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Fishing Around Surat Thani

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And i thought that i was the only farang looking for somewhere to fish. I live on Samui and have just about given up. We have got a town house at Wat Pradu ( Suratthani) so if anyone knows of anywhere to fish around the coast in that area, please tell me. My partner comes from Ban Na Dom so we get over to Surat from Samui quite often.

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If you have a boat you will probably want to try trolling around any islands or sunken structures, reefs etc. Looking for drop offs from deep to shallow water, any obvious mixing of fresh and saltwater in estuarys and thermal meeting points. You can usually see these as a line through the water. I forget the term, thermoclines maybe? You'll often get flotsam gathering at the current lines. Get yourself some maritime charts to find any sea mounts or trenches where upwelling of currents can occur providing bait to big predators. Also look for birds, they are the best fishermen of all.

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If you have a boat you will probably want to try trolling around any islands or sunken structures, reefs etc. Looking for drop offs from deep to shallow water, any obvious mixing of fresh and saltwater in estuarys and thermal meeting points. You can usually see these as a line through the water. I forget the term, thermoclines maybe? You'll often get flotsam gathering at the current lines. Get yourself some maritime charts to find any sea mounts or trenches where upwelling of currents can occur providing bait to big predators. Also look for birds, they are the best fishermen of all.

With due respects Jack, all your points are valid. Fishing 101. I think the op knows to fish, judging by his posts. I think his direct question is where to fish in his local area. I jokingly agreed with his assumption that they had been fished out and gave the reasons. Unfortunately this is an Asian phenomenon, there has been absolutely no thought given to the sustainability of the oceans resources. Very sad and very true.

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If you have a boat you will probably want to try trolling around any islands or sunken structures, reefs etc. Looking for drop offs from deep to shallow water, any obvious mixing of fresh and saltwater in estuarys and thermal meeting points. You can usually see these as a line through the water. I forget the term, thermoclines maybe? You'll often get flotsam gathering at the current lines. Get yourself some maritime charts to find any sea mounts or trenches where upwelling of currents can occur providing bait to big predators. Also look for birds, they are the best fishermen of all.

With due respects Jack, all your points are valid. Fishing 101. I think the op knows to fish, judging by his posts. I think his direct question is where to fish in his local area. I jokingly agreed with his assumption that they had been fished out and gave the reasons. Unfortunately this is an Asian phenomenon, there has been absolutely no thought given to the sustainability of the oceans resources. Very sad and very true.

I know sportsman69, 2 years in Phuket showed me the lack of thought for sustainable fishing. In hard fished waters nobody is going to give out prime marks. They wont be able to get on them themselves or they'll get fished out. So you might want to go back to basics and find your own, follow other boats or take a gps on a trip with an operator. That's the reality.

Plus thermoclines can change from day to day and often produce the best pelagic species. Like floating debris. Here today gone tomorrow.

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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

If you are in the SW of WA then easter is the time for Salmon - but it can be very hard work. Summer you can go in a boat for Samson fish and winter fishijng for Black bream in the Swan River can be OK. best of all get up to Exmouth in january and work the flats.

Generally fishing in WA is not that great in the SW and even up north it can be hard work. Interestingly my son and I come to Thailand for the fishing - it is cheaper and we have had some great times in the fishing parks - prefer the river and lake fishimng for Snakehead, Jungle Perch and our dream is working the northern Thai rivers for Mahseer.

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And i thought that i was the only farang looking for somewhere to fish. I live on Samui and have just about given up. We have got a town house at Wat Pradu ( Suratthani) so if anyone knows of anywhere to fish around the coast in that area, please tell me. My partner comes from Ban Na Dom so we get over to Surat from Samui quite often.

Hi mate, I live at Phokhuntale, not too far from there but I am still looking for some where to fish myself. Hopefully I will be able to get more involved once I finish all the work on our garden.

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And i thought that i was the only farang looking for somewhere to fish. I live on Samui and have just about given up. We have got a town house at Wat Pradu ( Suratthani) so if anyone knows of anywhere to fish around the coast in that area, please tell me. My partner comes from Ban Na Dom so we get over to Surat from Samui quite often.

Hi mate, I live at Phokhuntale, not too far from there but I am still looking for some where to fish myself. Hopefully I will be able to get more involved once I finish all the work on our garden.

When you find it please let me know.

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And i thought that i was the only farang looking for somewhere to fish. I live on Samui and have just about given up. We have got a town house at Wat Pradu ( Suratthani) so if anyone knows of anywhere to fish around the coast in that area, please tell me. My partner comes from Ban Na Dom so we get over to Surat from Samui quite often.

Hi mate, I live at Phokhuntale, not too far from there but I am still looking for some where to fish myself. Hopefully I will be able to get more involved once I finish all the work on our garden.

When you find it please let me know.

No worries mate, will do. Actually wet a line yesterday at the port, a friend got some nice flathead in their net there a few weeks ago. I was using soft plastics as flatties like them but all I got were snags, there is just so much crap in the water, everyone uses it as a tip. Watched the locals on the pier catching 2" herring on jigs, no wonder there is bugger all around, they remove all the baitfish so that there is nothing for the bigger fish.

Dennis

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And i thought that i was the only farang looking for somewhere to fish. I live on Samui and have just about given up. We have got a town house at Wat Pradu ( Suratthani) so if anyone knows of anywhere to fish around the coast in that area, please tell me. My partner comes from Ban Na Dom so we get over to Surat from Samui quite often.

Hi mate, I live at Phokhuntale, not too far from there but I am still looking for some where to fish myself. Hopefully I will be able to get more involved once I finish all the work on our garden.

When you find it please let me know.

No worries mate, will do. Actually wet a line yesterday at the port, a friend got some nice flathead in their net there a few weeks ago. I was using soft plastics as flatties like them but all I got were snags, there is just so much crap in the water, everyone uses it as a tip. Watched the locals on the pier catching 2" herring on jigs, no wonder there is bugger all around, they remove all the baitfish so that there is nothing for the bigger fish.

Dennis

WOW! Flathead, did'nt know that there were any in Thailand, a really nice eating fish. You are right about the locals taking everything ! How are they going to breed if the little ones are taken before they get a chance to mature. I was watching some Thai's looking for fish along Mae Nam beach. They had little finger nail sized things in their bucket. Make good soup they said !

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G'day CornishCarlos, i was thinking that there might be a likely spot to fish somewhere in the Donsak area. If you get any luck please don't forget to give me a call.

Dave.

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I know, I saw some at the morning market(around 1.5kg) so I grabbed them and then tried to find out where they came from, was told Nakon Si Tammarat but then my wife spoke to her friend that said they get them locally too and every one I have seen has been over a kilo. I think they are great eating so I was rapt but I will have to hunt around to catch them I think. Wife wants us to stay out in the estuary just down the coast(huts are over the water at high tide and mud at low tide, get to them by boat), it should be a reasonable area to search for them as there are channels all over the place. Went to her work with her for a bit today and the same lady hade a bucket full of the little buggers, wife said they fry them and eat them whole, I think they make better bait.

Dennis

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I know, I saw some at the morning market(around 1.5kg) so I grabbed them and then tried to find out where they came from, was told Nakon Si Tammarat but then my wife spoke to her friend that said they get them locally too and every one I have seen has been over a kilo. I think they are great eating so I was rapt but I will have to hunt around to catch them I think. Wife wants us to stay out in the estuary just down the coast(huts are over the water at high tide and mud at low tide, get to them by boat), it should be a reasonable area to search for them as there are channels all over the place. Went to her work with her for a bit today and the same lady hade a bucket full of the little buggers, wife said they fry them and eat them whole, I think they make better bait.

Dennis

What fish are you referring to Dennis ?

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I know, I saw some at the morning market(around 1.5kg) so I grabbed them and then tried to find out where they came from, was told Nakon Si Tammarat but then my wife spoke to her friend that said they get them locally too and every one I have seen has been over a kilo. I think they are great eating so I was rapt but I will have to hunt around to catch them I think. Wife wants us to stay out in the estuary just down the coast(huts are over the water at high tide and mud at low tide, get to them by boat), it should be a reasonable area to search for them as there are channels all over the place. Went to her work with her for a bit today and the same lady hade a bucket full of the little buggers, wife said they fry them and eat them whole, I think they make better bait.

Dennis

What fish are you referring to Dennis ?

sorry mate, flat head, I thought I had attached your reply but I didnt. I would really like to get onto them as they are just great fun to catch with soft plastics and really good eating. I will be back in oz next week till the end of the month then hopefully I can do some looking when I get back, I will keep you informed if I find any good spots. Just had an email from a mate in Darwin, reckons he has killed the barra this year, lucky bastard, told me to call in on my way but I have already booked my flights, bugger.

Dennis

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I know, I saw some at the morning market(around 1.5kg) so I grabbed them and then tried to find out where they came from, was told Nakon Si Tammarat but then my wife spoke to her friend that said they get them locally too and every one I have seen has been over a kilo. I think they are great eating so I was rapt but I will have to hunt around to catch them I think. Wife wants us to stay out in the estuary just down the coast(huts are over the water at high tide and mud at low tide, get to them by boat), it should be a reasonable area to search for them as there are channels all over the place. Went to her work with her for a bit today and the same lady hade a bucket full of the little buggers, wife said they fry them and eat them whole, I think they make better bait.

Dennis

What fish are you referring to Dennis ?

sorry mate, flat head, I thought I had attached your reply but I didnt. I would really like to get onto them as they are just great fun to catch with soft plastics and really good eating. I will be back in oz next week till the end of the month then hopefully I can do some looking when I get back, I will keep you informed if I find any good spots. Just had an email from a mate in Darwin, reckons he has killed the barra this year, lucky bastard, told me to call in on my way but I have already booked my flights, bugger.

Dennis

OK mate, thought you were having a "senior" moment. I am back in SE Qld at the moment, but hope to return shortly, have a few things to sort out here, caught some nice Whiting in the Bribie Passage last week, then got too excited and fell in with my bloody mobile phone in my pocket...........bugger !

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hahahahaha, mate I near wet myself with that one, what a bugger but at least you caught fish. I fly into Brisbane on the 22nd(a week away) and will go straight to the thai consulate to apply for a 12 month multi visa, already emailed them and they say it should be fine. I then head back to DEEDI to pick up some plants that have been in quarantine for several months with some mates then head back down to Ballina for the week, Will head back to Brissy on the friday to pick up my passport/visa then stay the night and fly out early the next morning to come back here. Hopefully I will get out on the mates boat while I am there.

Dennis

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