Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Shore diving from Kata Beach, Phuket, with Richard Spracklen, Keith Downton, Jon Rollonson...all good Dorset Boys along with Kannika Whittall (nee Chokchai) and Sirada Dubsok from Thailand plus special guest star PADI Instructor Sam Kelly.
I cannot believe how these images look from my new camera. Now I look at my old photo's in despair at thier lack of colour....and compared to many cameras I see in use and the truly amazing images they produce, I still have very long way to go. But...this past month has been very enjoyable experimenting with my new underwater toy and some of the results are very leasing indeed.
think you have the clown-fish's invulnerability.
This is one of the many delights on offer if you come to stay at my house for your winter holiday....learning to dive...for free!! What more could you ask for.
Saturday, 25 January 2020
Promthep Point isn't for the faint hearted although I have witnessed near-on swooning due to overwhelming emotion!
I shall explain!
Here we have, with apologies to Mr Ronnie Campbell in Oban who captures magnificent Scottish sunsets, the best ever sunsets. This of course is looking down Chesil Beach from Portland Heights. Ahhh...Dorset....the best place on the planet (unbiased view from Whittall of Weymouth, you understand)
|Looking Westwards along Chesil Beach from Portland Heights.|
|Looking Westwards along Chesil Beach from Portland Heights|
|Promthep Point sunset view.|
Every evening during the 'High Season' coach loads of tourists arrive at Promthep Point in South Phuket to witness stunning sunsets. There are many different Nationalities with the majority being Chinese. I have watched Chinese people of varying ages watch this spectacle in often hysterical awe. There's a rush for endless photographs...mainly selfies of course...and then genuine tears of uncontrollable emotion as the sun dips under the horizon.
This is because for so many Chinese, sunsets are a thing of the past. In Bejing, giant videos allow the residents to watch sunsets captured from the past or projected from other countries. The air pollution in Bejing is often that bad...as it is in many other places in Asia. Watching a real and beautiful sunset over the Andaman Sea is an emotional experience for many people.
At 0530 our keen anglers were up and gone to catch sunrise at what appears to be the best location for the chance of a decent fish. In the past I have watch Thai anglers fishing with lures from here and bringing in various edible sized fish. This was to be a species hunt though and below are the various species the pair caught. They totalled 30 fish between them and counted 19 different species.
Two-hook paternoster rigs with 12lb line and size 6 (or less at times) hooks were used. Bait was prawn with bait elastic essential as there are so many little fish the baits are attacked immediately and hooks are stripped bare within seconds. Properly presented baits and fast reactions are called for!
|Our glamorous Weymouth Charter Boat Skippers, Ryan Casey and Katie Balem|
The plan was to fish the first 3 hours of daylight as the temperature soon soars and Promthep is a very exposed area.
|Hours of research have already been spent and names have been attached to most of the fish...but there's a few left. So..anyone with any ideas..please help. (I will update as we go!)|
|This either a black spot sea perch OR a five lined snapper.|
|Big eyed snapper.|
|Five lined snapper.|
|Long barbel goat fish|
|Two lined monocle bream|
|Streak monocle bream|
|Cheek monocle bream|
|Blue lines grouper|
|Three spot Dascyllus|
|Variegated lizard fish|
|Double-tooth soldier fish|
|Brown banded grouper|
This story will be added to as more fish are identified....and now we are headed off to Phuket Aquarium in the hope of discovering more fishy names!