Fishing in Thailand - Fishsiam Thailand fishing holidays
Welcome to our website. So you are interested in fishing in Thailand? We hope that you will find many things here to excite you and whet your appetite for that fishing trip of a lifetime to Thailand. We are an established company dedicated to freshwater fishing in Thailand for some of the largest freshwater fish on the planet.
When it comes to fishing in Thailand The Fishsiam team has a proven track record of big fish captures and a diverse selection of venues offering various specialist fishing experiences targeting fish of world record proportions. Fishsiam prides itself in being a conservation minded company that has captured some of the largest freshwater fish ever caught on rod and line. We are a jointly owned anglo-thai company specializing in bespoke fishing holidays and expeditions.
The Fishsiam team has pioneered freshwater fishing on some of Thailand’s wildest and most unexplored tidal rivers and highlighted the awesome Giant Freshwater Stingray on a global stage and has featured in various television documentaries including River Monsters Death Ray with Jeremy Wade on Animal Planet and Giant Stingray with Dr.Zeb Hogan on National Geographic channel. Fishsiam Ltd is also currently involved in an ongoing research program endorsed by the Dept of Fisheries in Thailand concerning Giant freshwater stingray.
Join our experienced team of guides as we take you fishing in Thailand for the world’s largest freshwater fish. such as Mekong Catfish, Giant Siamese Carp, Giant Freshwater Stingray, Arapaima Gigas and a whole host of other freshwater species attaining world record size.
Fishing at a stunning variety of destinations ranging from heavily stocked commercial venues, to huge wild windswept reservoirs and vast unexplored tidal rivers all surrounded by some of South East Asia’s most breathtaking scenery and wildlife.
Fish Siam Ltd caters for all of the visiting angler and their families fishing holiday needs and can deal with all accommodation, travel and entertainment requirements making your fishing holiday in Thailand a truly memorable experience.
Fishing in Thailand - News
American adventurer Jeff Corwin catches a monster Giant freshwater stingray
Jeff Corwin American television presenter and conservationist has just finished filming his latest nature documentary Ocean Mysteries for ABC in Thailand at the Maeklong River. Jeff Corwin was guided by the Fishsiam Ltd team whilst working closely alongside the VRMC from Chulalongkorn Univeristy under the direction of Dr.Nantarika Chanuse in a study of Giant freshwater stingrays at the Maeklong River. On a relatively short three day research and conservation trip Jeff Corwin was involved in the recapture and release of a gigantic Giant freshwater stingray which could potentially break the record for the worlds largest freshwater fish.
The Giant freshwater stingray with a length of over 14ft and width of 8ft the Giant freshwater stingray was estimated to weigh between 300-350kg’s. The Giant freshwater stingray was recognised as a recapture from a previous tagging project with Zeb Hogan from National Geographic which had grown significantly in the last six years and has provided a much needed insight into the growth and possible age of the awesome Giant freshwater stingray in Thailand.
Check out the awesome video at Jeff Corwin’s facebook page and tune into Ocean Mysteries on ABC TV
Giant freshwater stingrays in Thailand with National Geographic
In the course of the last seven years Fishsiam has been engaged in some highly adventurous and pioneering fishing on several of Thailand’s wildest and unexplored tidal river systems. In a short seven year period Fishsiam has accounted for over 400 individual captures of Giant freshwater stingrays or (Himantura Chaophraya) with massive weights to an estimated 350kg’s / 770lb.
In 2009 the Fishsiam team was joined by eminent fish biologist Dr. Zeb Hogan from the National Geographic Society on a freshwater stingray fishing expedition to both the Ban Pakong River and Maeklong River in Thailand.
During the course of this ground breaking Thailand Stingray Fishing trip the team captured twenty Giant freshwater stingrays from both rivers topped by what has widely been accredited as the unofficial worlds largest freshwater fish, a Giant freshwater Stingray estimated by scientists to weigh 350kg’s!
The monster stingray caught by Anglers Mail journalist Ian Welch during the filming of Monster Fish had a massive 2.45m wingspan and was tamed after a battle lasting 50 minutes
On inspection by scientists from Chulalongkorn University and Dr Zeb Hogan the massive Giant Freshwater Stingray was identified as being a large female and was found to be in the advanced stages of pregnancy. As if on cue for the camera the freshwater stingray promptly gave birth to fully formed twins.
The Giant Freshwater Stingray as with all other fish caught on the trip was tagged with an acoustic receiver and given a thorough scientific examination. After a short period for recovery the Giant freshwater stingray was carefully released back into the Maeklong River where it swam away strongly with its offspring. This would not be the last time the Fishsiam team would encounter this prehistoric looking Giant Freshwater stingray whilst fishing at the Maeklong River.
Whilst stingray fishing at the Maeklong River in Thailand exactly one month later with Zeb Hogan and a NHK Japan film crew, we hooked the same Giant freshwater stingray while fishing 1 km downstream. On this occasion the Giant Freshwater stingray took almost three and a half hours to land testing the team to their absolute physical limit.
The freshwater stingray was easily identified by its individual identity tag placed on the previous fishing trip to the Maeklong River
Jeremy Wade River Monsters Thailand
Fishsiam also guided for adventure angler Jeremy Wade to film the highly acclaimed River Monsters Death Ray show in Thailand at the Maeklong River.
On the Giant freshwater stingray fishing trip to the Mekong River system in Northern Thailand, Chaophraya River and Maeklong River in Central Thailand, Jeremy Wade caught various Giant freshwater stingrays before hooking into the ultimate Thailand River Monster.
After an epic battle which saw Jeremy Wade pushed to his physical limits the adventure angler and fish biologist finally landed his own Thailand River Monster in the shape of a massive 200kg Giant Freshwater stingray.
On examination by scientists from Chulalongkorn University the Giant freshwater stingray gave birth to live newborns as the River Monsters film crew captured this amazing moment on film.
The full account of Jeremy Wades Giant freshwater stingray fishing trip in Thailand whilst guided by Fishsiam can be seen in series 2 of River Monsters on Discovery channel and ITV4 aptly titled Death Ray and also in his best selling book entitled River Monsters stories of the ones that never got away.
If you would like to follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Wade, Zeb Hogan and Jakub Vagner fishing in Thailand for Giant freshwater stingrays contact us for more information.
Jakub Vagner Big Fish Man Thailand
Jakub Vagner is a Czech born adventure fisherman who has travelled the world in search of monster fish. Jakub Vagner is the host of several highly acclaimed fishing shows most notably ‘Fish Warrior’ and ‘Big Fish Man’ which have aired on Discovery Channel and Quest TV.
Big Fish Man Thailand Stingray show
In 2015 Fishsiam was approached by a TV production company working on a new show for Discovery called Big Fish Man with Jakub Vagner. After several months of planning Big Fish Man Jakub Vagner arrived in Thailand to start his Giant freshwater stingray fishing in Thailand adventure with Fishsiam. The start of the trip saw Jakub embarking on a journey down the Chaophraya River in search of the legendary Giant freshwater stingray. Accompanied by Fishsiam guides the adventure angler navigated his way downstream to the gulf of Thailand before meeting scientists from Chulalongkorn University to assist in Giant freshwater stingray research at the Maeklong River. Jakub Vagner with only limited fishing time at his disposal caught several Giant freshwater stingrays in the first few days of his fishing adventure at the Mae Klong River, unfortunately the stingrays were all relatively small in size with no monsters making an appearance for the cameras.
Jakub continued his search for Giant freshwater stingrays at local fish markets in addition to searching for bait in the muddy flats at the riverside. With only two days left of fishing at the Maeklong River, Jakub finally hooked a much larger specimen.After a protracted battle the Big Fish Man finally brought a large Giant freshwater stingray up from the depths which was quickly netted. On inspection, the Giant freshwater stingray was observed to be a large male and was measured at a width of 1.73m’s making it one of the largest male stingrays that we have ever landed. The Giant freshwater stingray was estimated to weigh 160-170kg and was released after a scientific examination by Dr. Nantarika Chansue and the VRMC team from Chulalongkron University.
Tune into Big Fish Man now showing on Discovery and Quest TV to see the full account of Jakub Vagner fishing in Thailand and the amazing Giant stingray capture with Fishsiam.