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Fishing trips to the FAD (Fish Aggregating Devices) outside Khao Lak, done from Thai longtail or Speed boats.
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Fabio S wrote a review Mar 2018
Lugano, Switzerland20 contributions23 helpful votes
THAI SALTWATER FISHING Fishing for Dorado and Giant Trevally on the Andaman sea End of February 2018 I was fishing during 3 days with the Company THAI SALTWATER FISHING on the Andaman Sea around Khao Lak in Thailand. I got the address of this company in internet. I was interested in fly fishing the Dorado (Mahi Mahi) and eventually the Giant Trevally and I was attracted by the detailed and emphasized information on their web site. This year I was looking for a guide for fly fishing on Andaman sea because I was spending holidays with my family in Phuket. Speaking quite frankly in Google I didn’t find other companies offering guided fly fishing there. I summarise my experience putting in evidence positive and negative facts for other fly fisher who would like to go there. As stated in the web, the THAI SALTWATER FISHING Company does not provide equipment for fly fishing. Fishing materials I have used: Rods: 9ft lines 8,10,12 , Sage Motive, Sage Salt HD, Reels: Nautilus CCFX2 . Lines: Rio Tropical Outbund Short WF8F 330gr, Rio Levathian Sink 9-10wt 350 gr, RioGT WF10 400gr , AirfloTarpon WF12F, Rio Levathian Sink Tip 11-13 500gr. Tippet: Rio Fluoroflex Saltwater 100, 60,40, 20 lb. Hooks: Gamakatsu SL12S Size 2, 2/0, 6/0 . Lures with EP fibers : Minnow, Baitfish, Mullet, Peanut Butter, Rattle, Deceiver , Flexible calamari, Squids , Crab, Shrimp in different pattern and colours, sizes from 6 to 16 cm. Fishing period: I have booked the days 26,27 and 28th of February just before the the full moon (March 1st). It didn’t rain and the wind speed was below 3m/s , therefore I had ideal conditions for fly fishing. Boat: The boat provided does not belong to THAI SALTWATER FISHING but to a a local Thai family . It is a nice 27ft speedboat with a 250PS engine well equipped for sea fishing , with enough space for one fly fisher. Guide: I have had contact with Meik [ - ], owner of the Company THAI SALTWATER FISHING only by email , he provided me information on the lures to use for fly fishing Dorado and GT, but I didn’t see him. I had to send some emails before and after my arrival in Phuket in order to know when I would have seen Meik. Finally I got an answer of his wife Tik who is a very kind person. I met her the 27th in the hotel and she informed me that I will fish with the “captain” of the boat. Tik picked me up with her car always on time at the Marling Resort Hotel in Khao Lak where I was staying and at the Tap Lamu Pier in the afternoon after fishing. As “captain and guide” , during 2 days ( fishing on Fish Aggregation Devices - FAD- , and costal fishing) I had a young Thai who didn’t speak English at all , who took with him his 12 year old brother . During 1 day (fishing around Similan islands) I had his elder brother who speaks some English also with the 12 year old brother. They fished all the time with poppers when I was fly fishing and the kid was fishing with the jig . Some times I hooked my line in their lines or rods and often I had to move their rods because they let them fixed on the sides of the boat . It is not correct to pay a “guide”, indeed they were not a guides but a "boat drivers", when I am fishing until I give him either my rod in the hand or he asks me. I always consent , but not for 8 hours. When they were not fishing they where listening to their IPod but they had little interest in what I was doing. Fishing places: February 26, around the FAD (Fish Aggregating Devices) about 1h speedboat, 1/3 of the distance between Lak and Similan islands. According to the web site of Thai Saltwater Fishing the FAD’s should be excellent places for the Dorados. I was fishing from about 9:00 to 17:00. I never stopped fishing and during the day we moved around about 6 FAD's. The “captain” fished too but with poppers. We didn’t see fishes or had any strikes. Only the kid, who was jigging got a couple of small bait fishes which were used once by the “captain" to feed the fishes around a FAD in order to attract them but without success. Cost 12’000 + 600 Tip THBath. February 27, around Similan Islands, a National Park, about 2h , 70 km from Khao Lak by speedboat I was fishing from about 10:00 to 15:00. When I arrived to the proximity of the island I was told from the “captain" that it is prohibited to fish closer than two miles from the islands. So I could not approach the rocks as I expected, having read the web site and seen a picture of Thai Saltwater Fishing I have understood that I would to fish near to the rocks. So we stopped for fishing in the middle of the sea . I never had given up fishing all the day , also the “captain" and the kid fished sometimes with the popper and the jig. We didn’t see fishes or have any strikes with the exception of the captain who was fishing with poppers and who hooked a Mackerel of about 3 Kg in his belly. Cost 18’000 + 600 Tip THBat Cost 18'000 + 600 Tip THBat February 28. Having been frustrated around the FAD's and Similan Islands I told Tik to explain to the “captain" to "guide" me around the rocks in shallow waters along the coast north of the Tap Lamu Pier in Khao Lak,in the hope to have at least some strikes (no more hope to see a Dorado or a GT..) . I was fishing from 8:30 to 16:00. I caught and released 2 Groupers (15 cm each) which probably wanted to commit suicide with a Gotcha fly size 2 , I generally used it successfully in Aitutaki (Cook Island) for big bone fishes. The “captain" has tried few casts with the popper but without success, he was more interested in his iPod then in my fishing and he was very happy when he managed to understand to bring me back to the Tap Lamu Pear. Cost 12’000 + 600 Tip THBat Conclusion: This trip was a disaster. I didn’t see or hear Meik [-] the owner and guide of the Company THAI SALTWATER FISHING , at least to talk about the details of my 3 days fishing. Instead of fishing guides I had young people called “captains” who could drive a fishing boat during 3 days. Moreover during 2 days with one he didn’t speak English at all. I didn’t see any fish especially the Dorado or the GT presented with emphasis in the web site of THAI SALTWATER FISHING . The kindness of Tik does not compensate the rest. Last but not least, before leaving the boat the last day I asked the “captain” to show me the pictures of his big catch he has on his cell phone. He showed me a lot of Groupers ( jigged vey deep), some GT's but no one Dorado ! I’m 70 years old and was fishing in all continents, I have had companies offering excellent, good, poor and very poor services. This one belongs to the last category and this is not the place for fly fishing Dorado, GT, nor other fishes . There are better spots around the world. Tight lines for those who wants to try with poppers… Fabio Soldati, Switzerland
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Response from Thai_Fishing2014, Manager at Thai Saltwater Fishing
Responded May 20, 2018
Dear Fabio Soldati, Sorry you feel that your trip with us was a disappointment. We have responded to your review below. We do not understand why, you thought you booked a guided fly fishing trip. It is very clear on our website what is included on our different tours. The 09/26/17. You received confirmation of your 3 day FAD fishing trip. The email also contained a time schedule and what to bring on the trip and hope you were satisfied with all answers to all your questions in your emails, which also included photos of some very colorful flies you had made for the trip. All emails you sent after that date were not necessary for us, except those pertaining to your transfer from Phuket of course. You invited me to go fishing with you in one of your first emails, I wrote back to you saying that if I was not in the jungle I would be happy to join you for the day. We had never spoken about that we should meet until in your last email you suggested we should, but unfortunately with such short notice it was not possible on the day you named. Nowhere on the web-page does it say you can fish near the rocks at Similan islands. It states clearly that we offer trips to the FAD. It sounds like you have mixed it with the fishing at Khao Lak, here you can fish at the rocks and there are photos from there. When the captain was asked why no fish was caught. He replied “What can I do when his fly lands right at the boat” The FAD fishing is a completely different world compared to your saltwater experience with bone fishing. Here you will need to be able to make long casts. You do not need to be able to caste a whole 90ft line. But if you can starts to see your backing once you have stripped the line from the reel you can cast, it would be great. Around full and new moon there can be days with very little surface activity, because of strong currents that occur, in these cases the fish many times go deep. The young Thai you speak of is 29 years old and has many years experience. Of course, it's not good enough, if you feel he spent too much time on his i-phone. It has also been explained to him that this was frustrating in the situation you were in. The captain suggested trying to troll your fly, in that way there will come some distance and speed on your fly, but you refused because you were afraid that your gear would break. It was suggested that you could catch a Dorado on bait and keep it in the water, it will often bring other Dorado close to the boat, but you refused again. So they tried to use poppers without hooks to tease fish to the boat (I know there have also been used poppers with hooks). Sometimes it happens, you foul hook a fish and we are very sorry if you feel, this has disturbed your fishing. They also jigged bait fish to try chumming. The last day you choose to fish the low water along the coast with your Bonefish fly, instead of using a popper or streamer for the Barracuda, Cobia and GT that swim around at the coast. With best regards Meik
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