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Fish Siam – A Testimonial from Dr. Ian Welch of Anglers Mail, UK.

As an angling journalist I’m fortunate enough to get the opportunity to fish with some great people and in some wonderful places but once in a while something comes along which is positively earth-moving in its magnificence, something which grabs you by the balls and just blows you away – and such was my trip to Thailand in search of a Giant Freshwater Stingray (GFS) with Rick Humphreys and the Fish Siam team.

Arriving in Thailand as a total virgin to south-east Asia was an experience in itself but as well as the fishing I got to see a fair bit of the country as well and despite what you may read in the gutter press Thailand is not all ladyboys and dodgy clubs; it is one of the most beautiful countries on earth and is inhabited by some of the nicest and most genuine people on earth too and the food – oh my oh my - it’s just the total to die for bollocks!

Fishing for creatures as rare and wonderful as GFS can never be guaranteed and I arrived to find the main river in flood and conditions as bad as they can get but the network of contacts and connections established by Rick and his partner in crime, Boy, were such that there was a plan B and a plan C and, if need be, a plan D to ensure I enjoyed some incredible angling even if the GFS were not showing.

As it happened Plan B was staggering and resulted in a day of total arm-aching action topped by a mother of an Arapaima at 150 odd kilos – then, thanks to some wonderful planning, top top guiding and a bit of luck we hit a big stingray as well and the memory of that fish suddenly appearing out of the depths to dwarf the boat we were sitting in is one I shall never forget – awesome is not sufficient enough a word to describe it.

Rick and Boy are the business, they can guide, they can fish, they can party and they will make sure your trip to Thailand surpasses your wildest dreams – I really cannot recommend their operation highly enough.

Dr. Ian Welch
Anglers Mail

As a filmmaker with National Geographic, I'm looking for great stories and in Thailand we got a fish tale almost too good to be true. A giant freshwater stingray giving birth before our eyes! Kudos to Rick and "Boy" and their crew for an amazing catch. I was thoroughly impressed by their professionalism and knowledge. Most of all, I appreciate the love and respect they showed for these incredible animals. I will be back soon to document your capture of the world's largest freshwater fish!

Stefan Lovgren
National Geographic

When Fishsiam first contacted, I had concerns about the concept of fishing being good for conservation. However after swapping a few emails with Rick Humphreys, and checking out their methodology and credentials, was happy to be associated with, and to promote Fishsiam. Their work on Giant Freshwater stingrays has led to a much greater understanding of the species, and they are now working alongside National Geographic to further understanding and knowledge of the species.

Powell Ettinger
Wildlife Extra

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