Tag: Fishing Boat Charter
New Thinking on Boat Sharing
Well shipmates that’s another month of OTT weather, but on the few occasions the boats went out reports that the Sailfish were still in abundance and one boat claiming a triple hook-up with 2 released and 1 lost just off the stern. Nice going guys.
As boat owner/operators are continually asked about boat sharing, which in the past most advised against due to certain companies going well above the recommended maximum of 4/5 for serious fishing, a new idea is doing the rounds, which proposes a “non-profit” fishing and boating association dedicated to making Big Game Fishing and boating in general, more accessible and affordable especially to our ex-pat community, their friends and those who are traveling to Phuket alone, or in small groups.
There would be 3 types of associates:-
1. The Visitor / tourist – is free and the association would offer boats at a heavily discounted “boat sharing” price in association with some of our many local ofishinadoes.
2. Ex-pat – is also free although it would require an up-front 2000 Baht refundable, deposit / bond to cover any and all trips.
3. Boat owner /operator – would be a 5% finder’s fee for all trips organized by the association; this would cover set-up fees and incidental expenses.
What the Mena “budget” boats propose to offer probably best describes how the system would work and explains their subsidies toward the association’s goal of reducing everyone’s costs:-
Mena 2 & 3 propose charging 50% of their web site price to the tourist client and guarantee that if even only 1 “one” Ex-pat registers to go, the boat will still leave on the proposed date. They also confirm there would be a maximum of 3 Ex-pats on the boat, (the other 50%) as they believe any more than 4/5 fishing is too many.
Mena 1. Would be the same, except being a more expensive boat, it would be 4 Maximum for ex-pats, again when there is only 1 “one” Ex-pat available the company will subsidize the balance and the boat will still sail.
Other owner /operators would be welcome to participate with their own “specials”, which would be run through a dedicated internet site where participants could be introduced to each other via social media in advance of booking a trip.
Any helpful observations or input to this proposed idea would be greatly appreciated, so please send in your views as we continue to consolidate our thinking.
The Burma Banks has some of the best “bill” fishing on the planet, up there in the top 10 “must visit” for any fisherman.
Thai 2 On intends to work out of Ranong, Thailand in February and March 2017 doing weekly charters in this 400 square mile underwater plateau where trolling and jigging is often unsurpassed.
Leaving Ranong on day 1 and picking up our obligatory Myanmartian J (Burmese) “guide” at Victoria we head to West Rock and the following 5 days are spent trolling and jigging the Banks. Day 7 back to Ranong via West Rock and Victoria to drop off the guide.
So that’s it for this month.
Tight lines to all and condolences to all our Thai friends at this sad time.
February Fishing in Phuket, 2016
Hi once again my fellow fisheroos
And blistering barnacles what a month February was, more wind than a fishing club committee meeting, but that said, between gusts the fishing continued to be the best in years with most of the boats reporting Sails in abundance.
Staying on the subject of boats, I thought this month I would share the sign, which has pride of place in Jimmy’s Drift Inn, Rawai, which reads:-
We offer three kinds of service
GOOD – CHEAP – FAST
YOU CAN PICK ANY TWO.
Good service Cheap won’t be Fast.
Good service Fast won’t be Cheap.
Fast service Cheap won’t be Good.
This sign summarizes the fishing boat business/industry perfectly, as basically there are three types of fishing charter boat here in Phuket.
Firstly there is Good & Cheap, the single engine “day” boat or “budget” boat capable of not much more than ten knots, which has its lines in the water the moment it’s out of National Park (Chalong Bay) waters. These boats are ideal for day trips for armature and enthusiast alike and here in Thailand offer probably the cheapest big game fishing on the planet. Trolling 6 lines these boats compete favourably with anything afloat and make sports fishing, one of the most expensive participant sports, affordable to just about everyone, about half the price to the next step up.
Next is the twin engine “overnight” boat, which are also regularly used for “day” fishing by those who want a bit more space and comfort, but are specifically designed for “overnighting” for 5/6 passengers. These boats would also come under the Good & Cheap category as like the “day” boats they are not fast but having two engines (safety reasons) can take you to places the single engine boats only go in groups for competitions etc. the Similan Islands and Kho Ha / Koh Roc, Hin Dang. These boats are around twice the price of “day boats” but still great value for money and often cheaper than some hotels. These boats are regularly less than half or a third of the price of the “Gin Palace” Hi speed sports boats.
Lastly there are the “Sports Fishers” these boats although trolling the same amount of lines and carrying similar gear are the top end of the business, taking you where you want to go at speeds up to 30 knots or more with all the comforts of home including TV etc. With twin 350 or 500 turbo diesel engines these guys guzzle the juice and are priced accordingly. If you get one of these Cheap it won’t be Good. From a fishing point of view the single engine “budget” boats, in competitions, compete remarkably well at a fraction of the costs, but don’t go looking for steaks, caviar and champers. Really “rich” people tend to carter these boats, but to my mind “you can’t be rich if you have to hurry your fishing”.
This month’s amusing anecdote:-
At the local market I bought a Kilo of good size “bait” squid. I thought the bin was a bit steep at 300 Baht, until I thought “That was 6 Quid for six squid”.
Tight lines all, especially the boys of the PGFC who’s annual competition will be in full swing, around the Similan Islands, as the ink dries on this copy of the Phuket News. One of their generous sponsors.
Hope the wind calms down,
PGFC 2014 Andaman Adventure March 22nd to April 18th 2014
Make a Budget Trip even Cheaper
How to make a “Budget Boat” even cheaper:
For single anglers or couples wishing to share a boat to reduce costs it is recommended that you visit Jimmy’s Drift Inn & Big Game Fishing on Facebook where it is possible to find likeminded fisher-folks wishing to reduce their cost on boat hire:
Just write in the dates you are available, be flexible, and with a bit of luck your off fishing.
Budget Fishing in Phuket Video 1
Eric and Jerry from Singapore on a day trip on Mena 3