A Christmas Tale 2016

Ahoy me Hearties,

Fishing in Phuket
Fishing in Phuket

As it’s that time of year I thought I would repeat an old yarn about a young Thai serving wench of my acquaintance. A few Christmases ago I was asked. “What are you giving me for Christmas?” To which I replied “You’re a Buddhist. Bet you don’t even know what Christmas is?” To which she replied, “Yes it’s Jesus Christ’s birthday.” “Well done” says I, only to get the reply. “Yea, Santa Clause’s son.”

Sail fish still seem to be out there in abundance, with last month’s competition winner Fish Eagle continuing to come back with “catch” flags flying a plenty. The secret at the moment seems to be, “come back in the dark”, as the Sails seem to want to start feeding just that wee bit later in the day. Oaarr!

True Pirate story

Two crew mates on shore leave, on the crest  of a “big bender” were sitting drinking at a bar on Beach Road, Patong, about 20 meters from Bangla Road, when a Tuk Tuk pulls up and shouts out, touting for business. “How much to Bangla Road” They shouted back. “200 Baht” came back a barked reply. OK let’s go – and off they went. A bit later at other end of Bangla and half way round the traffic system, they say NO! “We want the beach end.” To which the taxi makes a 90 turn into a 180 and ends up just short of the place the little crook started. “Just a bit further,” they asked and stopped exactly where they started. The “pirate” driver’s face was “priceless beyond belied” as the guys paid and went back to finish their drinks, and the other customers, in the bar, burst into laughter having witnessed the whole proceedings.

Apart from the Sailfish, (our 2nd best prize fish) being in abundance, for this time of year fishing has been quite mediocre. Last month I theorized El Nino, “fresh” surface water or even the super moon as possible reasons for these unusual changes in the pattern. So for all you “clever clogs” who “cast nasturtiums” at my powers of observation: – Why’s it still raining half way through December? My latest theory is:- It’s God’s tears of laughter at Americans trying to get their heads around democracy.

Mock me – would ya!  We discovered you lot, before you were even there.

Cheers Guys.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Lang may yer lum reek an yer rods bend.

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