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   Old Thread  #193 13 Feb 2019 at 0.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi every time I have been there they have done me a deal on the extra rod I think normally works out around 35 pounds a day
I always get a sack and normally lasts a week, i might be scratching around the last day for a bit of bait but you can always buy smaller amounts if running low.
you get a bucket of pellet every day when you arrive to your swim.
most of the bait will go in using bags i find or just in the margin.
i am there for 8 days week after next so can let you know if anything has changed
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   Old Thread  #192 9 Feb 2019 at 1.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Im there on the 26 th May this year ......for three days ..... anyone out there the same time
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   Old Thread  #191 18 Jan 2019 at 4.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Doesn't sound too good for November then . I've got some prices for extra pellet and it's over £110 for a 20kg sack!! £60 per day plus for an extra rod! How much pellet do people generally use per day? Is the stick pellet crap? Looks like i'm gonna have to start saving!!
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   Old Thread  #190 17 Jan 2019 at 6.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I fished at Gillhams around 18 months ago, it was okay but very expensive. If i ever went there again I would spomb the swim to death with the pellets what they sell, and I mean a sack of them a day all £100 quid!! You'll catch more carp doing that than anything else.

Agreed about the stingray, I have tried to catch it too. That fish is no mug! A pleasure to see it swimming in front of you as it is huge.

I caught a few Julians carp in the little lake when I went up there for a few hours, the biggest I had was around 14lb. Excellent fight from them, they fight way harder than a carp that size in england.

The worst thing at Gillhams though is the ants, they have no worries about attacking you and are horrible.
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   Old Thread  #189 17 Jan 2019 at 11.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for that .......
So basically just under 2k sterling each plus flights.

thats quite a chunk of £££'s

I need to put a few more pennies in the jar ! ! !
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   Old Thread  #188 16 Jan 2019 at 11.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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this year its around 120,000 Baht for 2 of us 6 full days fishing and half day either side.
We done the same trip last year and i think on top of the 120,000 Baht it cost us around a 1000 pounds (500 each) for the extra rod each for the whole time plus extra bait and beer and food.
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   Old Thread  #187 16 Jan 2019 at 6.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can you give an accurate price on what each visit actually cost you.
I am finding all the half day / 2 people sharing etc and the bait add ons a bit confusing.
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   Old Thread  #186 16 Jan 2019 at 3.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've been November twice - and I don't think it's fished its head off either time. In fact it was quite slow both times…. Second time, in 5 days I had one Siamese and one Arapaima. But that’s not a problem.

And some small stuff - Nile Perch, and Asian RedTail (which was transferred into the runs water). Both times the Amazon redtails have not really been on the feed - I think I've seen two caught all the time I was there and not one last time I was there. However, despite it being average to slow – over the ten days fishing I’ve had Siamese to 90lb, two arapaima to 300lb, Asian Redtails to about 35lb, Red Bellied Pacu to around 20lb. (that afternoon I had 9 takes off them – and couldn’t keep 2 rods in the water) Also had that small Nile Perch and a Giant Featherback. The weird and wonderful fish are great. No sign of any Julians Carp.

There will always be something to target. When I banked just two decent fish last visit I spent quite possibly 3 days, stalking the big ray that frequents the swims opposite the rooms. Think its swims 8-10 or something. Be sat there then this 125lb ray was coming up practically fins on the bank to get at the water snails in the margins. I had a fish head on the plant pot, burying the hooklink under stones putting some weed around the slack line so it wouldn’t get suspicious. It didn’t work, it nicked the fish head or dropped it every time, and it’s smarter than any Carp I’ve tried to stalk here in the UK. I also lost two Mekong through my own fault – they strip line like you’re using a match reel.

Being on my own and when there are friends of the owners there in party (happened both times) makes it difficult to get a decent swim (or should I say a swim you fancy) – but there is enough in there to try and make the most of any swim. I have two Arapaima under the belt including one of the biggies despite not fishing Harry bay, etc. The 300lb one I saved up my free boilies (didn’t see the point) and then baited up some weed with a 3kg of boilies where a couple had rolled, and plonked one on top. And off it went.

Tennis balls to puncture and pop on the butt of the rods. Heavy Backleads. Baiting needles / drills. Head torch, of course. Pike float and stops etc (for Mekong) – maybe research a bit, Going pop-ups or baits, you can email in advance – tins of luncheon meat or pepperami. I took Sz 2 wide gapes and the Eagle point catfish hooks in various sizes. Watershoes for getting in the drink. Got some catfish hookling braid. They sometimes recommend circle hooks (don’t strike). And do what I did if you’re struggling and ‘buy’ a 3rd rod. The best tip is to listen to the guides…. They say their best customers are non-anglers rather than anglers, as they are more willing to listen. Which I understand – because some of the fishing you will be doing rips up the normal rule books.

That's quite a positive review, considering I might go else where next time. For me I just found it a rather unwelcoming place after Spug left.

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   Old Thread  #185 15 Jan 2019 at 9.02am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm out this November for 4 nights in one of the bungalows. I've read through the thread and was suprised as i thought stupidly there would be a chance of getting a swim near to where we were staying but sounds like pot luck. There are two couples in two bungalows so was hoping to fish near each other for obvious reasons.

With regards to the bait, it sounds like £20 a day of pellet needs to be factored in? Pop ups/wafters seem to change colour in effectiveness from match the hatch to whites/yellows?

I've seen some suggestions around glugs or dips. Do these make a discernable difference or not really worth it?

What hook patterns do people recommend when taking their own?

Is it sufficient to just take hooklink and hooks only?

Are people trying to find features or just chuck and chancing with PVA bags?
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   Old Thread  #184 10 Jan 2019 at 10.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Been twice, listen to the guides, buy them a beer at dinner time, give them a decent tip when leaving and that includes glock, the main man. Enjoy, and those fish will leave you shattered!
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   Old Thread  #183 10 Jan 2019 at 12.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Many Thanks. Getting slightly nervous now that I wont get a reasonable spot before having to leave!! The missus has watched the Korda boys haul so is expecting similar results despite my reasoning!!
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   Old Thread  #182 9 Jan 2019 at 3.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I was out there in mid Nov they supply you with a spod rod and spombs, I took my own catapult.
you can get spam out there, I would take some small pop ups.

they use a lot smaller hooks than recommended on the website so size 4 hooks for the carp and size 2 or 1 for the catfish.

it is pot luck when you get there where you get a swim, I was on the far bank for 5 days before I could get a swim near my room. so I did not see much of the wife for the first 5 days.

there were people out there for 3 weeks and in the same swim for the whole time so it is pot luck where you can get a swim, the first 1/2 day you will be put in whatever swim is available.

I would go on the small lake if someone hooks a big fish as you can end up with no rods in the water for 1 to 2 hours.

I ended up with 7 redtails and 5 simiese carp over the 7 days the fishing was pretty hard for the carp.

listen to the bailiffs they know their stuff and take a load of pva bags out there as you go through them pretty quick, I would say 200 to 300 for a weeks fishing
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   Old Thread  #181 7 Jan 2019 at 12.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Martin. Apparently they do still stock LM on site so may get there or in Bangkok before transferring over. Hopefully getting a catapult into Dubai wont be a problem as staying there for a few days before moving onto Thailand. I am only at Gillham's for 2.5 days of fishing so trying to hit the ground running in terms of tactics and equipment/bait to take. Watching all the you Tube stuff at the moment to pick up as much info as possible as well.
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   Old Thread  #180 7 Jan 2019 at 11.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you have the room then I would take your own catapult and spomb. As mentioned, there are spombs and catapults available for use there, but they are well used. We took tins of spam with us in the case but you can buy it at the lake if you can't take any. You could always drop them an email to confirm they still stock it, they were very quick to reply to us prior to our visit. Good luck for March .
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   Old Thread  #179 5 Jan 2019 at 3.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Mark. Would like to take a few bits so will see what I can squeeze in.
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   Old Thread  #178 5 Jan 2019 at 1.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i would defo take a catapult and spomb as some of the bits are very well used there, i also used the spomb for the Mekong. would 100% take spam as the cats love it but I am pretty sure they sell spam at the lake.
I dont know how much space you have in your bag but im taking alarms too as they are very dated there unless they have changed them this year.
i have always tipped the helpers and got them a beer in the bar.
good luck there mate if its your first time there it will be even better than you imagine.
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   Old Thread  #177 4 Jan 2019 at 9.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm out there in March, great post carp corner, other things I was wondering about, is it worth taking a Spomb and catapult or will bags do. Did you take spam and peparami with you or buy there. We are doing Dubai first and not sure if they will allow such products in through customs.

Also do you tip the helpers??

Thanks
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   Old Thread  #176 4 Jan 2019 at 5.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm there just before you in Feb. I'll let you know how I get on.
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   Old Thread  #175 24 Jan 2018 at 5.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Has anyone been recently? I am there Feb 23rd,
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   Old Thread  #174 10 Oct 2017 at 1.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The 'weed' I mentioned was the plants tied to the bank; Hyacinth or floating weed as the guides called it.
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   Old Thread  #173 10 Oct 2017 at 1.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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sounds about right from when I was there last year... was no weed then I went though.

Shame they not changing the pellet over yet so that the one that actually works you get free everyday instead of having to pay extra for the good stuff

Still sounds like you had a great time, ive started to get the itch to go back now so looking for 2019 I think.
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   Old Thread  #172 6 Oct 2017 at 8.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good informative post 👍
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   Old Thread  #171 6 Oct 2017 at 3.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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can't wait, I am there in Nov 2018 one off my bucket list
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   Old Thread  #170 5 Oct 2017 at 12.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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spot on mate, looking forward to my return trip at Easter
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   Old Thread  #169 4 Oct 2017 at 11.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi all.

Recently home from our first trip to Gillhams, we caught 34 fish between 2 of us in 6 days. I thought I'd offer some small bits of information/advice based on our trip.

Spam/Peperami - If you like catching Amazon Red Tail Catfish then take plenty of Spam/Peperami. We caught consistently on it for our time there. Foot long rigs with a large hook with hair rigged inch size cubes fished tight to the weed in the day, once night was approaching the fish came out of the weed and we caught them at our feet, 2-3 takes was common in the last hour 7pm-8pm.

Small baits - As advised we tried fishing for the Siamese carp with pop-ups such as Manilla, Nutcracker etc in whites and pinks but the successful tactics were large PVA bags filled with pellet (larger pellet purchased there, not the pellet that is included) with a hookbait matched as closely as possible to the pellet, this ended up being some black mini dumbell hookbaits we had taken in case we fished the little lake. This accounted for 3-4 fish a day including 2 over 140lb.

File - Take a file, some rigs are recycled (particularly your first day), it was nice to touch up the hook points and I'm convinced it made a difference.

Fishery boilies - Don't ignore the fishery boilies, they accounted for some different species for us such as Juliens Carp and Pacu.

Additives - Take some glug type liquids in meat and fruit varieties so you have the option to alter the approach for different species.

Bivvy Table - Every day I thought to myself how useful a little bivvy table would have been to keep the essentials on. I'll definitely be making room for one next time.

Baiting - Some guys opposite us put a considerable amount of bait in consistently through the time we were there whereas we fished for a bite at a time. I would say the amount of bites we had was very similar, with us edging it if anything.

PVA - We used the slow melt bags from Castaway PVA. There was no need to double bag them even with the humidity and rain, they were fine.

Shorts - Take two pairs round to your swim, after catching a fish it was nice to chuck some dry shorts on and hang up the others rather than sit in wet shorts all day.

7am - Get to your swim well in advance of when the fishing starts so you can be casting in at bang on 7am. Twice we had takes by 7.10am that wouldn't have happened without being organised.

Wi-Fi - There is Wi-Fi in the swims but it is by no means reliable, if you are thinking of passing the time doing something that relies on the Wi-Fi I would take a back up option. Radio/films on iPad/book etc.

Food - The menu is huge and everything we tried was lovely, the chefs are happy to adjust ingredients to suit (reducing the amount of spice/heat etc).

Extras - Have heard of some fisheries in Thailand charging you for unexpected things (such as using air con in the rooms), there was none of this at Gillhams and when we settled up a full itemised bill was produced with items and time purchased.

Hope this helps .
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   Old Thread  #168 30 Aug 2017 at 10.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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when you book you get an email telling you want bait is working at the moment 14mm nut cracker pop ups are working well in white.
they also give you a list of kit you might want to take.

the only thing I am not sure about is rigs they tell you what hooks to take if you want to tie your own rigs, but I am not sure what they use as it say use size 1 hooks so I guess the pop up acts as a wafter.

3/0 hooks for arry's I think that's with a fish bait.

cant wait to go there 14 months to wait.

I am going for a week at Gillhams and a week in Krabbi
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   Old Thread  #167 25 Aug 2017 at 1.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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just out of interest, what rigs did you make?
i used quicksilver and their hooks and did ok, just interested in how other people fished as going back in the spring.
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   Old Thread  #166 25 Aug 2017 at 6.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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yes... most important take PVA bags and lots of them

You need to double up too otherwise they melt before they hit the bottom.

I got through just under 60 in 3 days.
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   Old Thread  #165 24 Aug 2017 at 4.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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you use there leads there and rigs if you want but I made my own rigs, pretty long too
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   Old Thread  #164 24 Aug 2017 at 4.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I would take PVA bags, White pops up, had all of mine on white pop ups.
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   Old Thread  #163 23 Aug 2017 at 2.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks goochy. RE: Pop-ups, were you fishing a standard carp style lead arrangement or method feeder?
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   Old Thread  #162 23 Aug 2017 at 1.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I went last November and if is the same I would recommend taking

Hooks - None in the shop at time
hooklink material - none in the shop at time
headtorch - if you get a Mekong on before dark you will be fighting it into the dark
selection of small pop ups' - I was catching on yellow 12mm

Apart from that not a lot you really need if I remember right -- oo extra cash for the pellet you do not get in your bait freebies which you will need t purchase a lot of.
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   Old Thread  #161 23 Aug 2017 at 1.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had a great time at Gillhams couple years back, highly recommended!!! But take time out to play some golf and hit the bars / beaches too!!
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Heading to Gillhams for a week in just over a month's time. Feel well prepared, but one question to those that have been, do you have any "must take items"?
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   Old Thread  #159 19 Aug 2017 at 8.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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So looking to going to one to one of the Thai lakes in January what one would you suggest and how much am I likely to pay all in week on my own
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   Old Thread  #158 17 Aug 2017 at 4.58am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm back there end of Feb 2018 too cant wait.
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   Old Thread  #157 11 Jul 2017 at 8.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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variety is the spice of life. I am back there for my second trip at Easter 2018
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   Old Thread  #156 10 Jul 2017 at 3.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have just book November 2018 cant wait.
shark fishing this November in cape verde next November god knows what I will be catching
happy days
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   Old Thread  #155 24 Mar 2017 at 9.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have to agree with it, because anyone can have a lake with some large fish in and just feed them up daily.

For example, i think its Jakob Vagner with the Arapaima record, and thats about 350lb. i would say about half of the fish that are caught in the fishing parks are above that weight.

I will be sure to post some up
Ive given myself 3 days to catch one, should be in with a shout.
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   Old Thread  #154 23 Mar 2017 at 10.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I hope you do and I look forward to seeing the pics!

I think the reason Tim Webb could not claim record, as I understand it from the website for his lake, was due to the change in the IGFA Rules I mentioned below - apparently the change was that as of 11th January 2014 the IGFA would no longer accept world record claims made from fishing parks.

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300lb is easily do-able. Il do it, dont worry - i will report back in July!

Didnt Tim Webb claim the record for Siamese carp not that long ago? About 220lb.
That fish has now been moved lake

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   Old Thread  #152 23 Mar 2017 at 6.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The trouble is I do not think the majority go to Gillhams aiming to catch numbers of 40lb -80lb Siamese; you go there to try to catch a 100lb+ Siamese and if you do not then so be it. More small fish for more runs also = greater biomass = less food for the bigger fish and less room for them to grow on. Introducing more fish might result in more runs but it is not going to help the bigger fish get bigger.

500lb+ arapaima have already been caught at Gillhams; it is not a case of there is a 500lb fish in there which has not been caught, I think the lake record for an arapaima which has been caught at Gillhams was estimated at something like 550lb+.

In respect of the world record thing I do not think it is an issue of not wanting to claim; Gillhams has previously claimed a number of world records for species and still holds them, so much as I am sure I read somewhere that the IGFA had introduced some new regulations which meant claiming fish (or perhaps it was only specific types of fish) as world records from commercial fisheries in Thailand was no longer an option - someone on here might be able to clarify though.

I agree the original fish had to come from somewhere but Gillhams has been open for 10 years now and if you look through the early newsletters you will see that the biggest fish then were a lot smaller than the biggest fish now -

I hope you have another good trip this year and good luck with the 300lb+ Mekong (I know they can get that size but that is still quite ambitious for a lake Mekong).





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   Old Thread  #151 23 Mar 2017 at 5.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I wasnt convinced by my maths either! think i had got the KG and LB mixed up when doing it in my head!
I agree the fish are smaller, but i certainly wasnt lacking big fish and also had a large number of fish. I hooked a fair few more too. I think Gilhams needs to introduce some more fish - perhaps siamese carp around the 40-80lb mark to increase the catch rate. Not a runs water by any means, but 6 fish in a week wouldn't please me.

Ive never understood saying you have world record fish when they have never been claimed / verified?
Surely with the amount of Arapaima that are caught (i agree with you there) the big one that is supposedly in there would have been caught by now. They are the snaggy, mazy lakes where fish can get lost for years. - like a wraysbury.
I will happily retract my statement when this fish is caught...

Arapaima are stocked at fairly large weights. There are traders that have offered fish over 400lb for sale. It is difficult to transport them and its alot of risk for the money involved. completely agree.
Most venues use the stock ponds now, but they are only beginning to introduce the fish. These large initial fish had to come from somewhere, i can assure you not all of them were grown on!

I do like the attitude of protection regarding the fish, Jurassic has the same policy regarding handling.

I will be out there this year, and will catch a 300+ mekong for sure. I didnt fancy them last time as they are a bit easy to hook. The fight will be a laugh though
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   Old Thread  #150 23 Mar 2017 at 4.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We did indeed!
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   Old Thread  #149 23 Mar 2017 at 4.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think from your post on Jurassic Mountain, very good write up and excellent pictures by the way , that you had 43 fish and a total weight of about 1,800lb that puts your average at around 42lb not 82lb. The average stamp of the fish in Jurassic Mountain is not comparable with the average stamp of the fish in Gillhams. Jurassic Mountain also does not hold the numbers of fish of world record size that Gillhams does (regardless of whether or not they can be claimed) and that is part of what the premium you pay to fish at Gillhams is for. So I agree you are likely to catch more fish at Jurassic Mountain but the average size of your fish will be bigger at Gillhams.

I also do not think you are on the mark with the comments about the arapaima at Gillhams; my understanding was that the Arapaima in there have grown on to that size over the years, and there are 500lb+ arapaima in there, having been stocked at smaller weights (the logistics of transporting and then stocking 500lb+ fish and especially fish as easily stressed as arapaima which can be prone to heart attacks makes the suggestion all the more unlikely) - Gillhams has a stock pond on site beside the main lake, which you see when you are there, in which they grow the next generation of arapaima on (you cannot fish for these). In my experience there was no fish they were more protective of than the arapaima; no lifting at all so as not to damage the bone in the back that can break easily (only allowed to tilt the fish in the water), minimum of time with them in the water to keep the stress to a minimum, no long rigs to prevent deep hooking etc etc - there were a lot out the week I was there not one of the fish I saw returned did not return strongly and there were no signs of any injured or dying fish that I could see in the 10 days I was there. In my view Gillhams does everything it can, other than not allowing fishing for them, to try to protect its arapaima -

The striped catfish you had sounds like a lovely fish, good angling, never had one of those and would love to but if you did not get a Mekong then the Mekongs alone are worth going back for; by far the most powerful freshwater fish I have ever encountered.
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   Old Thread  #148 23 Mar 2017 at 11.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i too loved Gilliam's and the surroundings, was not easy but what water is which is pressured.

The only thing which did annoy me was the bait situation.. So per day you 3 kilo of bolies and a tub of chicken feed, which at first seems ok but the moment I started fishing the guides told me not to use the bolies or chicken feed as at the moment only 6mm pellets are working which I cannot remember the price of.. Something like £20 a bucket I think so I had to purchase this every day, I was only there for 3 days and spent approx. £70 on the pellets and gave away for boliles as hardly used any of the 9kilo given to me.

apart from this and the limited end tackle on site at the time I was there, would highly recommend.
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   Old Thread  #147 22 Mar 2017 at 10.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Gillhams is a very special lake and yes its a bit expensive but you are not just paying for the fishing, its the surroundings too, and the chance of catching a fish of a lifetime.
to go to France these days cost a fortune.
the 200 a day covers bait, tackle, accommodation, Breakfast and all the help you want
I would say its worth every penny
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   Old Thread  #146 22 Mar 2017 at 2.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Im not saying its a horrible place to fish, far from it! - but i had 48 fish in 6 days on a venue i fished, not a single one was a Mekong and a total weight over 1.8 tonnes. Thats an average of 82lb if my maths is correct? I wouldnt say thats small fish.

I think if you are on a holiday like that you want a good mixture of runs and big fish, especially for the cash you are paying, in that respect i dont think Gilhams has got it quite right. Yes the arapaima are large, but of course they will be large if you stock them large.
Unfortunately due to the fragile nature of the fish and the constant angling pressure, they dont last long in the lakes and the stocking process begins again. Hopefully the venue has made the money back on the cost of the fish by then.
I have found them incredibly easy to catch, again this might be due to the pressure at Gilhams?
I wont go into too much detail, but if you target them in certain time frames and weather conditions then you will fish much more productively rather than sitting on your rods for days. I think i caught my 3 on consecutive days at similar times last year.

I suppose it is what you make it, if you want an easy going holiday with a load of beers and to sit by your rods in the sun then fair play. It is what you make it.

I too would recommend it - Its a great country to fish. If you can go with someone that already has knowledge you will be laughing!
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   Old Thread  #145 22 Mar 2017 at 1.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice post. You've got me interested in the place!
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   Old Thread  #144 22 Mar 2017 at 1.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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very well said Alex and what a great trip we had
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   Old Thread  #143 22 Mar 2017 at 1.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you book in advance and get reasonable flights then the all in cost is comparable to the overall cost you would tend to rack up for two separate French trips to a commercial lake with fish to 65lb+ in a year - you are not going to get to fight five fish over 100lb over two weeks in France - there are venues in Thailand where you will catch far more than Gillhams if you are more interested in quantity of fish than the stamp of the fish and the surroundings; I racked up 20 something Mekongs in the 25-50lb bracket in 3-4 hours at Bungsamran and lost another half a dozen, it was an insane afternoon's fishing (perhaps that should be catching as there was very little skill involved other than trying to keep them away from the platforms) and I was in a lot of pain the following day. Loved every minute of it though and would definitely go back but it is not the type of fishing you would want to be doing day in day out for a week. Whereas I thought Gillhams was. Gillhams is not a catch a cast fishery; on the ten days I was on then you did have to work at the fishing if you wanted to catch most days and those working the hardest caught the most - saw plenty of day tickets turn up and blank when we were on there. There were moments at Gillhams when I was in awe of the wildlife I was seeing in front of me; I had five or six huge arapaima rolling no more than a rod length and a half in front of me for about 3 hours on the first day, these were easily 200lb+ fish but I could not buy a bite from them for love nor money on that day, I had a big stingray 100lb+ that had taken a liking to the snails in the reeds about 2 metres from where I was sitting and it would come out of the water onto the reeds to try and eat them, gave me a huge jump first time it happened but it kept on coming back every couple of hours and doing the same, I could have grabbed it with my hands it was so close - ended up positioning two rigs out of the water in the reeds in a bid to try and tempt it but no joy on that front (was fun trying though) - but yup it was an awesome angling experience with good mates and we all caught fish of a lifetime, all three of us had 350lb+ arapaima; yes I would rather have caught red tails and Arapaima in South America (but it is a lot more hassle and far less comfortable), yes I would have liked to have caught more fish (but then that is often the case when I go fishing) and yes it ruined my fishing for a month or two when I got home (found it hard to get motivated to go and do a few nights in the cold and wet for the outside chance of a 30 for a period after Thailand - which was never a problem I have had before or since) but I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone umming and erring about it, yes it is not cheap, yes you are not guaranteed to be get lots of fish everyday but as far as enjoyable angling experiences go it was right up there.

Glad you had a good time Marky and top effort on the big Siamese; bet you do not forget that one in a hurry!
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   Old Thread  #142 22 Mar 2017 at 8.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Im not being funny but for the amount it costs to only have 11 fish in 7 days fishing?
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   Old Thread  #141 21 Mar 2017 at 5.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just an update
Im back from my Philippines holiday and due to family and all the tons of things we did travelling island hopping etc I could not squeeze any fishing in at all
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   Old Thread  #140 20 Mar 2017 at 11.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You will find sea fishing in the Philippines, although you need to go out a long way. Not much in the way of freshwater fishing.
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   Old Thread  #139 19 Mar 2017 at 8.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ok cheers
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   Old Thread  #138 17 Mar 2017 at 11.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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tied my own rigs mate.
i think was a 85lb braid. i will find out what we used and get back to you, the tackle was recommended at the brentwood carp show.
rigs were long too around 12"
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nice one - sounds a great trip . did you tie you own rigs or use theirs ? Just wondering as I am off there in MAy
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hi guys

i just got back today after 3 weeks in Thailand and Vietnam and 1 of those weeks spent at Gillhams.
I had a blinding week there landing 5 fish over 100lb with another 6 smaller fish
3 x siamese carp to 126lb
2 x Mekong to 180lb
and also had some smaller carp and a red tail and a stunning Julians carp.
i have some great pics but not sure how to upload them.
i caught them all on white dumbbell pop ups balanced with putty.
The guide there are outstanding and will help you with anything, tell them what species you want to target and they will do there upmost to help you.
i caught most of them pretty close in with PVA bags.
the lake is pure paradise and i only wish i booked more than a week there.
thanks for the great advice guys.

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   Old Thread  #135 20 Jan 2017 at 6.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Nick
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   Old Thread  #134 20 Jan 2017 at 2.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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hope you have a cracking holiday Gerry.

I will be off to Thailand again in 2017 to fish (not Gilhams though) building on the success of 2016!
Hope you manage to squeeze in some fishing
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   Old Thread  #133 18 Jan 2017 at 5.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We will be going to Manila, El Nino Palawan, Bolinao Pangasinan and Baguio not in that order though
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   Old Thread  #132 18 Jan 2017 at 5.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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good luck over there, I'm off to Cebu, Palawan, Boracay and Manila if you find any places worth fishing at any of them let me know Cheers
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   Old Thread  #131 17 Jan 2017 at 8.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yep very soon off to the philippines for a reunion and family holiday cant wait I will bung my telescopic rod in my case and hope to squeeze bit of time in here and there over the 26 days
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   Old Thread  #130 17 Jan 2017 at 1.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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no props, i been on here a lot of years now, don't worry i will write a report and hopefully have a few pics, I'm doing a week there so hopefully catch a few, was it you who was talking about the philippines on another thread , I'm heading there in September for a while
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   Old Thread  #129 17 Jan 2017 at 11.22am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Im not moaning just asking a question and pointing out a fact I hope when you come back you will post up lots of pictures and give us a good report
and not just disappear like a lot do and not bother after all the help they had before the trip
(and I got all the time in the world sunshine Im retired and fikin luvin it )

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   Old Thread  #128 17 Jan 2017 at 0.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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you must be very bored to come on a post and read it just to have a moan
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   Old Thread  #127 16 Jan 2017 at 11.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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5 weeks time?
I thought the point of this site was to get advice!!!!!
does it matter when I'm going?
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He's booked for 2020 I think
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   Old Thread  #125 11 Jan 2017 at 4.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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as you have made over 50 odd posts on this thread asking about it

when do you actually go ??
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I do
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   Old Thread  #123 10 Jan 2017 at 10.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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if you want up to date info why not go on their facebook page and see it ?

LINKY POO
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   Old Thread  #122 3 Jan 2017 at 6.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cheers mate will do that
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   Old Thread  #121 1 Jan 2017 at 7.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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you need to take spam mate, cut into cubes and leave in the sun to toughen up. I took cocktail sticks to use with the meat as a hair stop. Great times
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   Old Thread  #120 1 Jan 2017 at 4.11am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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anyone been out lately ?
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   Old Thread  #119 5 Dec 2016 at 11.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Quality, I don't think I have ever been so excited about a fishing trip
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   Old Thread  #118 5 Dec 2016 at 8.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No mate . Was there this time last year and discovered the Mekong magic . Best fight i've ever had. Landed a couple every day and lost a few as well. Forget hook pulls , had the hook snap twice and the braided main line went once or twice. Those things can pull like a train . You don't want more than two or three a day , trust me. Was messing about with me mate and for a laugh coated the boillie with brown sauce. You should have seen the look on our faces when it roared off. If they're playing hard to get give it a go . Then send us a photo of your bruises . Pussy belts are for big girls .
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   Old Thread  #117 4 Dec 2016 at 11.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cheers mate , but this has to be a wind up.
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Just a little edge if you're after a Mekong or two . Have breakfast delivered to your swim and ask for a pot of brown sauce to go with it . Save the sauce for the Mekong . They wake up about elevenish , don't know why but it means you can play with the Red Tails and carp for a few hours first .Use it as a bait dip on your boillies . Fastest take when fishing on the bottom was about ten seconds and on the float was instant as it hit the water. Don't go mad with it and remember elevenish. I promise you it works , i had the bruises to prove it . Have fun and good luck
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   Old Thread  #115 2 Dec 2016 at 6.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yer. Chicken breast is quite a popular bait in Thailand.
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get some fresh chicken redtails love it and its cheap out there
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   Old Thread  #113 2 Dec 2016 at 2.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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yeah !
They have some spam there but its quite soft

There was a load of red tails caught on meat when I was there.
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   Old Thread  #112 2 Dec 2016 at 8.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cheers oldgeezer, is it worth putting luncheon meat in the bag then?
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   Old Thread  #111 30 Nov 2016 at 12.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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buy the commercial version then LINKY POO
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   Old Thread  #110 30 Nov 2016 at 11.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice video. But if the meat comes off the hair, which I'm sure it will the fish will then swallow a piece of plastic straw.
A better way is to tie the straw to the hair and then just push it into the meat.
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   Old Thread  #109 29 Nov 2016 at 11.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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if your using luncheon meat take some drinking straws !!

think its easier to show a video than me TRYING to explain it lol

here ya go LINKY POO
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   Old Thread  #108 29 Nov 2016 at 10.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I went through over 250 pva bags in a weeks fishing plus pva mesh tubing.
Take hair stops and cocktail sticks for hair stops if you take spam etc.
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   Old Thread  #107 29 Nov 2016 at 8.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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just what the guides where stating, especially for the Siamese as that was my main target, Apparently they just come along and just suck the whole bag up in one go and bags were working better than any other baiting option.

I was also catapulting over the top also, not a lot just a couple of pouches were every half hour or so.

The Mekong took easily 80-100 yards of line, I was up in the smaller top end near the restaurant, we saw it at the opposite end of the lake within 30-40 seconds.... talk about hit and hold !
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Good Effort mate.
I bet them Mekong go like a rocket. cant wait now about 8 weeks till I go.
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   Old Thread  #105 28 Nov 2016 at 6.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well done on catching a few

Why do you say PVA bags are a must ?? We know it gives a nice parcel of bait by the hook bait but there is no weed or snags to speak of and although I have taken PVA bags and used them I have caught more fish not using a bag .

You can spomb out bait or catapult it out if in range and in the margins I have used a bait spoon.

Mind you in the sun I can be lazy and just want to get the bait back out in the water.
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   Old Thread  #104 28 Nov 2016 at 12.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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so got back at the weekend from my holiday and our 3 days at gillihams.

The place was fishing hard, some doing ok, some not so well.... 1 guy had been there for 5 days and was blanking.

Day 1 - Baramuda 4lb ( LOL !! ) and a Siamese of 45lb
Day 2 - Blanked - 2 lost fished - 1 being a Mekong
Day 3 - 100lb and 120lb Siamese and 7 lost fish! ....So annoying but over the moon with the captures. Again lost a Mekong

All Caught on 12m wafters with PVA bags of 8m pellet.

Overall was a good stay, the misses had a small disagreement which was dealt with really well, Weather was great, the storms are something to see too.

Make sure you take the following though as the tackle shop on site could do with having a few more bits in.

PVA bags .... A must - I used 112 in 3 days on just 2 rods, you have got to double bag
hair stops - Like gold dust
selection of hookbaits - Little yellow or white pop ups working when was there.
Terminal tackle - Rigs supplied but in limited number - you may want to make your own, as I was only there for 3 days I just used ones supplied.

The guides where great, especially Lee, He was spodding out 8m pellets in the heat for hours trying to catch me a Mekong, the sweat was pouring of him - he was a good guy !

Food was very good too, could be a little cheaper compared to Thailand but overall not exactly expensive, range available is very good. they deliver to pegs too which is ideal.

Fishcare was brilliant, they really do look after there prizes and was very impressed with the importance of the fish.

There is a Spa being built on site so if you looking to take the worser half then try and book once this is complete as the site is half hour to Ao-Nang which is the local town so will give them something to do.

Will be heading back in a few years, just need to plan ahead now !





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   Old Thread  #103 8 Nov 2016 at 0.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Think i only come across one tackle shop in thailand that was on Kho Samui.

I would think the guides or hosts will have something your used to back home,,

Seen many people fishing the chao river as i have my self from wat arun or some other wat where big budda is.

So must be a tackle shop but i doubt they do what we use..

Thais are really nice intelligent people, and more than helpfull.

Took me hrs to explain what a worm was on the litttle island of Don Dhet in Laos so could collect bait to fish the Mekong outside my hut.. but was worth it, made some good friends
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Thanks for the reply mate a great help.
the little bits don't weigh anything so will stock up on them.
really looking forward to this trip now
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   Old Thread  #101 7 Nov 2016 at 11.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They do not use bait stops; they use a big loop on the hair - you thread the loop through the pellet and then double back over the pellets to lock them in place - but if you are tying some of your own rigs when you are there then I am guessing you will be tying a normal hair rather than a loop hair - in which case you might also want pellet stops - as regards baiting tools I seem to remember we had to take our own (but this was in 2012 so it might have changed since then)
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Thank you great response

Do they not provide baiting tools n baits stops etc out there?


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Hi - they have a float rod setup for fishing for the Mekong in the upper layers - I did use the rod to catch a redtail on worms in the margins, but if you are wanting to float fish further out then you are going to want to take a polaris or two as it is deep in places - like I said personal preference on the polaris but fishing with it was the most enjoyable fishing I did all week - I just used one of the rods they gave me as my main rods, with their reels and line, then re-did the setup so that it was on a polaris setup with an inline lead - so all you need to take if wanting to fish with one is suitably sized polaris and a couple of heavy enough inline leads with rubbers - I would also recommend taking a few heavy swivels (I took heavy duty catfish swivels) and some owner SSW mahseer hooks (they supplied some form of Korda hook in size 1 I seem to remember when we were there but I like the SSWs), I cannot remember what hooklink I took. I would also recommend circular foam discs to put inbetween two pellets, pellet foam pellet seemed to outfish double pellet for me. The heat and oil of the pellets destroys elastics out there so make sure you have a couple of spare sets of catapult elastics, pouches, ties etc - as per my earlier e-mail the one thing I would recommend taking above any of the above is armamesh in the wide size, it made such a difference when smaller pacu were proving a nuisance. I would also take float stops and place them above the pellets on the hair - the majority of these things are not bulky or heavy items but they really can make a difference when you are out there. In respect of PVA, whether you are taking bags or mesh go for a slow melting variety, it is deep in spots and the water is warm so if you want your PVA freebies to be as close as can be hoped to the hookbait then it needs not to be spilling the contents before the lead hits bottom - I cannot remember whether or not they provide spombs (someone on here might be able to advise) but I seem to recall we took our own, again you will want a spare. Even if you are not using the fish bait (and pellet way outfished the fish bait while we were own) still take the free daily fish bait and put it on a likely looking marginal spot every day - I pre-baited with fish bait on the corner of my swim less than rod length every day for about 4 days and then fished it and had a 420lb arapaima and an amazon ray from the spot on fish bait. Probably goes without saying but you will want to take scissors, baiting needles and a couple of bait drills as well. I did not take pva foam but I think I would do if I went again just to give that added confidence the hair is not wrapping around the shank and a few of the red pepperami are also worth taking if you have room (I had a different arapaima on peperrami) but plenty of stuff in there will like it. But I hope you have a great trip and I am thoroughly envious!
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When you off out there, I'm there end of feb for a week
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we are not spending that much time in Bangkok so wont get the chance but one to look at in the future,

OI have seen a few have fished with floats out there.. Do they have this tackle on site or would I need to take it with me? We are travelling light so trying to take as less as possible.. Taking the essentials though, catapult, PVA Bags etc.
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Sorry just checked and it's been changed to the far tamer http://bangkokhooker-fishing.com
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Make sure to take armamesh. Wide one, makes a big difference if the smaller pacu are proving a pain. I'd also recommend float stops to put above the pellets on the hair. Also, far more a personal preference this one, but I absolutely loved fishing with an inline and a polaris float on there and doing so allows you to bait up far more accurately. You'll need the polaris with the widest diameter line hole you can find. Also decent catapult with spare elastics and ties. Go to bungsamran if you've got time in Bangkok; it's easy to catch but it's tough in other ways, 27 hooked mekong in about half a day (nothing much over 50) left me unable to grip and shooting pains down wrist; really tough on the body. If you're interested pm me and I'll try to find the local I went with, he was recommended on thaiforum, has gear which is a lot better than what's on offer to hire at the lake and he was not expensive. If you want details on other venues in Thailand then have a look at the comically named Bangkokhookers.com (not kidding there is a wealth of thai fishing venues on there)
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thanks.. think I have around 70 to take with me for the 3 days. Might get a few more then.
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Just had a mate come back and he said any bright pop up chiped back so it just off the bottom, and he was re casting every 30 mins with pva bags, he said you cant have enough PVA bags
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What are people's main tactics when out there.

Are you sticking the bait in and waiting or topping the swim everything hour/2 hours?

Margin fishing or at range?

Move on showing fish or wait it out?

Not long now

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I have been doing abit more research as going soon

it does look like our time in Bangkok, koh samui, Koh Phangan and few other places will be slightly effected but the fishing will be fine.

I believe some of the sight have been closed for now but maybe open again after the 30 days, still not sure on the Full Moon Parties yet though,

Either way still going to be a great trip as long as I do not blank as will be in a right mood
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30 days of mourning currently, even the Loy Kratong and Ying Peng festivals have been demoted to minor events and they fall outside of the 30 days of mourning. The King was like a father to EVERYBODY this guy devoted his life to the people like no other person of privilege on the planet – which is why the reaction to his passing is off the scale to anything we’d know. When I was there last time in the rail station in Bangkok, the national anthem came on at 6pm and the whole station stopped and stood up - if sat down to respect it. I was slightly taken back by that…. But you couldn’t not join in really.

Someone of Thai heritage on my FB is posting a picture of their king every day for a YEAR in his honour… just an insight of how they felt about him.

But this will not affect Gillhams in any way I wouldn’t have thought. Gillhams are switched on, and they’d probably be very understanding to their Thai staff.
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I wouldnt worry about it too much just respect their mourning an youll be ok.

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People make their living from the Full moon parties, they can't just not work and get no money so I'm sure they will still be one.
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I'll be there (Phuket) near same time as you, have been told that it will be back to normal in a month or so
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maybe its a case that the are stating it is suppose to be closed or "toned down" but perhaps in the smaller area's away from Bangkok they are not as effected.
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that's a shame as the full moon party is unbelievable and was hoping to get another one in.
I had a mate who arrived in krabi yesterday and he said it was business as usual there
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got a response and done abit of research.

Will not effect the fishing but looks like will effect parts of our holiday which is a shame but cannot be help. Some of the main Palace's in Bangkok have been shut for a while and also other events like the Full moon look to be shut while we are there.

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i don't think it will be long before it all goes back to normal they rely on tourists.
I'm not there until Feb
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This won't affect you going to Gillihams mate.
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anyone going out not just for Gillihams will need to have a read of the effects on the country from the death of the king

Some of the tourist activities such as full moon parties, temples and rules are effected for a while as the country has gone into mourning.

I have emailed Gillihams to see if has a effect on them at all. Hope not as due there in 5 weeks.
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   Old Thread  #80 28 Sept 2016 at 6.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Anyone been out lateley
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Anyone been out fishing lately
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Yeah I have seen that, pictures looks amazing.
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Stuarts photos and posts on Facebook in the last 10 days have been truly fantastic . Just goes to show the tremendous effort and planning that goes into making a fantastic fishery .
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would anyone have a link where I can watch the big fish off at Gillhams been trying everywhere its not on youtube yet.
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That goes without saying mate.
when we went last year we stayed in Phuket for a week and one of the boys moved the local bar maid in his room for a week, she done all his washing and ironing and looked after him for a week , it is a mental place and you do need to have your whits about you
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Just remember, ALWAYS wear your wellies

Good luck and enjoy!
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Now that's a funny story, sounds like they had a few good days. I am in Thailand for 3 weeks so I have 2 weeks to go mad after a weeks fishing.
I can't wait now I think this is going to be s annual trip now
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We went to Gillhams for the second week of a two week trip, the deal being I took my wife to a luxury resport for the first week. Gillhams organised the car for us that collected us and drove us down to Krabi, a journey of some 3 or 4 hours if I remember correctly.

We certainly found loads to do, from walking on the local beaches, looking around the town and its markets, a day out Elephant trekking, trips to see the Temples. As I said originally, its so hot we didn't even bother to fish the days, preferring to go into town where there are stacks of places to eat, loads of bars etc.

As a married man (Cough) I of course had no real interest in what appears to be the main attraction in town at night, and that seems to be picking up the bar girls. Two lads that fished opposite us on the first day went into town for their first night, and were not seen again for 3 days. Turns out a couple of bar girls took them home, and were feeding them, cleaning their clothes and tending to their other needs, all for a few pounds a day. Its still a very poor part of the world, so the locals rely on the tourist money. Anyway, the two lads seem to have been having fun, and whenever they did make it back to Gillhams it was amusing to hear their tales. It wasn't until the end of the week though that we were told that the same girls that these lads were seeing were also administering to the needs of one of the Gillhams Baliffs.....

One last thing would be do not underestimate the sun, even when it looks cloudy, we saw some classic sunburn victims whilst there as people forget that just because its cloudy, it does not mean you cant get burnt.
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che is there much to do there then? i have done thailand before but never krabi, I'm off to phi phi after and a few other places even throwing in a full moon party.
where do you recommend for a night while there for a beer and dinner
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To be fair, we'd arrive back at the venue around 2pm after spending the day out, go to the villa for a shower and a change of clothes, have a bit of dinner, then head to the rods to cast out. That was about 4pm by that time, so first cast first beer! .

I have to say the Korda lads did me a huge favour filming there as the wife watched it and said those immortal words...... 'We should go back'....... the web site was up and dates checked before the programme ended
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4pm !!! That's a hell of a long time to wait for a beer in that heat lol
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4pm !!! That's a hell of a long time to wait for a beer in that heat lol
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cheers Che

the place does look breathtaking i can't wait to chuck a line out now
thanks again
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as long as there is a cold beer not far away to keep

You'll have no issue with that, the balifs/helpers/ghilies/all round top fella's cycle round with whatever you want in the way of food, Beer (Changai time is 4pm ) or bait from the shop.

I think most of your question has already been covered, when I go back (Am in the planning stages at the moment, wife loved it there which helps) I'd take a mountain of PVA bags as that is what you'll use most of, and personally I would take a hook sharpener and some pop-ups, only because I would like to see how you'd do with a pop up for the Siamese, not because its needed. Otherwise \I'd not bother with much else. Its seriously, seriously hot, so we only bothered to fish from 2pm through until dark, and still caught a stack of big cats, Carp and all kinds of other things. As we went as a holiday, we went off to do other things during the day, and the people on site (Mainly Stewarts family, certainly his son and daughter) were super helpful with organising days out elephant trekking, taxis out into town, and giving us help all round.

Enjoy your holiday there, as the others on the thread have stated its an amazing place, I'll certainly be booking to go back.
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cheers mate, I think i will be ok with the heat as i live in Aussie now, as long as there is a cold beer not far away to keep rehydrated lol.
thanks for all the advice
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Yes they do and a fan. Depends on what swim you get in. You need to re-cast regularly and spomb to bring the fish in. It's hard work in the heat mate and bear in mind that when you get a run you have to wind in the other rod(s). I did get a double hook-up with two angry Siamese on at once but luckily my wife was able to control one rod for me until one of the fish could be netted. Usually a guide will pull the other rod in immediately - which is good sense given the fight of these things but I literally had a double take...
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cheers mate and thanks for the advice,
the whole resort seems pretty bang on, do the rooms have air con?
I'm thinking about getting the extra rod and fishing 3 all week do you think its worth it?
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Yes I stayed 3 nights. They sell 8mm pellets on site which are a good supplement to the cereal pellets you receive. For the Arry's you can buy a huge pellet which seems to draw them in if you pva bag them with a boilie over the top. Mozzies are bad on the opposite bank to the bungalows but the stuff they sell in the shop keeps them at bay if you reapply - particularly once you have been in the water.
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well done mate sounds like you had it off, was you staying on the lake?
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I had a 50lb Amazon Redtail, a Wallago Attu - which is a fierce looking cross between a catfish and a conger and I was lucky enough to snare a 150lb Arapaima on a boilie out of the Grassy swim on my last half day. I had 14 fish in under 4 days fishing. Great fun and some brutal battles with these fish. I will definitely be going back for longer next time.
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cheers mate and good luck
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You will love it mate. I'm here now having done a cheeky few nights in the middle of my Thai holiday! Last day tomorrow so have The Grassy swim to look forward to for some Arapaima action - hopefully. The carp fishing has been slow round the lake but fish coming out to those that work at it. Had a double hit this evening which I'm told is quite rare and very entertaining with each rod in meltdown with a brutal Siamese on the end. All the advice on this thread is good by the way 👍
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Spam it is then. thanks mate
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   Old Thread  #56 29 Jul 2016 at 10.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Spam, spam and more spam, the cats absolutely adore it and you cannot get it there.
I took a couple of tubs of cc moore hardened pacific tuna hookbaits and the glug, the Siamese loved them.
Also take plastic corn for tipping baits off.
Pepparami is also well worth taking
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   Old Thread  #55 28 Jul 2016 at 10.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cheers oldgeezer i will put some in the suitcase. how about boilies?
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   Old Thread  #53 27 Jul 2016 at 12.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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did anyone take there own bait or just use lake bait?
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it just might change by feb, what i would do for an array on the bank it will be a dream fish, any size will do
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might have changed by the time Feb comes
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   Old Thread  #50 26 Jul 2016 at 10.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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im back out there in few weeks for my annual 3 weeks fishing jolly in september, then back again in december and january guiding, happy days
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   Old Thread  #49 26 Jul 2016 at 9.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fabulous swim the grassie - fished it on a monster hangover when I was there :( . Had 3 takes , lost 2 and landed a 340lb arry just after dark . Amazing scrap and exhausting
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   Old Thread  #48 26 Jul 2016 at 5.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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known as the grass swim, only allowed to fish it once during your stay and most anglers have it on their last day there. i only had red tails from there on my last day but lost something in the weedbed opposite so flipping huge, glock the man servant had to swim out to the other bank to help me, but the hook pulled....gutted.
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Does anyone know what the score is with the arapima swim?
I have heard there is a swim that the arapima always knock about in and you only get 1 day there?
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hi Robbo

we booked 5 full days and then half day either side so was 6 days fishing, we have got accommodation on the lake includes breakfast bait and all the tackle and transfers too and from airport I think we paid around 1050 pounds each.
they will look after you as they knocked loads off the online price.
I'm sure the price was around the 1050 mark.
I know there is a flight involved but it aint to bad for me as I now live in Australia but don't work out much more than France by the time you buys all your bait and end tackle
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   Old Thread  #45 26 Jul 2016 at 10.22am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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best way is to email Stuart at Gillhams and ask for a price specific to what you want .
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   Old Thread  #44 26 Jul 2016 at 7.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi how much does it work out for a week just had a look think its £370 a day is this right roughly what you looking at for weeks stay including fishing and bait for 2 anglers
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I'm there 24th Feb for a week and cant wait
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I`m all booked up for a return next May - cannot wait
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Now that's a bit of me minus the lady boys bit, but defo be having a few late nights, I was worried it was going to be a bit quiet there
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taxi's are no problem too and from the lake, and cost about £10 each way regardless of how many are in the car. Many taxi's arrive back at the lakes at 7am, and blokes step out and go straight to the lake to start fishing after a night out at the ladyboy clubs.
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Sweet cheers mate
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   Old Thread  #38 24 Jul 2016 at 7.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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20-30 Minutes and I am sure they will book it for you with there Taxi company if you want.
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How far is Ao Nang then from the lake, how much are taxis?
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Cheers mate, I will look for these shows, I don't think I have ever been so excited about a fishing trip in my life
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   Old Thread  #35 19 Jul 2016 at 2.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just seen the big fish off which was filmed at Gillhams.............
It looks absolutely awesome.
The guides dive in after the fish to make sure you are still in contact if it all locks up ! ! ! !

Almost saw Ali Hammidi Sh*t himself as the 130 lbs arapima started swimming around his feet trying to get away.

See if you can get the show on catch up tv ...... one or two good pointers on it both for bait
and tackle. Chickens hearts and fish heads.

Hammidi also rigged a slow sinking setup which he chucked out with a load of pellets and had an instant take,



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   Old Thread  #34 17 Jul 2016 at 0.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ao Nang it is then, cheers guys
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   Old Thread  #33 15 Jul 2016 at 1.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ao Nang much better , some decent bars , restaurants and entertainment. Great for people watching
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Ao Nang is a better bet but Krabi Town is ok.
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Whats krabi like of a night? any good bars to go to ?
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cheers mate, already booked on at gill hams, but i live in Australia now so Thailand is on my door step so i will get to that exotic fishing Thailand very soon too, thanks for comments guys
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You can every time I have been . You will have noting to worry about at all at Gillhams apart from catching a fish and most people do catch. Exotic fishing Thailand is another good venue not far from Gillhams.

Both places will look after you .
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This don't sound good,
have you fished there nick? would you go back?
I was under the impression you could move freely into any vacant swims
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   Old Thread  #25 7 Jul 2016 at 0.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sweet a Siamese is defo on my hit list
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no idea on the nutcracker mate, but boilie wise i took a couple of tubs of hardened pacific tuna hookbaits 18mm and dip from cc moore, the siamese carp loved them....!!!!!!!
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cheers guys

i was also told take some nut cracker bait?
is it any good?
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take as much pepparami and tins of luncheon meat as possible

also as much glug, or stinky liquids as possible

wish i was back there right now!
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They will give you plenty of bait but I normally take a few extra bits just to try.

What I do take is a small bag with a boilie needle in a nut drill stringer needle stuff like that just so you can crack on by your self.

Anything small that you normally use to in a days fishing.
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would you recommend taking some bait out there? or is there plenty at the lake
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I will probably be feeling the same, really cant wait to go now and I cant believe I have waited this long to book up
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If I remeber right it was about 2 1/2 hours. God I was rough on that boat after a bottle of tai brandy the day before.
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cheers mate

just wondering how long the crossing is.
I have done Phi Phi before but we flew in.
just trying to sort out a 3 week trip fishing first week then island hopping the next 2 with a full moon party thrown in

cheers all
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What info do you want?. It's usually quite easy to get on. If staying on phi phi most of the resorts have their own boats to take you to the harbour so factor that in as they maybe only run once or twice a day. Gillams will pick you up/drop you off.
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has anyone got any info about the ferry to PhI Phi island?
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I will mate
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make sure you pay a visit to Amy`s bar in Ao Nang - great place
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not sure how missed that, thanks!

I was sure they provide all the equipment for you, so will ensure got large PVA bags at minimum.
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READ POST 4
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im heading over in November and was not planning on tackle any tackle with me, only fishing for 3 days as we are stopping there apart of our travelling holiday.

What items have people been taking and can you purchase items there?
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We are staying on the lake but will probably head into Krabi some evenings is any good there
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Thanks Mate
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armourmesh for the pellets is recommended as well !
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Thanks Guys that's a great help, I cant wait now I would love a Mekong and a arapaima on the bank

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came back two months ago after 8 days fishing:
i would recommend taking spam, pepperami, stinky glugs, plastic corn and a sun hat!

oh yeah,pva bags, i went through 200 large size ones and a ton of pva mesh
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I think they sold a small amount of catmaster tackle in the shop next to the bar and sold the Korda large pva bags which were expensive for 10 considering you need to be recasting every 20 to 30 minutes and sometimes double bagging if you are in the deep water to 25ft. I took kryston ton-up in 85lb and Korda widegape barbless in size 1, I used the ton-up hooklink for the mekongs but was told it was a bit to heavy and thick for the more delicate feeders like the siamese and julians carp. The guides had all the gear setup ready for when you get to your peg and ask you what target fish you are after, It was my first time there so I told them as long as I could catch the one big one anything else was a bonus. Depending on what fish you want to catch the tackle and rigs can vary massively. Mekongs are brutes that will test even there tackle Catmaster eagle claw hooks on 12-14 inch of 50lb to 75lb hooklink (I think?) Amazon and Asian redtails were fish hook baits or peperammi sausage wrapped in cheese !!! on 10-12 inch of 50lb braid to 1/0 hooks barbless. Siamese carp are filter feeders so small light hook baits and you could take bubblefloats for the Arawana that cruise all day in front of you in the margins. I would defiantly get up the top pool if the main lake slows down, It is a fish a chuck and great sport on the standard 2 3/4lb rods they give you, I took size 4 and 6 gardner talon tip hooks in barbless and 30lb carp type coated hooklinks up there and landed everything I hooked except a Pacu which bit me off. Sorry for the long post and as you can see it is a minefield regarding rigs, the guides there are top blokes who see the water everyday and genuinely want you to catch, when I return I will only take a few pop ups and LOADS of large pva bags as they have the best tackle for the fish already there, hope this helps
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Thanks for the reply,
Rig wise what braid and hooks did you use?
i live in Australia now and unfortunately can't really get that stuff here so have to order on line.
the surroundings look amazing.
i will deco be there first thing and will spend as much time on the bank as i can.
thanks for the advice

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Best advice is listen to the guides, get on the peg fishing at 7am sharp and don't go over there thinking it is like UK carp fishing, I was there over Easter and fished for 6 days and had 2 blank days. The larger pellets are worth buying, fish two hair rigged for the Mekongs either on the bottom or shallow on the float. The small fish they supply work well when cut up into smaller chunks for the catfish and arry's. Unfortunately the Siamese were not playing ball when I was there but small pop ups and single grains of fake maize seemed to work for the lucky few who caught them. It's a fantastic place, and effort equals reward. I would advise taking a catapult, plenty of pva bags and bait needles and drills and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
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Guys

i am booked on for a week back end of Feb just after any tips or advice regarding rigs bait or anything to help

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