Big Game Fishing Tours & Liveaboard Charters in Phuket, Thailand

Tag: Global Warming

February Fishing Report

As the regular consumers of Jimmy’s literary contributions to the Phuket News will appreciate, I believe water is the most essential element of life on earth, for without it we couldn’t go fishing.

Why do I mention this very obvious fact? Well, I’m completely cheesed off explaining to those city people who haven’t woken up to the reality of global warming yet and continue to ask me what kind of fish they can expect on a specific “holiday” date.

Folks, be advised, the world has changed, with all the wildlife including fish, trying to adapt to this man-made cockup, (which daily moves closer to a complete F.U.B. A.R. situation) as their and “our” environment continues to be sabotaged by insanity.

Animals are already avoiding the effects of warming by moving to higher altitudes and migratory species like birds and fish are now altering their traditional patterns of behavior to accommodate these changes that we, in our stupidity, have inflicted upon them.

Himalayan Griffins in Thailand and seagoing crocks and Killer Whales in Phuket waters are just a few of our local examples. Our ignorance is so profound few of us comprehend the scale of this impending disaster as we continue to pollute the atmosphere which in turn heats the oceans by melting the ice which would normally reflect the sun’s rays back into space, but now heats the melt-water by absorbing the sun’s rays along with the carbon in the Co2 emissions. This in turn kills plankton, the base of the ocean’s biggest food chain which affects everything up to and including whales, which are also targeted by our plastic waste not forgetting the nuclear radiation still spreading across the planet from the Japanese tsunami and previous nuclear disasters, all this while we continue the decimation of our planet’s lungs, The Amazon Jungle.

What kind of fishing can we expect on our holidays? From now on - don’t ask me, or someone who is meant to know - Tweet Trump, the man who sees global warming as mankind’s revenge on the iceberg that sunk the Titanic AND believes that you can reduce your carbon footprint by taking bigger steps.

Ask your elected representatives about the environment, as they pass insignificant laws to improve the nation’s health, with a great example coming from here in Phuket, as now you cannot smoke cigarettes on the beach as it’s environmentally unfriendly – yet untreated sewage still flows into Patong Bay killing coral and now to further display the hypocrisy, they propose building two new coal-fired power stations of 800mg and 2,000 megawatts. How many packets of these filthy cigarettes does that equate to, as they continue to give lip service to being environmentally friendly? 

Well at least their coal burning furnaces, in years to come, will make great fall-out shelters for the tornadoes to come and here’s a few other “positive” points to be made for global warming:- “No more weeding the garden / no more plants” - “Our Golfing pals will only need a putter and a sand wedge” -  “Steaks will be medium rare, on the hoof” - “Why pay for tattoos when melanoma's free?” and last but not least, “Nile Encephalitis: will not just be for Egyptians anymore.”

This month’s photo:- Neill, “another Jock”, with a good size King Mac caught mid-month from “M.V. Fish Eagle”. “Mena 1” also reported a Barracuda of 25kg, so although the fishing could only be described as “slow” there are a few big boys about.  The Chalong Fishing Park also advised me that their first Mekong Cat of over 40kgs had just been landed and to celebrate Jez added another 40 to his already well-stocked venue.

Well, that’s everything off my chest for at least a month so please ponder the thought: - “If you don’t stand for something, you fall for anything.”

Tight lines

Post Script..

Not for the first time in its short history Chalong Pier has once again proven that there is something seriously wrong with the administration running this comedy of errors. Even at the best of times chaos rules as the Chinese hoards fight to get on busses around 8am and 5pm, so does this mean these lemming like carpets of humanity will now be clambering over boats in order to reach their overcrowded excursions or is the marine dept. going to build an overpass while the underpass continues to sinks under the waves. Who built, designed and maintains this million Baht a month earner and where did they get their qualifications, Lego?  Would it be the same plonker who is running the now legendary “Chalong Circle Project” and who has decided, in their wisdom, to rub salt in the wounds of all those who regularly use Chalong’s premier tourist facility?  Obviously, once more, someone never heard the expression: - Don't spoil the ship for a ha'pworth of tar.

June Fishing Report

Well me Cockle Shell Heroes,

May and the beginning of June was like dropping  anchor in sunny Glasgow waiting for a break in the clouds which never came, but on the positive side, we are now proud to announce that the “Chalong Fishing Park” lake is now full to capacity and as “Jez” can’t quite yet afford to retire on the money from the new overflow pipe water, he would like to encourages all you local fisher-folks  to come visit, drink, or drop a line, and he will promise to stop his “rain dancing” which was so necessary as the new loch (Scottish for lake) settled down.

This brings me to the Native American I met last week. This cheeky, one eyed, Indian tried to tell me that he was also a pirate and went on to explain, he was half Eye Patchy. Lord, do they get worse?

After being accused a month or so ago of deviating from my remit of writing on the subject of “Fishing in Phuket” and as there’s not much happening at sea I thought this month I would venture into the realms of international politics, Mr Trump in particular.

Shiver me Timbers!

Having watched Trump’s maiden voyage to the Middle East and Europe and his childish refusal to listen to anything related to global climate change, it occurred to me this would be the perfect excuse for me to become a “political pirate” and try to defend Mother Nature against the ravages of this egotistical “Typhoid Mary” of a president who continues to give the rest of the world the “Black Spot” or in modern jargon “The Finger”, which could lead to the end of sea sports as we know them, as the sea floors turn to desert and ocean life, born in these dying nurseries, becomes extinct.

Taking the Andaman Sea as an example, we have to appreciate that this “shallow” sea is more vulnerable than most to the warming effects of climate change, and the coral bleaching around the Similan Islands a few years ago, was an obvious illustration, that global warming is a fact and not fiction which seriously affected our local diving /tourist businesses.

While the Thai authorities restrict visitors from certain marine national parks in a bid to conserve their irreplaceable treasures, more real and irreparable damage will be done to our reefs if America and other short-sighted countries continue to pump CO2 into the atmosphere.

Thailand’s Andaman Sea being tropical, given time could actually be the saviour of the oceans as there are Andaman Corals which can withstand small temperature increases beyond that which can be tolerated elsewhere, but I am even more pessimistic now than ever that science has the time to clone, graft or otherwise export this natural advantage to the rest of the world’s seas before the impending catastrophe where three quarters of the earth’s surface and 50% of our oxygen source  is decimated by a “Put America First” slogan.

Although I appreciate the argument that the world has seen dramatic temperature changes in the past, but Trump does not seem to comprehend these happened over a considerable timescale which allowed the sea-life to change and slowly adapt to present day conditions, but this “man-made” global change is happening at a rate of knots that even Mother Nature just can’t keep pace with.

It has to be appreciated, that ALL ecosystems are single intrinsic units and by killing any part of the system you destroy the entire structure.

To put things into perspective, it has been 3 million years since the CO2 content of the atmosphere was as high as it is right now, making 2015 “globally” the hottest year in recorded history and 2016 surpassing even that with projections for 2017 looking worse as our CO2 emissions continue unabated.

It’s crazy, President Trump on one hand enthusiastically supports and encourages the scientific community when it designs new and more devastating weapons of war, but when it comes to “climate change”, scientists are treated like hostile, political, opposition, who, like all politicians are more than capable of dishonesty and fabrication. However, “everyone” should know:-  Science is incapable of lying, as everything in science has to be proven and repeatable, with all the relevant information available and open to all. To me this only confirms that the American administration has a gaping crater in its logic, about the size of the hole in the ozone.

Until a few years ago any local fisherman could tell you what to fish to expect at any particular time of the year, as up until then fish were predictable, but this is no longer the case, so this, plus looking at the television news, or even just gazing out the window recently, convinces me that Mr Trump has got to get his head out of his stern – ASAP.

As usual, tight lines to all and get out there, while the going is “still” good.