Cha-am Fishing Park

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Re: Cha-am Fishing Park

Post by migrant » Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:27 pm

Nice! :cheers:
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Re: Cha-am Fishing Park

Post by StevePIraq » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:32 pm

I was at Cha Am Fishing Park today, only checking it out for the future. A few people caught and released some whoppers, it looked pretty impressive.
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Re: Cha-am Fishing Park

Post by buksida » Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:47 pm

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Went back for another go yesterday, far fewer people out of the weekend.

They also have bungalows for rent from 500-1000 baht a night and have two lakes to fish from.
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Re: Cha-am Fishing Park

Post by Big Boy » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:04 pm

A friend suggested giving this place a go today. Now, I enjoy Hua Hin Fishing Lodge, but thought it would make a change. I agreed, saying I don't mind roughing it now and again.

I've been here before, but not for a few years. Yes, the catch rate was high (around 10 a hour on a good day), but mainly 2-3Kg catfish).

I returned, and what a pleasant change, They've obviously spent some cash tarting the place up, but boy, the biggest change was the fish - they've grown up. There were 2 guys fishing the East bank, who continued to catch 2-3Kg catfish, There were 4 rods on the South shore and 4 on the North shore, where we were. Fish were caught fairly regularly, and I don't think I saw a fish come out under 4' in length. Personally, I had 11 between 4 and 6' long - I'm knackered now :D .

Yes, I got my hands dirty mixing bait etc, and I had to unhook my own fish, but if you don't mind a bit of rough, I recommend you give this place a try. The transformation in a couple of years is incredible.

Of course the Lodge won't be ignored, but so many large fish can't be ignored either.
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Re: Cha-am Fishing Park

Post by deptrai » Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:51 am

Looks like a blast. I might have to try it this year. Do they have a whole package for rent for some tourist like me? I'm a professional fisherman, but won't have any gear whatsoever. After rod rental do you need to buy all terminal tackle separately? I suppose it wouldn't take up too much space in my luggage to bring my own terminal tackle. What about a landing net and pliers for hook removal? Are the fish required to be released or do some people keep them? Do you have to specify which lake you intend to fish or can you do both/either? I think there are two? Would I have to pay admission for my wife if she was just there spectating?

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Re: Cha-am Fishing Park

Post by Big Boy » Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:12 am

deptrai wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:51 am
Looks like a blast. I might have to try it this year.

Do they have a whole package for rent for some tourist like me? There isn't a full package as such, but most things you need are there.

I'm a professional fisherman, but won't have any gear whatsoever. After rod rental do you need to buy all terminal tackle separately? Rod hire is cheap, and it comes complete with float, hooks, feeder etc I suppose it wouldn't take up too much space in my luggage to bring my own terminal tackle.

What about a landing net and pliers for hook removal? Nets are provided at each swim, although they are very heavy,
and totally inadequate for the lakes larger fish. Long nosed pliers are required. The removal of hooks must be the most traumatic thing for the fish. They can be very hard to remove, and you often see Thais running around trying to borrow pliers because they can't remove the hook.


Are the fish required to be released or do some people keep them? It is strictly catch and release.

Do you have to specify which lake you intend to fish or can you do both/either? There are 2 lakes, but I've only seen the 2nd lake fished once. I'm not sure what fish are in the 2nd lake - it is where the rental bungalows are situatedI think there are two?

Would I have to pay admission for my wife if she was just there spectating? No, you only pay for the rods you use.
e.g. if you stop for lunch, your wife could carry on in your absence.
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Re: Cha-am Fishing Park

Post by deptrai » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:59 am

Thanks, Big Boy. I'm not familiar with the term "swim" in this context. What exactly is meant by "at each swim"? Is it like an assigned location that you must fish from? I've watched some fishing contests on UK TV where each fisherman is placed at a specific location around a pond.

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Re: Cha-am Fishing Park

Post by Big Boy » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:35 pm

Yes, at the park there are a lot of salas. Just choose one (each one has a sunbed, table and chairs). Your swim is the water in front of your sala.
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Re: Cha-am Fishing Park

Post by 404cameljockey » Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:43 am

Big Boy wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:35 pm
Yes, at the park there are a lot of salas. Just choose one (each one has a sunbed, table and chairs). Your swim is the water in front of your sala.
Just endorsing Hua Hin Fishing Lodge (I never tried Cha-Am Fishing Park so I can't comment on that).

Quite a few species including huge predator species in the back lake. Very scary indeed. Easy to catch fish, ghillies will bait your hook if you want, and even cast for you if you're not a fisherman. Give them at least a couple hundred Baht at the end, they work hard and all day. If you catch a big predator they will keep it in a floating net in the water rather than land it, and you wade in the water for your photo op. :)

My son's girlfriend even enjoyed landing some big fish (she and wife sometimes pass the rod to a man for some of the battle).

You can pay for two rods (say one float and one deadbait)and sit between the lakes fishing both if you get there early for the right swim, or just one rod all round the lakes. Plenty of food and drink available and a bar/restaurant to sit in for a break.

Highly recommend.

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