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Phuket: The secret of (El) Dorado

Phuket: The secret of (El) Dorado

CAST AWAY: Hi once again my fellow ofishinadoes. The Phuket International Sports-fishing Tournament – PIST 2012 – got off with its usual bang from the starter’s firework, although many of the boats on the first day reported fishing was a bit of a damp squib.

By Jimmy Stewart

Wednesday 19 December 2012, 06:17PM

The Captain Hook team, with their PIST winner's trophy.

The Captain Hook team, with their PIST winner's trophy.

It was even said to me by a friend who knows I write for The Phuket News: “It will take a cunning linguist to make this sound exciting.” And initially I was a bit worried.

For the past few weeks following the annual beach “clean-up” the waters around Phuket have had an inordinate amount of flotsam including trees, one of which I managed to hit, plastic galore and flip-flips (flip-flops for the one legged), which most boats blamed for their poor performance.

But as any experienced Big Game fisheroo will tell you, flotsam is good for catching Dorado as they like to assemble around what many would consider rubbish. The RBFC team, after a poor start, took advantage of this knowledge and landed 24 Dorado in two-and-a-half hours. 

Bull Dorado, being the most aggressive, normally are the first to strike but it’s always worth hanging around as Mahi-Mahi or Dolphin Fish, as this world traveler is often called, mostly travel in pairs and the females can be almost suicidal when the male has disappeared – unlike my Missus, who would be off to the insurance people, toot sweet.

On the competition, Thai2On released three Sail Fish and the biggest thing landed was an impressive 15 kg Wahoo, a local prize winner if I ever saw one, not like the miniscule Rainbow Runner brought in by “The Rawai Pla Boyz” on the hope of no one else bringing one in.


Once the boats had adapted to the conditions, catches improved quite dramatically and Peter Pauli and the Captain Hook Team won the biggest overall catch. Well done guys.

The trophies this year were, by far, the most impressive yet and the fishing competition came to a very successful conclusion thanks to Uwe Schittek and his organizational team – and while on the subject of names the ladies from Texas, “The Deadliest Snatch”, also steamed in with a reasonable tally.

Tight lines,

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