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Kiniyeow

Where/When to go deep sea fishing in Thailand?

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Budget is going to vary, long story-waiting an appeal decision that can go many ways by Veterans Affairs. If I'm able to go at all my budget will be mid range. I'll be able to afford up to 300 USD a day, maybe a bit more, for a couple of days, no 1,000 USD for me for fishing. I've got good tackle, need to add spinning gear for popping, jigging etc. I'll have that. I have good Okuma lever drag with about 400 yds. 50 lb. braid, small level wind reels Shimano and Okuma with about 400 yds. 30/40 lb. braid, one piece rods to match, + Okuma jigging rod. Lighter 2 piece rods for smaller fish. Pain in the butt flying with those rods. I get a lot of joking comments about having an RPG, rod case. I'd never make it in the door of an airport in the US without getting shot. A couple of days will satisfy me if there is no 'nightlife' available.

Rompin is your best call, while life baiting for sails you can do bottom fishing or squid fishing at the same time, all done in day trips.

take some of your catch with you to the restaurants.

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I get a lot of joking comments about having an RPG, rod case. I'd never make it in the door of an airport in the US without getting shot.

I used to carry my rods in a rifle case when I travel. Ask me why I don't any more....

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No need to ask. I left all my fishing gear in the states with my son (who already had enough for a tackle shop) when I moved permanent in 2010. Aside from the pure hassel of the size, length (one piece Ling rod, 2 piece surf rod, etc,) weight, (heavy-I forgot the schedule) I'd never have gotten through the door of a US airport in one piece. Here, not so bad, lots of funny looks and comments, I just smile and say fishing rods, also written on rod case. Still a pain in the butt traveling with the one piece rods. Aside from the 2 piece rods that join at the butt, I just don't trust 2 piece for medium to heavy salt water fish. Some good comments on this thread.

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No need to ask. I left all my fishing gear in the states with my son (who already had enough for a tackle shop) when I moved permanent in 2010. Aside from the pure hassel of the size, length (one piece Ling rod, 2 piece surf rod, etc,) weight, (heavy-I forgot the schedule) I'd never have gotten through the door of a US airport in one piece. Here, not so bad, lots of funny looks and comments, I just smile and say fishing rods, also written on rod case. Still a pain in the butt traveling with the one piece rods. Aside from the 2 piece rods that join at the butt, I just don't trust 2 piece for medium to heavy salt water fish. Some good comments on this thread.

Best solution I've found for lots of rods is a hard sided golf case. Never gets a second look. And when it does go through x-ray, nobody gets upset that it's not golf clubs once they see it's just fishing rods. Carried 75 fly rods back from China one time in a golf case. Declared them at US Customs and they just waved me through- no duties.

I don't travel with any one piece rods. Mostly, I buy 4 piece nowadays. If it doesn't fit in the trunk of a car, I probably gave it away years ago.

Had an interesting exchange with Beijing Airport security once carrying on about 15 lb of Tungsten Carbide worm weights. I'll be darned, they look just like bullets on the x-ray. Had to show the guy the hole in the middle to convince him they wouldn't make very good bullets.

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Funny how traveling with fishing gear has gotten to be a hassle. Ah, beg to differ on the weights. Never worked with tungsten carbide, but leave the opening in the nose, fill the rest, hmmmnnn. Not worth the effort, I reloaded too long, too much already available. Because of weight I put fishing weights in carry on, along with reels. The rods are much easier replaced than the reels. Golf bag would work, but I don't have anything that breaks down that small. Just hoping I can make a trip.

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So it appears that the best fishing times coincide with the tourist high season, bleh. I was hoping to get a good deal on rooms and fishing by going in the off tourist season. Oh well, no problem, I'll probably check out Cha-Am or somewhere around there. I'm with sgtsabai, I'm retired and don't have a tourist budget to spend on a fishing trip, so it will probably be just a day trip for the fishing part. Thanks all for the info.

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Kiniyeow, you can try Nov, early Dec and later in Jan or Feb. The winds start to pick up in March, but still have some good days. While the prices are still based on "high season", although there hasn't been much of one lately, at least for farang tourists, checking around for hotel etc. prices and seeing when they go up and back down can help. Good luck.

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Sorry for late reply but had to go back to the UK in a hurry...

I would second Rompin as the best in the area, at least that I know of, failing that the Andaman coast for deeper waters and better fishing, unfortunately I am on the Gulf side :(

Rompin is great for freelining a bait with a balloon for an explosive take and fight with some tail walking thrown in ususally. A few fish every day is quite possible although as with most fishing a blank is also possible sad.png

Boats are relatively affordable, big enough for 4 or so but taking turns in the hot seat and the fights are hard going. All fishing is catch and release as the sailfish is a protected species in Malysia thankfully. Other than the sailfish there are some other smaller species to be had with light jigging being a great way to catch.

For a great service, including AP pick up and an all inclusive set up then Patrick at lxffishing.com & patrick@lxffishing.com (+60193050726) will sort you out, at least they did for me smile.png . There is a facebook page for this service too with some nice pics to ogle tongue.png . The owner is a very nice Zimbabwean/Austrian guy who has been in Malaysia many years and speaks both Malay and English clap2.gif

For a closer to home fishing experience the Burma Banks are good fishing although they might5 be busy now with a few Thai trips heading out from Ranong mostly...there are ads in most Thai fishing mags. Also Koh Lipe as mentioned also but the actual fishing grounds are the island near to it, Koh Adang, and further off shore.

As for freshwater fishing....well thats another mater entirely coffee1.gif

I hope this helps some fishos out there!!

Tight lines!

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I had a fiberglass tour boat for 4 seasons in Koh Chang. It was good fun (if not businesswise:) doing trips for tourists and even locals with my Thai captain. Koh Chang and especially Koh Kood offer fairly good fishing, the catch is mostly barracuda and king mackerel though. I like trolling so we were not so much into bottom fishing but that's certainly the easiest way to catch something there with a live squid or 'pla tu' for mackerel.

Never caught a sailfish which buggers me so I have to go back there with a new smaller boat to chase that dream next month. The sailfish season is short though late October until November but I've seen a sail jumping nearby Koh Kood in April so there might be some chance. Koh Chang is worth trying only at the moment there are no good trolling boats doing trips for tourists.

See the pi, there's certainly something bigger around to chase these 2 kilo barracudas.

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If you'd prefer to join Thailand freshwater fishing tour, probably the best in the country is Siam Fishing tour. Also Bungsamran is recommended, it's already known for world records for the biggest catches.

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I've been on quite a few paid fishing trips in the gulf (never in the Andaman). Biggest fish I got was maybe a kilo. At Koh Samui (my first trip in Thailand) I went on one of the trips they advertise everywhere around the island. They had pictures of big fish, so I brought my saltwater rods and prepared myself for some deep sea fishing. They were going for little reef fish the entire day. A big disappointment, but I learned not to go on those types of trips. At Koh Tao we went for the big ones but turned up with nothing. At Koh Chang in Trat we went out at night... biggest fish was maybe 3/4 kilo. The best fishing I've had has been in a tiny little boat with a friend at night pulling in decent sized barracuda all night. Also went out with another friend during the day and we hooked 2 big king mackerels, but they told me not to bring my own gear because they had it already and the leader lines were all rusted so it broke each time.

The best fishing I've seen (I didn't go on this trip) was when a group of 10 or so of my Thai friends went out to these oil rigs. It's a long trip, but they caught so many big fish I couldn't count them. The deck was covered in big (5-10 kilo) fish. I'm not sure exactly where these oil rigs are, but if I go on another trip I'm paying the money and going out there. It looked amazing.

Also 7 Seas Pro Shop (at Bungsamran) has a charter boat that goes out of Pattaya. It's expensive, but a very nice boat. They have videos on YouTube of people jigging and pulling up nice fish, but I'm sure it's seasonal and hit-or-miss depending on the day.

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