Fishing in Bangkok for Mekong Catfish – 15 09 2009
Feldt and Jacob from the Netherlands visited Bungsamran Lake in Bangkok for a short day session fishing for Mekong Catfish.
On their arrival the anglers fished from a secluded bungalow in a quiet corner of the lake with sliding bung presentations combined with cage feeders loaded with locally produced groundbait.
Super sharp Owner Gorilla hooks were embedded into the side of the bait balls completing the hooking arrangement.
After casting out into a mass of showing catfish one of the rods ripped off almost immediately on impact with the waters surface.
Feldt quickly wound down into the fish to see a large bow wave moving towards the centre of the lake.
A fifteen minute battle followed which saw the Mekong Catfish making a series of powerful runs towards the other end of the lake.
Several minutes of strenuously pumping the catfish back towards him saw the angler finally bringing the fish to the waiting net where it was scooped up on the first attempt.
After hauling the fish onto the unhooking mat the fish was estimated to weigh 20kg’s before being quickly photographed and put back into the lake.
Jacob was also soon into another fish which fought equally as hard in true Mekong Catfish fashion.
The Mekong Catfish on this occasion was slightly smaller at an estimated weight of 15kg’s.
The short four hour session passed relatively quickly with both anglers catching various Mekong and Striped Catfish to an estimated 20kg’s.
At the end of the days angling the European anglers had amassed a double figure haul consisting of both Striped and Mekong Catfish