On return to Phuket I managed to get in contact with a local guy named Tim who on hearing I was a Fly Fisherman was keen to take me out to a few local spots. The first afternoon we headed to Sawai Lake. A newish fishing spot in Phuket stocked with Red Tail, Sawai, Mekongs, Alligator Gar, Arapaima, and Pacu (Red Belly Pirahna).
On arrival the lake was going absolutely nuts with fish rising all over the place and we thought we were in for a trear. You are limited on back cast by power lines (frightening) and I managed to foul them a few times. Luckily the hook didnt penetrate and thus Im still here today.
Casting onto the rises I managed a Sawai. That said it is believed that there is now a half strain of Mekong/Sawai. This fish would be testament to that based on its appearance. It had almost no whiskers and the eyes were closer to the bottom of the head.
|Biting through the net and coming after us|
|Note the damage to the fins from the Piranha|
The morning of day 6 we headed to a local wild lake to try and take one of the resident Oxeye Tarpon. I lost 3 and time 1. He managed a Snakehead. On previous trips he's had snakehead bite Oxeye in half. Testament to the temperament of this specie.
|Tims son with a good Snakehead|
|5.5kg Red Belly Pirahna|
|One of the millions|