A colorful and original country of elephants, previously lost in the impassable jungles, today hosts tourists all the year round. Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand primarily attracts you by its beach holidays, unusual food and a rich history. But there is something else: entertainment for those who want a really unforgettable leisure activity. It is all about fishing and fishing tours. There are no rubber boots, only flip flops and a cap. There are no mosquitoes and no one looks at the sad bug for hours. All kinds of fish and chic fishing boats that are ready to take you to picturesque bays – that’s how they fish in Thailand. Keep on reading and we will tell you everything you need to know before traveling.
Sea, lake, underwater fish or fishing park? All you wanted to know about fishing types and prices.
Thailand has a very rich underwater world. But what’s more important it is that the country possesses all conditions for comfortable and successful fishing. You should know that sport fishing is also practiced here. It means that if the caught fish is rare it is released back into its natural habitat. But how can you choose the best fishing place? What can you catch? How much does it cost? Our guide will tell you where and how to hunt for large fish in Thailand.
So, the first type is sea fishing. It is suitable for both experienced and beginning fishermen because the catch is guaranteed to everyone. The Andaman Sea is full of tuna, dorado, barracuda, mahi-mahi, sailfish and other unusual species. You have two options how to organize your fishing. The first is to use an agency service. They provide you with a boat, a guide, food and drinks, give tackles and take you from the hotel to the pier and back. The price starts from $ 35 per person. The second option is suitable if you want to go to sea by yourself. Then you need to ask the fishermen on the pier who hourly give boats and tackle for rent. This will cost you at least $ 380 per boat without equipment. Fishermen can also be good guides and tell you about the hot spots and types of fish that you can catch. And the most economical way will be to fish from the allowed beaches but this is possible if only you have your own spinning.
The second popular option is lake fishing. You should definitely go there if you want to set your new record. The reason is that in Thai lakes there is a huge 15 kg catfish, a 8 kg carp and a 3 kg piranha! And there is also trophy fish there. For example, snakeheads, alligator fish, striped and red-tailed catfish. They are not always allowed to keep and cook, but it is practiced on some paid lakes. There are also two ways here. You can fish either on your own, paying for the entrance to the lake (with your own tackle), or to use tour company services that will provide you with everything you need, including food and transfer. It is more profitable to take an 8-9 hour tour with lunch, equipment rent and a $ 50 transfer than to go alone with your spinning and pay $ 54 for the same time, but purely for fishing ( starting from $ 6 per hour).
The third type of fishing may be interesting to more experienced fishermen, who are ready to explore not only one but several bays in search of groomers, snepper, mackerel, carax, etc. We are talking about underwater fishing. You can hunt yourself if you have a gun and everything you need for snorkeling or take a tour with a guide and rental equipment. The price depends on the number of people in the boat and the tackle. For example, a speed boat costs from $ 300 a day, and equipment rent is from $ 10 per mask. It is more expensive if you need a diving suit. Find out beforehand which beaches are allowed to hunt at (usually there is a sign “no fish shooting” where hunting is prohibited) and try not to shoot at rare fish. An accidentally killed specimen can turn into a big fine.
The last and the most convenient and economical option is Fishing parks. They are private lakes with fish equipped with comfortable pavilions. So even beginners can boast a catch afterwards. There are carps, soma, tarpon, arapaima, etc. The caught fish is let out or it can be prepared for your dinner if it is neither rare nor trophy. There is spinnings rent there too, and there are scoop-nets on the whole territory as well which helps you to get the fish easier. If you want to fish alone, you should come before 9am because later all the places can be occupied. The spinning rent will cost you from $ 4 per hour. You can also go with a group. Such tours cost from $ 30 per person and take about 9 hours. So it turns out cheaper.
Where to go: Pattaya, Phuket or Samui?
So, where is it better to fish? Each region has its own features. For example, lake and sea fishing is popular in Phuket. The Fish Park, lake Gilhams and Cheom Lan pond, as well as the waters of the Andaman Sea are full of fish. And at night tourists even catch sharks! But large fish does not often approach the Phuket bays that’s why underwater hunters should better go to Samui. This is the richest fishing region and even shore fishing will bring a good catch. A longnose gar, a thai exotic fish, is found right here.
In Pattaya the underwater world is not so rich although deep sea fishing can be very successful. There are also many phishing parks there. For example, Panarak and Jomtien are famous for the largest fish, and even beginners should definitely go there. No matter what fishing option you choose, you should remember that a professional guide or an experienced fisherman can make your vacation comfortable. Choose tours if you want to make your holiday as pleasant as possible, or prepare equipment in advance in order to fish on your own. Check that the vessels are certified. Do not fish near reefs and do not catch rare fish species. And then your fishing will definitely be successful!