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Hi All,

I am heading back to Khon Kaen next month and as much as I enjoy catfish and carp, I much prefer lure fishing and would really like to go for Giant Snakeheads.

Now I don't have the first clue about catching them, Is there anywhere in Issan I can go?

What sort of ground do they usually reside in? What lures? Surface?

Any information at all would really be appreciated,

Thanks,

Steve

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I am lead to believe that surface frogs are used, Been given the details of a guide so hopefully that works out!

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Google bkkhooker-there are several chado chasers there and lots of other info specific to thai fishing.

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Pla Chon. Never seen them caught with anything but a net. I have tried to catch them with live bait (worms) to no avail. Minnows would probably work but I have had no luck. The family eats all the minnows.

For some unknown reason, pla chon is very much rarer than chado here. I've tried in vain to catch a chon with lure but only managed to get chado up till now. When I was in Malaysia, the reverse is true, chon all the time and chado only in more remote waters. Strange.

Come to think of it, even tilapia don't seem common enough in the wild.

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Come to think of it, even tilapia don't seem common enough in the wild.

That's just because Tilapia are from Africa.

Bye,

Derk

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I love fishing for pla chon. I have a fair amount of luck using Mepps spinners, usually a size 1. I fish in smaller ponds or near the shore where it's grassy in larger ponds. They put up a real good fight if they latch onto the Mepps.

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There's a small river north of Khon Kaen near the Phoenix Paper and Plywood factory. I've caught several fair sized pla chon there using my trusted mepps.

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I have seen a fishing show here in the states about catching monster fish. Not sure of the title of the show at the moment but will research and reply back. I do remember the location was very much like alot of the "ponds" that I see around the Thai country side. His guides were Thai and took the fisherman to specific spots to catch the monster fish, I am not sure of the type of fish, some sort of catfish.

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My neighbor's wife knows how to catch one eyed trouser snake.

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I have a friend in CM who has a fly tying company and fishing is his life. He fishes for the snakeheads with a bait casting type of setup with minnow type surface lures. He casts and reels it back in like his hair is on fire. He is also using steel leader, as their teeth will shred mono.The snakeheads are aggressive and respond to noise and splash. He says when they are spawning it can be very dangerous to be in the water near the big ones. Have fun!

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Come to think of it, even tilapia don't seem common enough in the wild.

That's just because Tilapia are from Africa.

Bye,

Derk

Certainly doesn't mean that's the only place you find them DerkMR.

Some research might be in order before you make such an "off the

cuff" and "all knowing" statement wink.png

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Have about 5000 in the ponds in my back yard and have caught 2kg plus from my jetty. And i can assure you that is not in Africa. I work in Africa (Tanzania ) but my ponds are in Esan. Here is one my friend caught.

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Thanks for all your replies, I have spoken with the guide and he says that the water level will be too low when I am there next month, so that is a shame.

Anyone got any other ideas? I would really like to fish in the wild instead of stocked lakes.

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