Ah...how time races away. It seems such a short time ago (2016) that I was watching a succession of mini-diggers working away at the land that was to become Jez Wilson's Chalong Fishing Park. Now a full three years on and I was invited, along with fellow friends Russell Shaw from Bournemouth and Dereck Wilson from Paignton in Devon, to fish for Team Islander against Team Walkabout led by their Larger-than-Life Captain, Flob. (Flob tells me his name actually means Fat Lazy Old Bastard....but he can't half sing!! You should hear him belting out Bad Company numbers in style!)
This was a great event. The fishing salas were all full of competitors, who were imited to one rod each, and friends with an increasing number of supporters turning up. By evening the bar and restaurant area was packed with many locally based ex-Pats and families along with visiting anglers such as Dereck, Russell and me.
Jez has done a great job of creating something much more than simply a 'Fishing Park'. This has become a centre for people to meet up, have some nice food and relax by the bar as well as enjoy some often hectic fishing.
Jez is still working on improvements, A second lake area has been dug out with water supply pipes and oxygenators in place ready for the water once the lake bottom has settled down. Despite recent flash flooding in parts of Phuket this has been the driest 'wet season' on record for this area and the reservoirs are only at 30% full with continegency plans being hastily prepared....so it's doubtful that Jez's second lake will be filled this season.
But...Well Done to him and his team for creating such a popular place and Good Luck for an excellent future.