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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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   Old Thread  #106 29 Nov 2016 at 2.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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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   Old Thread  #102 8 Nov 2016 at 0.15am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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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   Old Thread  #100 7 Nov 2016 at 10.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thank you great response

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


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   Old Thread  #99 7 Nov 2016 at 7.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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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