What follows is not tips from an exalted angling god (only in my dreams) but a relative novice at lure fishing. As my friends on twitter will know over the past few weeks I have been fishing a lot at Pilot 111 (the location and more details on the pond is available here https://bangkokburt.wordpress.com/freshwater-fishing-spots-in-thailand/ )
They have nice restaurant which will cook what you catch for a fee. They also have a really annoying resident bird that has learned to emulate the sound of finger nails scraping down blackboards and squeeky door hinges…
It’s a great spot with several ponds stocked with giant snakeheads, barramundi, asian redtail catfish, featherbacks and more.
Now thanks to some expert guidance from Oz, from Bangkok Hooker, Doc Green, Alex and random helpful strangers I have picked up a few tips and tricks which have helped me up my game from a low base to the point where I now catch regularly by the most exciting of angling techniques, lure fishing.
Now before I’m bombarded by one or two comments from the fishing elite (who in all fairness probably dont read this blog anyway), I have yet to try fly fishing, so weigh opinion accordingly. Let’s just say that, for now, for me, lure fishing is where its at. Yes I hear fishing on the fly is a lot of fun and requires a great degree of coordination and finesse to do well, and that’s something I’d very much like to try, even though I have never been accused of having a great deal of either before…but that doesn’t put me off. Nope, between you and I, I’m actually just holding off. I have a severe addiction to all things fishing, I know I will succumb one of these days I’d just rather succumb when I can afford to actually get good gear, guilt free. (even though I’ll probably just have a very expensive tangle of line and a nose ring that looks suspiciously like a mayfly to show for it!)
Now I know there are cheap and cheerful set ups available but that brings me to the one thing more than any other that I have learn’t over the past few weeks:-
Don’t buy cheap tackle, ever, NO, not even if its really shiny..well perhaps if its grade 10 shiny, multifunction / has flashing lights or other electronics and costs less than a beer, but sometimes not even then, and certainly never if its terminal tackle. If you are not yet able to buy beer legally, sorry this still applies to you, spend that pocket money wisely!
Oh sure that crappy swivel may work for a while, perhaps even land a fish or two but it WILL fail and almost certainly it will fail when you have either a great looking fish fighting near the bank or when you have it attached to the newest, shiniest most expensive, ultra realistic natural swimming action lure in your tackle box which promptly gets snagged on some underwater feature on your first cast (both scenarios may or may not have happened to me in two successive recent weeks 😦 Lesson learned, and now, shared!
So.. spend money where it counts. Now this is where I hear absolute novices (like myself ), cry “but where oh where should I spend my hard earned, begged, borrowed, or stolen dough?” Well, on the critical bits of course! If it connects you to a fish, invest in it. So spend big on: quality line, hooks, swivels and lures. Get plenty of each, a range of sizes, breaking strains, shapes, types and even colours. This will give you the most versatile tackle box ready for any occasion. Also spend more on your reel than your rod. Rods break faster than reels, especially with the monsters we have here in Thailand.
Great sites like http://www.mikesreelrepair.com/index.php ensures that a well maintained reel will last much more than a lifetime. (I dont get anything for plugging that site, I have used them before and am a HUGE fan, they have just about every part imaginable for just about every reel you can think of, its affordable, and they ship fast and to Thailand, check em out).
That’s it for now next post will look at some really basic techniques that have helped me increase my catch rate.
Have fun out there and as always,