Large haul Mekong Catfish fishing in Bangkok – 05 06 2009

Joe Hatton an expat angler based in Singapore visited the famous Bungsamran Lake in Bangkok.
Fishing from a private bungalow the angler presented sliding float set-ups with super sharp Owner hooks embedded inside the bait ball.

Casting towards the centre of the lake saw the bait ball splashing down right in the centre of a group of showing fish.
Seconds later, line began to stream from the baitrunner reel as a fish powered off with the bait!
Quickly winding the reel the angler was soon in contact with a good sized Mekong which proceeded to charge around the centre of the lake.
Pumping the fish back towards him soon saw a Mekong Catfish of an estimated 24kg’s powering up and down the margins.
After several fraught moments when the fish attempted to cut the angler off on nearby structure the catfish was finally netted by Boy.
The fish was quickly hauled up onto the unhooking mat before a short photo session commenced.

After releasing the fish the angler recast both rods towards the centre of the lake and waited for further action.
Ten minutes later saw Joe once again battling another Catfish. The fish on this occasion was quickly subdued and was found to be a small Striped Catfish of an estimated 10kg’s.

The days angling continued in a similar fashion seeing the UK angler catching a further twelve Mekong Catfish with estimated weights to 25kg’s+.
Joe also caught several more Striped Catfish with weights to a relatively low 12kg’s in his short eight hour day session.


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