Tuesday, 27 February 2018
The team opted for a day at Jez Wilson's Chalong Fishing Park which is just a 15 minute drive from our base!
We were first to arrive and were greeted by another lovely morning with a welcome breeze from the sea which is about half a mile away.
Jez offers a good menu with both Thai and European food on offer. After a couple of weeks of spicy food and rice, it's very nice for us 'Ferangs' (Westerners) to order up a full English breakfast.
Our charming cook and waitress is called Noiey. She is a friend of Kannika's and was brought in from Bangkok to assist Jez's wife with the catering and cooking etc during the 'High Season'.
Noiey is an archetypal Thai lady; extremely polite, shy, always smiling, can't speak a word of English and had never, until 6 weeks ago, heard of let alone cooked a 'Full English'.......so good for her for learning!!
And, as are all the best eateries, it is kept immaculately clean and tidy and features an attractive array of local flora.
Well...I've never seen such a creature and they really do have little snouts like a pig! They stay in the water all the time.
Any other species caught was to be mocked and the captor berated for being 'useless'.
And here's Mr Tony Perkins from Sheffield hooked into the first fine fighting beastie.
These Mekongs fight like mad but are even more fun when played on light tackle. The fish are strong enough to make many long runs and fight right to the end. It's no good trying to bully them...this is all about correct use of the Shimano and Okuma bait runners twinned with the light test curve catfish rods.
Guide Tedge estimated this fish at 25kg with the one above more in the 30kg range.
Whatever they did actually weigh, they are massive fish compared to anything we catch from lakes and river in UK and so every fish like this is a wonderful experience.
Amazing what a close knit group we anglers are. Paul had fished with several Brighton skippers including Terry Lee who I met at Jez's lake back in December. We knew many of the same people back in UK and all through our passion for angling.
Paul Taylor's Mekong was estimated at 35 kg!
Well, I left the team to carry on in my absence as I had a lot of photos of their many adventures to sort out and put on to the memory sticks my guests had provided.
The lads and lasses have just walked in...it's going dark now...full of tales of yet more fish.
We've certainly enjoyed some memorable days fishing and diving and it'll be sad to see them leave early tomorrow after one final dinner together at the wonderful Tamarin Bar in nearby Chalong town.