Agitated by Mark's report, Mr Lovelock dropped his high powered racing scrambler into the gutter in order to join Mark at the aforementioned lake for an all-day session.
These fish are all taken using bread baits and cage feeders.
And here's Dave Lovelock with another of the catfish that started to show in the late afternoon.
When I first came to Phuket it was my intention for us all to do plenty of sea fishing. Over the time we have been here (since 2004 now!) the sea fishing has deteriorated to the point where we have been catching very tiny fish only. This is why we have moved onto the lake fishing. I know this is not necessarily a sea angler's 'cup of tea' but I urge guests to try at least one go.....once you have experienced the power and fighting abilities of these fish you may well be tempted to have another go.
And we are very fortunate here in Phuket as there are several lakes to choose from offering fish easily up to 20kg......and then, if an angler likes to try for a really big fish...we have the magnificent Exotic Fishing Thailand lake to visit. Although set in the Phang Gna Province which requires us leaving the island of Phuket, it can all be done in one long day...although it is better to stay for a couple of days to get the best from the lake.
In January, Mike and Dave are joined by Richard Spracklen from Wool, Dorset, and Art Powell from Somerset and the lads will be based at the Exotic Fishing Thailand lake for a four day session. (I am expecting some big fish photo's for the Blog from that!!).
Sea anglers may know Adrian Green from Gloucester who is a very regular customer on the Weymouth Charter Boats. I have featured Adrian several times with massive fish caught from Exotic Fishing Thailand. Adrian has just left Phuket to return to UK but is now so hooked on the incredible lake fishing that he has already booked to return on Xmas Eve for yet more lake fishing.
And it doesn't end there because our lake fishing experiences all started at Gillhams Fishery in another province of Thailand called Krabi. We can reach Krabi by crossing the Chalong and Phang Gna Bays by fast ferry where Gillhams' representatives meet the customer and take them to the fishery. Apart from the fishing, Gillhams aslo offers amazing scenery which is all part of the Thailand experience.
After fishing EFT, Richard will be crossing to Gillhams for another 4 day fishing session.....yes, these lads love their fishing!!!!