|Mr Richard Spracklen thought he was going to a Baseball Game|
We were well aware of the chances of catching anything big were minuscule and that catching anything at all would be a bonus. Thus, with our expectations set at a very realistically low level, we ventured forth.
Setting up took place as we steamed for 90 minutes out to an well known Island called Racha Yai. The trolling gear caught what we thought it would....nothing.
So, our conclusion. This was a very pleasant day out. We caught far more fish than we expected and even took a few grouper and a couple of other species home for dinner! It was a very cheap charter split between 5 of use and we fished in sheltered water, as did many other boats due to a fresh easterly force 5 to 6 blowing most of the day. I could say you 'get what you pay for' but we saw some very impressive and far more expensive charter boats in the same area as us...and I could see we were catching lots more that they were because we had our own tackle. We will do this again...but will scale the tackle right down to light spinning gear and much finer braids in order to get the best from these small reef fish.
And...although we loved being back at sea...you can see why we concentrate on the lake fishing!! There are much bigger fish to be caught and these come on the 3 day trips which go 70 miles north-west of Phuket to fish the 250 meter drop-offs west of the Similan Islands. we have tried to book one of these trips...but they are very popular, especially with Thai anglers. we have managed three of these offshore trips in the past and returned with a lot of fish....but this was using electric reels and is like commercial fishing. Nothing survives being brought up from 250 meters.....