in Thailand, first time being in Southeast Asia. And it sure is damn hot and filled to the brim full of TOURISTS! I could not comprehend the insanity of all these people being down there especially since it’s not high tourist season but I suppose that’s what happens when you market it as a tourist haven. So many people… which is why I need to escape to the nearby water to go FISHING!

For some reason, a lot of people don’t really think of doing this activity while in Thailand as they are too interested in the booze, bright night lights, and other stupidity going on (I shouldn’t have to explain the moronic drunken state of people). Also, forget lying on the beach and boozing up the night life…. and then having to deal with a loud, obnoxious drunk or some idiot yelling and screaming stupid obscenities. This ain’t the Balearic Islands! No! I want minimum amount of people with clear blue skies and oceans to go fishing! This was why I came to Thailand – to fish! There weren’t a lot of other people out there on the water but a few boaters, a few fishermen, jet skis… but not enough to jam-pack the waters with people like on land especially on the beaches. Nope! And another great part about all this is that I went fishing for the first time in Indian Ocean waters so this was an exciting time to fish new waters which means that there is a great chance to catch new fish species.

But of course, fishing saltwater species means that you will never know what you will catch out there until you put that hook in the water and set it when there is a bite. So you must always be ready for a long fight and in these waters during autumn, it was practically Dorado / Mahi Mahi heaven! Nothing but feisty, hard-fighting Dorados everywhere! I was actually looking forward to catching other species but I found out that they generally show up later, but that’s fine. I can live with that since we all caught a ton of Mahi Mahi! An ice box full of them!

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Here’s a photo of a Dorado that I hooked up. Even the small ones at 3-5 pounds, these fish fight unusually hard. And another amazing fact is that they grow really fast but don’t live long (maybe 4-5 years max).

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Just look at how many Mahi Mahis were in the ice box! For some reason, the Thai government has no fishing zones but no daily limits on how many fish you can take and harvest. And another weird thing is that the Thais consider Dorados / Mahi Mahi to be an inferior fish and often sold at low discount rates.

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I caught a fairly decent-sized Dorado on this trip. I’ve caught bigger but these fish just kept coming and coming for our baits!

And at the end of the day for both days I went fishing, I took one of the smaller Dorados to get it cooked Thai-style!

Dorado with garlic and peppers

This was Dorado with garlic and pepper which was tasty. It had a nice taste to it. The cost to have a Thai restaurant cook it was so minimal – just 100 Thai Baht (less than US$5 or about 4 euros)!

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This was Dorado with 3 spices. This was by far, the best of all the Thai-cooking of fish that you catch and bring it to the kitchen experts of any Thai seafood restaurant.

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And you can also get your seafood live as some restaurants will have tanks with fish, crabs, lobsters, and even these guys: Mantis Shrimp! They are not true shrimps but more like lobsters – which they do taste like lobster. These mantis shrimps were cooked with garlic and pepper. And by the way, these mantis shrimps don’t have the punching ability but rather they use spears to hunt their prey. This species is farmed throughout Southeast Asia and they have a more whitish/gray color compared to other mantis shrimps which may come in a variety of colors.

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Another awesome dish is to go with lobster. Even though it might be pricey, get the biggest one possible as it will have the most meat and most juiciest of all the meat in those tanks! Most of the lobsters are not the rainbow colored ones but more like brownish-white colors. I think they all taste the same though… like lobster!

Tip: If you’re going to fish in Thailand, bring sunscreen, water, camera, and know what you are doing because it’s going to be hot out there in the water! Make sure you drink water the day prior to fishing – you will sweat a lot! I also recommend book 2 days of fishing because you never know with the weather that you might be forced to stay on land. Also, some fishing boat captains like to rotate locations which result in catching different fish species. I remember fishing in Slovenia where the first two days were at this one stretch of a river but different parts of it and then on the third day, off to a completely different river. It was quite nice going to the other river since there was no other fishermen and I caught one rare Hybrid Marble/Brown Trout! I wished the same as I boarded the fishing boat in Phuket!

Tip: It’s best to go out at least 2 days of fishing out on the open seas because you never know if the weather might play a nasty role in ruining your chances like it did when I went after Whitespotted Char in Japan but never got an opportunity due to severe wind and rain. We went to the same fishing area 2 days in a row and the second day was far different from the first – more and bigger fish around! You just never know as the fish were there today but gone tomorrow and back again the day after.

Tip: Ensure that you bring a rain jacket (or at least a full-body condom) and hearing protection when you go on what’s called a long-tail boat. Thais have a very different type of fishing boat out there that doesn’t look anything like I’ve seen and that includes the pangas in Mexico. They are called longtail boats where a propeller is connected by a long pole to an engine that is exposed. Some are really loud so bring that hearing protection! And rain gear is a must – it’s the jungle/tropical area so a massive rainstorm can come in and despite the hot, warm weather… you will be very cold when it’s windy and rainy. I learned my lesson from being in the jungles of Nicaragua fishing for Snook and Tarpon there.

Tip: Make sure you take a fish whole to one of the seafood restaurants as they will cook your fish for a very cheap price. There is usually a variety of ways you can have it cooked but my favorite so far has been the 3 spices – get that! I wished that I could have had some tortillas and bring to La Paz, Mexico for a Thai-Mexican food fusion!

Contact:
http://www.fishing-khaolak.com/