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Phuket Sport: Dolphin dancers delight old salts

Phuket Sport: Dolphin dancers delight old salts

CAST AWAY: Hi once again, my ofishinado friends. What a month May was: firstly, a visit to our local waters by a “super” pod of dolphins, and secondly, the highest tide for years.

By Jimmy Stewart

Friday 14 June 2013, 02:27PM

One of the dolphins in the Phuket 'megapod'. <i>Photo: Dave 'Flob' Roberts/Walkabout Sports Bar, Karon</i>

One of the dolphins in the Phuket 'megapod'. Photo: Dave 'Flob' Roberts/Walkabout Sports Bar, Karon

While out with the boys (I use the term loosely) from The Dilligaf Bar, Rawai, and after catching over a dozen fair-sized tuna, the fishing just stopped.

In the distance we spotted what we thought was a sailfish jumping, so I headed off in chase – only to be confronted by the biggest pod of dolphins that any of us have ever seen, conservatively estimated at more than 500 animals. 

Within a mile’s radius of our boat these beautiful mammals were leaping out of the water, and coming up to play in our bow wave. Fishing was forgotten as we spent the next few hours enjoying a spectacular display of dolphin acrobatics.

While dolphins and whales are quite common in these waters, and not too good for the fishing, this was an exceptional and very memorable experience for all who witnessed it. So eat your heart out, all you landlubbers.

The highest tide for years coincided with a serious weather front, which fortunately was mostly rain and noise and for fisheroos like myself. This was very welcome, as the rain has cooled down the water and a good “stir-up” is always good for fishing when the seas calm down.

All the boats are now reporting a considerable slowdown in charters as the “low” season takes effect, which is a bit sad as we should now be looking for much better results for our fishing efforts as the seasons change and the waters cool.

I’m off now to the AGM of the RBFC (Rawai Beach Fishing Club) which I would imagine, after the office bearers have been elected, will be mostly concerned with the 2014 RBFC Classic Fishing Competition.

You may think February next year is a long way off, but an international event of this size takes a lot of organising.

Personally, it’s my favourite contest of the year, although I hear rumours that the PGFC (Phuket Game Fishing Club) are considering another competition, targeting sailfish, so watch this space.

Tight lines to all.

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