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I have been living here now for a few months and I am trying to find out where to go fishing, I like using soft plastics and lures, I have a pretty good range of gear from light game(15kg) to light flick sticks.

It is an eatuary system here but the water just looks pretty dirty and I am not really interested in eating anything I catch in it plus it is industrial and there is a lot of crap in the water.Tried throwing lures from the rocks at koh samui but even though the water looked good there was not even a follow in, seems that a lot of the places around here have been pretty well fished/netted out. Any suggestions on where to go would be appreciated, not interested in fish farms, much prefer wild caught fish. In Australia I mainly chased salt water fish(estuary, rock/beach and boat) but I also chased the occasional freshie, usually bass.

Dennis

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Likewise, I truly enjoy fresh self caught seafood. The lack of replies seems to confirm your suspicions.

I've not fished that coast for some time, maybe 15 years ago and it was thin on the ground then.

You might like to try a few methods seemingly used with some success by the locals here in the Phuket, Andaman Coast region.

1. Diving with an old fridge compressor, garden hose and a spear.

2. Cyanide

3. Explosives

4. Indiscriminate use of square hooks

5. A bit of pair trawling with your buddy, close inshore.

All of these methods must have been some success at sometime as there's no fish over here either.

Can't wait to get back to OZ to catch a feed. Last time back, Hervey Bay, no bait purchased but live herring caught off the jetty piles with a $1 jig. Returned to the water a couple of 30 cm Bream, 1 hr later walking back with 2 nice 65 cm Tailor. Food for a week or more. Fresh caught Morton Bay prawns at no greater cost than the farm bred shit here with the resultant mangrove destruction. With the conservation methods and rules in place in OZ, there is no reason to expect a change. Here I'm afraid it's just too late. crying.gif

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hahahaha, mate, so true. I am from Ballina, was getting into the mackeral, snapper and trag just before I cam over plus I was getting some great flatties & bream out of the river.The water here looks great, good structure and should be holding fish but there is bugger all. Watching the netters take all the small baitfish to eat doesnt help either, gives you a good isea why there isnt any pelagics/bigger stuff around. A local tackle shop owner said he will take me fishing next time he goes so I am hopeful, he has some magazines at his shop with pics of him with some huge trevally from the islands and snake heads from the big dam thats reasonably close. I only keep what I can eat so I do a bit of catch release so I might give the dams a go and see what I come up with. I have been able to buy the occasional flathead from the market and apparently they get them somewhere not to far away, my wife works at an office on the local waterfront and they are supposed to get some goos ones near there but I am not sure about eating whay comes out of the estuary there, pretty scummy.

Anyway thanks for the reply, maybe as I do some more travelling I will get some, have been led to believe there are some great fish in the andaman waters, hope they are right.

Dennis

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Hi Dennis,

I also live in Surat... Closer to Donsak though. Haven't had a chance to fish the area yet but my wife bought me some gear for my Birthday, bless her. I would be keen to chat with you more and maybe we can head out some time for an explore !!

On the subject of Oz fishing, we are heading to WA when I get back in a week and hitting the coast in a campervan. I also love to fish with lures from the beaches and rocks, what can I expect over that side ??

Cheers

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A few months ago trolled a pair of flatlines all the way to Langkawi and back with rigged baits and previously proven lures. Saw 2 small flocks of gulls. No surface activity at all. Caught 3, 25 kg White Bagfish ( empty,Thai trawler dumped ) numerous Lotus and other unmarked transparent Bagfish. 1 stick and 2 Weedfish.

Nothing with a scale or otherwise semi edible such as a Bonito. Haven't seen a Spaniard in the local markets for more than 6 months. The last one I did see you could push your finger right through with gills the colour and texture of grey mud, eyes like ball bearings. Vendor said " nice fish, caught yesterday " thought he was offering a bargain at 200 b per Kg whole, guts in. 1zgarz5.gif

Check the date on yer mates magazines. Hope he's not taking you along to light the fuses, that's the risky bit. Jokes aside I hope it works out good for you both. When I owned a restaurant in Cairns trevally was what we used for namis. Raw fish with lemon juice and coconut cream, top seller. Got Snakehead in our own dam check, www.phuketsport.com but have been in captivity since fingerling's and not on a natural diet. A couple of reasons not to chew them. Elusive buggers to catch too.

Tight lines, oh shit, snagged again. thumbsup.gif

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mate, fishing in WA is good, right along the coast. Good selection of pelagics, salmon(big buggars), snapper, trevally etc. The further north you go the more fish you get into, you will not be dissapointed at all. I live at Phokhuntale, it the airport side of surat, we mifght have to see if we cant organize something.

I will be back in oz on the 22nd Oct for a week, hopefully will get out in the boat if its good weather.

Dennis

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Hi Dennis,

I also live in Surat... Closer to Donsak though. Haven't had a chance to fish the area yet but my wife bought me some gear for my Birthday, bless her. I would be keen to chat with you more and maybe we can head out some time for an explore !!

On the subject of Oz fishing, we are heading to WA when I get back in a week and hitting the coast in a campervan. I also love to fish with lures from the beaches and rocks, what can I expect over that side ??

Cheers

G'day Cornishcarlos.

Appears that both Dennis and I are east coasters but there's a few sand gropers who might be able to give advice, seems beach or pier is what you'll be doing unless you hire a boat. A couple of guys are BM's and active in the Phuket forum. the 2 that come to mind are Old Croc and petercallen. They might be able to advise what to do from a local perspective.

Could try a post in the Phuket forum or if the mods flick it give them a PM direct.

Regards, Stafford

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Somehow I think you really need to get away from the locals or where they go to get anything. Trawling for that distance should have raised something other than your frustration. Magazines were last years, so it isnt hat long ago, he reckons he does a lot of travelling to get his fish. Probably found the spaniard floating by the sound of it, cant beat them when they are fresh, beautiful, same with trevally, especially the golds.

Dennis

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If ever you fancy a weekend away I have a friend who has a fishing lake up in Chumphon which has some decent fish in it. Drop me a PM for his details. catch and release or eat what you catch. up to you as they say. There is always top cats here on Samui as well if you are into big fishing and there is some very good big game fishing to had from here as well.

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I have fished a lot of oz, spent time in WA around Perth and then around Carnarvon, fishing was pretty dam_n good but locals would be able to give more details. I just copped a lot of info from the locals that had fished the coast and took it all in, still want to get to the northern tip of WA and fish the rocks, heard it is phenominal with lures and the huge tide change.

Dennis

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thanks mate, might have to look at something like that if everything else fails. I dont mind game fishing, brought my 15 kg set up, sold the 24kg to a mate but have my big trolling rigs, gymbal and harness, you never know when you will need it. I actually have a big selection of gear here, 8 & 10 kg flick sticks and lighter plus my bottom bashing gear, all my lures(hard and soft), leaders and rigging material so I am able to cater to most types of fishing.

Dennis

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Never been to WA guys but it is definitely on my list to do soon. I've wanted to try the fishing in Australia for a long time. Bull sharks in QLD and game fish in WA. There's lots of info on the net and a great forum called fishwrecked by the WA locals. Lots of pics, lots of posts.

I actually came across it when reading about a lad from Ireland called Liam O'Connor who joined the forum and absolutely loved the fishing but tragically drowned a few months later. Search for 'Fishwrecked member tragedy'.

This was him. You can see the fishing was incredible, bluefin Tuna from the rocks! Massive sharks for fun at your feet.:

His videos show how amazing the fishing is. The GT, Marlin, Rays and Shark fishing is just amazing to see. It's like the Southern Guinea Bissau.

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Thats it, the more remote the area the better the fishing, you can throw in an a bare silver hook and get a hook up, it is incredible. Just make sure you are not caught out by the tides, they are huge and come and go very fast. Sorry to hear about your mate but he must have enjoyed his fishing.

Dennis

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i was in my local fishing shop in hua hin the other day and the guy from the shop, a thai guy, had loads of pics of himself up on the wall, holding some impressive fish

i asked him where he caught them all..... i said was it in hua hin..... he said no, all from the andaman side

not sure what fish they were, there must have been 10 different species i all his photos, and they ranged from 5 - 40 kg i would say

he was definately getting into some good fish....... i think on this east coast though the going is a lot harder

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i was in my local fishing shop in hua hin the other day and the guy from the shop, a thai guy, had loads of pics of himself up on the wall, holding some impressive fish

i asked him where he caught them all..... i said was it in hua hin..... he said no, all from the andaman side

not sure what fish they were, there must have been 10 different species i all his photos, and they ranged from 5 - 40 kg i would say

he was definately getting into some good fish....... i think on this east coast though the going is a lot harder

There is a reserve around Similan Island where I think most good fish are caught. Be it from just on the edge of the reserve or just inside when nobody's looking. It's only protected areas and areas free from man that thrive.

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