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Phuket: Crocodile catch startles Similan sport fishermen

Phuket: Crocodile catch startles Similan sport fishermen

CAST AWAY: A Happy New Year to all my Ofishianado friends – “and may yer tackle rarely fanckle.”

By Jimmy Stewart

Monday 14 January 2013, 06:57PM

The saltwater crocodile on the line near the Similans FADs.

The saltwater crocodile on the line near the Similans FADs.

When newbies come to Phuket Island and get over their culture shock, they regularly ask: “what’s big game fishing like?” I often answer, “It’s 90 per cent relaxation, eight per cent adrenalin and two per cent sheer terror.”

To prove my point, there is a great video on YouTube with a 600lb Black Marlin jumping on to the boat and creating havoc which is well worth a watch, but our local Beer-a-cudas from the Phuket Game Fishing Club recently had their own scary few minutes of fame, on a trip to the Similan Island FADs (Fish Aggregating Devices.)

In a previous article I recall mentioning the drawing power of red and white Rapalas, and these boys proved I was not kidding when theirs snagged a three-metre long Saltwater Crocodile, which they fought until their Thai crew ran for cover as the monster came up from the depths.

Captain Zow wisely cut the leader as his boat, although superbly equipped, was not set up for unwanted pets or the production of crocodile shoes and handbags. Yeah, strange thing happen at sea! Colin, sorry to hear about your injury, but it could have been worse – Tick-Tock in the Croc.

Neill Campbell, who seems to be getting more than his fair share of mentions lately, after getting over the shock of the croc, landed a 4.8kg Rainbow Runner which must be a record for our waters. Congratulations on your half century, “old man”.

Personally, on the last few days of “day” fishing out of Chalong the catches have been mediocre, as we have been trolling in high water, low tides being the best. That said, we had a young lady out on her first Sports Fishing adventure who caught a 5/6kg King (Spanish) Mackerel. Not bad at all for your first fish, Trisha, it put your Dad to shame.


The Rawai Beach Fishing Club last Sunday of the month’s fishing trip is proving so popular that January’s boat has now become up to six boats, and they are having a “warm up” mini competition to get ready for the big event of the year, Wahoo 2013.

This year’s Wahoo will feature 30-plus boats with international contestants competing for around three million baht worth of prizes. I know of at least one team who are already working on their secret weapons.

This contest always proves to be great fun and if you are all waiting with baited breath for my next article then be advised, it may be a little late, as the Phuket News’ deadline comes a poor second to fishing. Read all about it next month’s Phuket fishing revelations.

Once again, a Happy New Year to all, tight lines and keep the stories and tall tales coming in.



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