Big Game Fishing Tours & Liveaboard Charters in Phuket, Thailand

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Loneliness of a Big Game Fisherman

Splendid isle-ation

Ahoy me hearties,

Once again it’s a foul weather report:- in fact neither my friends nor I remember such an atrocious start to the ”low” season, but while most of the companies were busy returning deposits, PST’s web site advised us that Thai 2 On managed to sneaked out between storms, mid-month, and bagged 7 Sailfish, so the boys with the bills are back. That will make for a few Jolly Jack Tars - Brilliant!!!

This month the organizers of PST (Phuket Sport-fishing Tournament) also announced the dates of the next PST competition which will be the 21st to the 24th November 2018, and assuming they will be offering an “early bird” entry as usual, I will keep you advised.

And for all you lucky, rich, old pirates, at the pinnacle of our celebrated sport, both Thai 2 On and the 60ft sport-fisher Deja Blue have advised me they are now taking bookings for the coming high season. (Mid-February to Mid-April) Thai 2 On will be returning to the Burma Banks for 5 to 8 day trips while Deja Blue with her large fuel capacity and water maker will once again be visiting India’s Andaman Islands, (January to the beginning of May) Both boats can accommodate five, at a push, but like the “day” boats we recommend a maximum of four. These are undoubtedly the two best fishing areas here in the East and the nearest thing you will get to a “guarantee” while Big Game Fishing. Please e-mail me, via the web site, for further information on either of these truly amazing fishing adventures.

This month’s humor relates to a Russian boat owner who took some Ballyhoo on board his boat. (Bait fish, for the uninitiated) He asked his new Thai decky. “Do you know how to tie these?” -  And given an affirmative.  The next morning you will never guess what he had fried for his breakfast. Yum-Yum.

Considering we have had weather warnings, for small boats, more or less continuously for the past couple of months, isn’t it about time we changed our mental attitude? Isn’t it strange how everyone seems to accept the weather as being “it’s just the weather”? With half the world on fire and the other half flooded is it not about time something was done about it before the planet spins completely out of control and demand that the world’s political ostriches, remove their heads from the sand where they have been firmly buried for far too long. While plastic and all the other toxic waste we pump into our oceans should not be ignored, warming is already burning, drowning and burying us by the 1,000’s.

Am I the only voice in the wilderness shouting - ENOUGH! Sometimes I wonder, am I completely alone on this planet? While I have experienced this/that incredible feeling of isolation combined with a sort of happily womb-like security that all “sea” fishermen can relate to, this is definitely not the case when returning to dry land, where every damned thing seems to want to take a bite out of you, one way or another.

No one owns the water. No one owns the lands. No one owns the oceans. No one owns the sands. These are given by our Mother. The planet provides for free. Only by the hands of the greedy does the Earth require a fee.  Anon.

As usual, tight lines all round.

Ramblings of a fisherman

Burma Banks vs. Andaman Islands

Fishing in the Andaman Sea

Hi once again my fisherooing friends,

Between storms, as usual, fishing improved dramatically for those with the sea-legs to go out in 7-8 second swells which mid- month kept the boats in port when they exceeded 2.5 meters.  So what do fishermen do when the sea is too rough to get out, polish their rods? Well in my case I spent time looking at the projections for next high season and as the local fishing stocks are becoming more and more depleted started thinking about the prospects of going further afield.

The Burma Banks as an alternative to the Andaman Islands.

With the easing of Myanmar restrictions some of our boats are now looking into the logistics of fishing “a billfish bonanza” The Burma Banks, so if anyone, out there, knows where to get all the “official” Myanmar paperwork etc. for this proposed venture, any information would be most appreciated.

Situated about half the way to the Andaman Islands this amazing series of underwater mountains covering some 1,500 square kilometers, 180KM north west of the Similan Islands is probably the only place in the Andaman Sea where the commercial trawlers have not raped and pillaged what was once our abundant sea life, as the mountain rise from around 350M to just 15M below the surface effectively prohibiting net “trawling”, not to be confused with our sports “trolling”.

While we are all aware Big Game fishing, at this level, is expensive The Burma Banks should considerably reduce costs of the only other world class, adventure fishing, venue within the range of our boats as they will use less fuel and our clients will not have the expense of flying to India and from there to Port Blair to meet our boats at the Andaman Islands. With this new proposed scheme it is envisaged that next “high” season guests will be taxied to Ranong, on the Thai /Myanmar border to “checked out” and then taken across to Kawthaung to clear Myanmar customs, and from there strait out 100/200KM to the “banks”. As there is no “cover” for safety reasons the boats will only be traveling this distance,” to the middle of nowhere”, between mid- February till mid-April when the weather is more or less guaranteed.  Again, any information on the above would be most appreciated.

This month’s joke. Now that Burma has changed its name to Myanmar, does that mean the Burmese are now to be referred to as Myanmartians?

Club News

The PGFC (Phuket Game Fishing Club) has had to temporarily restrict the opening hours of their club house, The Gaff, due to illness as that exultant Irishman Laurence Walker is now back in the UK under medical supervision. Having talked to him a few days ago he is as optimistic as ever and hopes to be back in Phuket in a couple of months. All the best M8 all your pals are rooting for you.

The R.B.F.C. (Rawai Beach Fishing Club) announced at their AGM that their annual “Classic” (Similan Islands) Fishing Competition will change its normal dates to the 18/19/20th March 2015. The committee, with full approval, decided they wished to avoid Chinese New Year to accommodate all their friends from Singapore and Hong Kong. It was also muted that they expected much better fishing at that time of year. Well for our puddle plonking “executives” anything has to be better than their previous performance Tee Hee. Better luck next year guys, need some tips?  Following the AGM at Jimmy’s Drift Inn we all departed for our “official” club house The Paradise Bar, Rawai as it was Annie’s birthday and a great time was had by all, with no seats available by 7.30 just demonstrating the popularity of this charismatic young  (by my standards) lady. Happy birthday Annie.

Tight lines

Jimmy

PGFC 2014 Andaman Adventure March 22nd to April 18th 2014

The Andaman IslandsPhuket Game Fishing Club in Conjunction with Gottcha Big Game Fishing. Andaman Fishing Adventures and Sea King Divers are pleased to announce the details of our 2014 Andaman Island Adventure & Extreme Fishing Trip.
MV Hooker fishing boat in Phuket ThailandThat sports fishermen may now be offered a trip to the Andaman Islands is an event in itself, because these mysterious islands were long cut off from the world and voluntarily closed to tourists. Some of the islands are still off bounds to protect aboriginal tribes. The Andaman Islands Archipelago, a dependency of India, is nearer to Burma (Myanmar) or Thailand than to India. The Archipelago is made up of 329 islands and islets at the very center of the Bay of Bengal, some 1200 km east of Chennai and 665 km to the west of Phuket. Thanks to an exceptional submarine environment of shoals, underwater canyons and coral reefs, as well as years of isolation and the complete absence of commercial fisheries, the waters around the Andaman Islands offer vast richness, not only in the quantity, but also in the diversity of the fish, to the extent that this region is one of the future world leaders in sport fishing. We have a profound respect for this environment and we practice catch-and-release fishing whenever possible, a principle which as an Official IGFA club our Captains & Crew promote with conviction.
Fishing in the Andaman IslandsPGFC are taking 4 Vessels to the Andaman Islands from Phuket Thailand . The Main Mother Ship is the Dive Vessel MV Phoenix a modern live aboard vessel with all the modern amenities that you would expect. The 2 main Fishing Vessels are MV Queen Marlin & MV Hooker both modern sport fishing vessels with experienced crews and top of the range fishing equipment. Last but not least is MV Ocean Hunter a purpose built all aluminum centre console sport fisher also with top of the range Shimano equipment. We are all looking forward to the Adventure of a lifetime and with Captain Uwe of Hooker who has been to the Andaman’s many times we have the right people on board.
Getting there:
MV Queen Marlin fishing boat Phuket ThailandPort Blair is accessed by air either from Chennai (formerly Madras) or Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in India, the flights reach Port Blair the Capital of the Andaman Islands by noon each day. If you want to there is the option of taking the ship ride across although this is not recommended as it takes over 2 days. The flying time to Port Blair is about 2 hours, in Port Blair you will be met and assisted on arrival.
We recommend Rathman R at www.andamanholidays.com who will arrange flights from India to Port Blair he can be contacted at rathnam@andamanholidays.com Phone +91 3192 239595/234924. Rathman can arrange flights and transfers to our fishing fleet.
At a glance: • Port Blair is the entry point and the Capital of the Andaman group of islands. • Havelock Island is in Ritchie’s Archipelago and lies 22nm or 41km NE of Port Blair the Capital of the Andaman Islands.• The Reefs of Ritchie’s Archipelago are numerous and spread throughout the Archipelago which to its northern most point is not more than 25nm or 46km away from your base at either No. 7 Beach or No. 3 Beach. • The Reefs between the Middle and Little Andaman Islands are also numerous and untouched, these are more easily accessed from Port Blair. Dolphins and Pilot whales make regular appearances off Havelock Island’s No. 7 Beach voted as the best Beach in Asia by The Time Magazine. Fishing Huge Giant Trevally, monster dog tooth tunas, black and blue marlin, large sailfish, big groupers and sharks are all found in one area the Andaman Islands. Best known for explosive surface action with heavy chugging poppers and high octane vertical jigging, the Giant Trevally and Dog-tooth tuna are known to win more battles than the angler as you fish the reef edges and jagged drop offs.
Fishing styles are the highly addictive heavy tackle popping and jigging, trolling, live and dead baiting.
MV Phoenix live-aboard dive boat and mother shipAll Inclusive Costs
MARCH 22nd to APRIL 18th 2014
PGFC have studied the costs involved and have come up with what we think is a very reasonable all inclusive cost for this fishing trip of a lifetime. We have included everything air-con accommodation, full laundry service, wi-fi on mother ship range permitting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner c/w all soft drinks and house beverages spirits beer & wine. We will be providing Western & Thai Food with the emphasis on Fresh Seafood. Each night the vessels will return to the Mother Ship where after a shower and a few cocktails an excellent Dinner will be served so that the Anglers can swop Tall Story’s of the days exploits.
MV Ocean Hunter fishing boat Phuket ThailandCOSTS (Includes Park Fee of $200 p/person)
8 Anglers All Inclusive $800 US p/p per Day
10 Anglers All Inclusive $740 US p/p per Day
12 Anglers All Inclusive $633 US p/p per Day
14 Anglers All Inclusive $557 US p/p per Day
We have decided on a day rate so that you can come for a week or the whole months we will leave that to the Angler.
We would require a 50% Deposit on booking with full payment made on arrival at the Andaman’s.
Due to limited spaces available we have decided that the cut of point will be Nov 15th 2013
If you are interested in joining please contact
Uwe Schittek
+66 81 719 5766
uweschittek@yahoo.com
Neill Campbell Phuket Game Fishing Club
neill.m.campbell@gmail.com

No Fish

Hi again my fellow ofishinadoes.

March was a very poor fishing month, being in the hottest period of the year. Yes me hearties, fishing’s been as tough as trigonometry, with the high water temperature, (31C surface and 29C at 10 meters – normal 28C) and it was also suggested it was the spawning season for the Tuna as we could see them but rarely did they go for lures but this did not deter two members of the P.G.F.C. (Phuket Game Fishing Club). These intrepid anglers decided to go further afield in search of the “big” one and ended up at Bungsamran near Bangkok where they landed a 109 Kilo Giant Mekong Catfish only 8 Kilos short of the world record of 117 Kilos which was caught closer to home at Gillham’s Resort, Krabi.

Our pal Uwe, also looking for some sizeable beasties, took M.V.Hooker to the Andaman Islands and came back sporting a 100 Kilo Dogtooth Tuna among his other trophies, while M.V. Dorado on the same trip had to return on one engine and more than their fair share of electrical problems, hard luck guys, the Andaman Islands, while being the ultimate in fishing for our local boats, are always an extremely tough trip.

I see the Sea Gypsies are under fire again, for using their traps and catching reef and undersize fish thereby reducing the fish stocks. Who dreams up this nonsense? Obviously not someone who has been at sea, surrounded by commercial trawlers. Please- keep up to date with the plight of the Gypsies and their fight to keep their land in Rawai from falling into the hands of developers. They are part of the Island’s culture. Make your thoughts known as many now have “Save the Sea Gypsies”.

And how about yesterday, (Wed 17th) a quick glimpse as a big fish went screaming by my bar in the back of a pick-up WITH A POLICE ESCORT lights flashing, ME MAW – ME MAW. Consumed with curiosity and on further investigation we are led to believe 3 dolphins were washed up at the shore in Nai Harn. Two were released back to sea and the third had been injured on the rocks and apparently that was the poor beastie we saw screaming down Sai Yuan on the way to the Marine Biology Dept. at the Aquarium. Well done police and best of luck Flipper.

Last but not least:- Heard about the guy who put his boat in for repair? He was told the boat would be ready on Wednesday but unfortunately he was called away on business and when he arrived on the Friday, to pick it up, his boat was on the slipway, completely surrounded by wet cement. They had decided to repair the slipway, all but the part his boat was parked on, right in the middle. I have been advised there is a word in Thai for logic.

Tight lines to all.

Jimmy