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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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