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There’s never any guarantee of a catch

FISHING: Welcome to sweaty April me hearties.

By Jimmy Stewart

Sunday 8 April 2018, 03:30PM

The 72.5kg Chinese Mackerel caught in the 7th annual Phuket Sport-fishing Club comp. Photo: Supplied

The 72.5kg Chinese Mackerel caught in the 7th annual Phuket Sport-fishing Club comp. Photo: Supplied

Now that we are coming up to Songkran and the “cooling off” season, hopefully things will improve as it did about this time last year when I remember sitting at my keyboard, as now, hot, sticky and also being hit over the head by a big lump of writers block. But I soon came out of the doldrums when checking my records from March-April last year which chronicled my 4th Marlin in my 16 years’ experience fishing out of Phuket.

Once again, where these supposedly experienced fishermen get the idea they can arrive here and land a Marlin on a day trip “guaranteed” is well beyond me, you don’t go to a golf course and demand a hole-in-one.

BUT me hearties, historically speaking, this is the time to catch the big ones, for while checking my historical anals, I reported last year that:- “Dorado, Mena 1, Fish Eagle and Mena 1 again all catching a Marlin within a few days of each other”.

And now the Phuket Sport-fishing Club posted this picture of a 72.5 kilogram fish which originally I thought was one of the big Tuna, but now I believe it to be a Chinese Mackerel (Scientific name:- S Sinensis – Seerfish being a term for numerous large Mackerel) caught in their 7th annual “March” competition, so although things might be “slow” in general there are trophy fish out there and this beastie is definitely “up there”, and only a kick in the behind off a world record.

I see Chalong circle is now getting a bit more “free flow” and the pier repairs are moving forwards at a rate of knots. Could this be the “Power of the Press” or something more probable, like the importance of losing considerable amounts of money on a daily basis?

It’s well seen that Phuket’s road system has not got a similar “toll” or earning capacity structure.

So me faltering fisheroos, where are all the fishing reports, as I have heard nothing but “it’s too bloody hot and the fish are going deep or out to the ocean.”

Well me cockleshell heroes, that don’t fill the cooking pot or the column inches!

For those who don’t speak the Thai, I have been assured that there is a Thai word for logic but I am still trying to find evidence of this in practice: Let’s have a water festival when there is a water shortage - logic!

To allow sewage to flow freely into the sea, yet you can’t feed the fish for conservation reasons.

Let’s build the Chalong terminus for the new light railway – where??? Over the underpass.

Although this would not surprise those of us who have stayed any length of time in The Land of Smiles.

Any further contributions delving into the topic of “Thai logic” should be sent to The Comedy Dept. The Phuket News.

As usual, tight lines to all.

Jimmy –



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DeKaaskopp | 09 April 2018 - 14:57:51

I thought this column was for the fishing enthusiasts.Don't know what the waffling about  Songkran or Phuket roads project's got to do with fishing.And speaking about logic:For sport fishers it seems to be logic to whinge about the dwindling amount of big fish,but yet they try to catch even the last of those.And that's not only Thai-logic,as clearly seen on here.

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