Carp Fishing In Bangkok

9 07 2008

Last Sunday was the first time in a couple of months that I had been able to get out fishing and I have missed it!

Bung Samran Pier

Bung Samran Pier

We decided to have a full day at it so at 0730 hrs we where setting up on the central pier at Bung Samran before the night fishing crowd had packed up.

We had decided to fish for Carp – Siamese Giant Carp and Mekong Giant Catfish – a giant day.  We had 3 rods between us so dedicated one rod each for the carp and catfish and one rod for lucky dip.

The Carp and Catfish bait is primarily “Lam” or “Ram”, this is rice bran which is one of the by-products of rice milling.  The secret of success is in the bait preparation and both the carp and catfish have their preferred additives and texture for the Lam.  The mixes are a constant source of conversation around the fishing park and  I think every guide and regular customer has their own recipe,  some share some keep it a secret.

Giant Mekong Catfish

Giant Mekong Catfish

Giant Siamese Carp

Giant Siamese Carp

We good day and where kept busy all day with over 20 fish caught between us including our target species of Carp and Catfish and a couple of bonus fish with the luck dip rod using chicken fillet as bait.

Chao Phraya Catfish - Pangasius Sanitwongsei

Chao Phraya Catfish - Pangasius Sanitwongsei

Pacu - Colossoma Brachypomum

Pacu - Colossoma Brachypomum

The  Pacu is omnivorous and can be caught with almost anything you can get to stay on a hook.  The Chao Phraya Catfish is a predator which eats mainly small fish – in Bung Samram the diet is mainly Tilapia

Chao Phraya Catfish Mouth

Chao Phraya Catfish Mouth

The mouth of the Chao Phraya Catfish is lined with very small teeth which are velcro like in feel and appearance and these are used along with a strong bite to grind up the particularly spiky and spiny Talapia ready for digestion

More information can be found at my web site fishing page www.john-tom.com The page has details of various fishing venues in and around Bangkok along with prices and fishing tour recommendations

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