Fishing in Thailand - Fishsiam Thailand fishing holidays
Welcome to our website all about fishing in Thailand and fishing holidays in Thailand, our experiences and the experiences of our clients and friends. So you are interested in fishing in Thailand? Or maybe a fishing holiday in Thailand that you will remember for ever? We hope that you will find many things here to excite you and whet your appetite for that fishing trip of a lifetime or that fishing holiday in 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 in Thailand and wild adventure holidays and expeditions. We have the best fishing guides in Thailand.
The Fishsiam team has pioneered freshwater fishing in Thailand on some of the wildest and most unexplored tidal rivers (Maeklong and Bang Pakong) and highlighted the awesome Giant Freshwater Stingray on a global stage. We have 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. Wild fishing at its wildest.
Fishsiam 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.
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American adventurer Jeff Corwin catches a monster Giant freshwater stingray
The well known American television presenter and conservationist Jeff Corwin has just completed filming of his latest nature documentary, ‘Ocean Mysteries‘ for ABC fishing in Thailand based on the Maeklong River. Jeff Corwin was guided by the Fishsiam Ltd team whilst he was working closely alongside the VRMC from Chulalongkorn University under the direction of Dr.Nantarika Chanuse. They were studying the 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 world’s largest freshwater fish.
The Giant freshwater stingray had a length of over 14ft and width of 8ft. The Giant freshwater stingray was estimated to weigh between 300-350kg’s. This 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 enormous Giant freshwater stingray in Thailand.
Check out the awesome video of Jeff fishing in Thailand at Jeff Corwin’s facebook page and tune into Ocean Mysteries on ABC TV
Giant freshwater stingray Fishing in Thailand with National Geographic
Over the last seven years Fishsiam has been engaged in some highly pioneering and adventurous fishing in Thailand. We have explored several of the countries wildest and previously unexplored tidal river systems. As a result of this exploration over this seven year period Fishsiam and our clients, guided by our team, have accounted for over 400 individual Giant freshwater stingrays or (Himantura Chaophraya) with massive weights up to an estimated 350kg’s / 770lb.
In 2009 the eminent fish biologist Dr. Zeb Hogan from the National Geographic Society embarked on a freshwater stingray fishing expedition to both the Ban Pakong River and Maeklong River in Thailand guided by the Fishsiam team. During the course of this ground breaking Thailand Stingray Fishing trip, Zeb Hogan and the fishsiam team captured twenty Giant freshwater stingrays from both the Maeklong and Bang Pakong rivers topped by what has widely believed to be the unofficial world largest freshwater fish, a Giant freshwater Stingray estimated by scientists to weigh 350kg’s!
This true monster stingray was caught by Anglers Mail journalist Ian Welch during the filming of Monster Fish and had a massive 2.45m wingspan and was landed after a battle lasting 50 minutes. Upon inspection by scientists from Chulalongkorn University and Dr Zeb Hogan, the massive Giant Freshwater Stingray was clearly 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.
All of the Giant Freshwater Stingray that were caught on the trip were tagged with an acoustic receiver and given a thorough scientific examination. In this case, 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 or alien monster Giant Freshwater stingray whilst fishing at the Maeklong River.
Exactly one month later, whilst stingray fishing in Thailand at the Maeklong River with Zeb Hogan and a NHK Japan film crew, the guides from the Fishsiam team helped Zeb Hogan to hook the same Giant freshwater stingray while fishing 1 km downstream of its previous place of capture. 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 Fishing in Thailand with Fishsiam
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 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 in Thailand 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.
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Fishing Holidays in Thailand? Here are a few Testimonials
As a filmmaker with National Geographic, I’m looking for great storiesand 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!
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
I’ve found there’s one thing for sure when I’m angling abroad, it’s all about time and money. Having enough of one and Carp fishing Thailand not enough of the other will usually determine if I choose to hire a guide. These days time is the big one, it’s running out. I’ve got a long bucket list to get through so I don’t want to waste any time, especially if I have a plane to catch in a few days. I always remind myself ‘You can’t come back here next week’ so I do tend to spoil myself a bit on these trips.
Choosing to hire a guide when time is limited is the first step towards a successful trip as there is no truer saying than the one about local knowledge paying off. I don’t care how good an angler you are, if you are on a couple of weeks holiday to Thailand, money spent hiring a top quality guide service will be the best money you can spend.
My trip to Bangkok with FishSiam.com provided me with some of the best fun fishing I’ve had in years, catching some absolutely monster fish from one venue and coaxing some very unusual species on a flyrod from another. I also learned a lot and made some new friends.
Mekong Catfish fishing ThailandI’ve fished in dozens of countries all over the world and had some great trips with some good guides. If I had to choose the ‘best’ though it would be a very tough call. I don’t think I could really do it. The closest I could manage would be to name my best five fishing experiences, and the Bangkok/FishSiam trip would definitely be right up there with the very best of them.
Yes, the sheer number and quality of both the fish and the fishing were major factors, but the company and tuition of such an expert guide as Boy is pretty hard to equal. There are not many people on this planet who can show me many new fishing tricks but Boy managed it with ease. He’s also great company and a wonderful colourful character. They handled absolutely everything, not just the fishing but also hotel rooms, taxis, food, drinks, photography, CD of the trip, the lot! Indispensible and very professional help.
So there you have it. A whole-hearted and unquestionable thumbs-up for FishSiam.com – a really professional outfit who will make your trip unforgettable and leave your arm aching from the fish you’ll catch! Go for it!
I first contacted FishSiam in 2010 regarding a fishing trip for my father’s 60th after seeing Rick and Boy on National Geographic catching fresh water sting rays. Having interest in tropical fish and being a keen fisherman with my father whilst I was in the UK, it was a shared dream to catch a large Red Tail Catfish. As such, after making arrangements with FishSiam, I flew in from Hong Kong, and my father flew in from the UK and we visited both Bungsamran and IT Monsters for a three-day tour. It was absolutely fantastic, catching Red Tails, Mekong catfish, Pacu, Tambaqui and an Ariapima. It was exhausting fishing but great to see the team caring for the fish and ensuring their well-being. Seeing the baby Ariapima in the hatchery tanks at IT Monsters was also a fantastic.
I have since been back with FishSiam for a corporate team building fishing event for 16 colleagues and suppliers, as well as a further day at IT Monster. Three separate trips, three fantastic fishing experiences!
In the past i have been fishing through rivers and lakes in Norway, europe and in the US. Having said that, i would Arapaima fishing Thailand definitely rank fishing in thailand as one of the best spots in the world. The variety of species and big predator fishes makes this a” fishing heaven” for everyone who enjoys fishing.
I am thoroughly impressed by Rick and his staff. The guides at Fishsiam are very including people who have teached me different fishing technique for have to catch this predatory species. All the guides i have meet at fishsiam speak very good English keep me and my friends in good company during hard and thrilling fights with this animals.
Having used fishsiam over 10 times in the past, i can honestly say that i have never had any problems. Every thing have ran smoothly and these guys are very professional and their knowledge is very impressive.
Fantastic! Thats the only way I can describe my recent visit to Thailand and fishing with Fishsiam. I was picked up from the airport and from arrival to departure I was expertly transported the country fishing all the places I wanted to fish.
The orginisation was flawless. Everything ran smoothly and there was always someone on hand if I needed any assistance. I came over wanted to fish for a variety of species and thats exactly what I caught, along with some very large fish, including Mekong Catfish to 50kgs and Giant Snakehead over 8kg’s.
If you are wanting a brilliant fishing holiday hauling out mega specimens with great, knowledgeable fishing guides and no hastle, go to Fishsiam you will not be dissapointed.