My partner and I decided to try Phuket Fishing Park as we are both into fishing (particularly my partner) and it looked so appealing. We chose program 2 and paid for two people (one non fishing) and two rods (1 meat 1 bread) which came to 4,500 baht (equivalent to $158 Australian dollars). We arrived at the place at around 9 am and were placed in the back corner of the lake (which we later discovered is the quietest part of the lake) and immediately commenced fishing. In the first hour we had a few bites but no assistance in reeling in/netting the big fish as the guides were overly concerned with the larger groups (probably because they tip better... our guide actually asked us several times to tip him). 11.30 arrived and every group had caught fish with the exception of us. This is not the place's fault at all, however, there should be a rotation period in which groups move around so that everyone has a go at different spots and it is more fair. We also should have received the same amount of attention and care as the other larger groups. At around 1.30 my partner caught his first fish (pacu piranha) and later caught another one and a catfish also. At 3 pm our guide tried to force us to leave despite the fact the place closes at 5 pm. We spoke to the owner and he said to ignore this and keep fishing till 5 if we wanted to. Other groups left so we decided to stay and get a good fish in at the better spots around the lake. At 4 pm, a different guide tried to get us to leave by jumping in someone else's cab...... we did not order a cab and knew full well we could stay till 5. We spoke to the manager about this and he was very apologetic and mentioned it was because they wanted to finish early. While I appreciate his apologies, I do think the staff need to be spoken to/reprimanded.... my partner and I didn't pay $160 to be bustled out of the place early or to be hassled for tips whilst not being assisted with fishing. Other points to mention is that staff kept flicking cigarette butts in the lake (good job keeping it clean for wildlife guys!) and the toilet facilities along with the grounds are terrible and need to be cleaned up. A positive is that the lunch was lovely and plentiful and I do think the owner is great guy but just needs to sort out his staff.
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