The Andaman Sea, Phuket, Thailand
Sandra de Souza
I am one of those
really lucky fishing enthusiasts who got to try big game fishing soon
after learning how to use a basic rod and reel. Gerard and I were on
holiday in Phuket. A convenient extension after an International Rugby
Tens Tournament hosted in Phuket itself. We decided to look for fishing
charters and well it sort of found us. Phuket is famous for their touting
(no offense), in this case it was to our advantage.
The next morning
we were on our way. Not the typical fishing trip as we unplanned it.
Very awkward because all we brought was one day pack. This was unlike
our regular fishing trips where we were usually laden with all sorts
of fishing equipment. Nevertheless we were excited. Foreign land, foreign
sea, foreign fish! A driver met us at our hotel lobby and brought us
to the jetty, at the southern end of the island, near Kata Beach. It
was a beautiful jetty and alongside its berths were a fleet of fishing
boats. It was obvious that the waters were much better than that of
Patong Beach where we stayed.
We went on board
the fishing boat with an English(UK) couple. We introduced ourselves
and shook hands. The thing that inspired them to take the trip in the
first place was a documentary on Marlins and Sailfish, which they had
seen on Discovery. The English girl had never been on a boat.
The boat was quite
impressive; with rod stands all around, a promising fighting chair,
Penn boat rods, which told us that we were there to catch fish bigger
than table mere table size. What was even more impressive were the photographs
plastered on the walls of the inside of the boat. All huge monster Marlins,
Sailfish, Tuna, etc. All the photographs had one thing in common - our
After half an hour
out on the Andaman Sea, water got really choppy. The boatman did mention
that it was not the best of seasons to go out to sea. The English girl
was the first to go and everyone else soon followed. Sea State was bad
enough with waves that looked capable of engulfing the small boat. Thanks
goodness we were on a 40-ft wooden sports-fishing vessel. Then, the
moment we were all waiting for. The reel alarm went off. Gerard was
first on the fighting chair and he got himself a nice tuna. Pretty sizeable
too, at least 3 kilos. It was my first time trolling. Hence, everything
was still very new to me. The boat guy unhooked the fish then threw
the line back at sea. He used squid skirts as bait. Around 4 long shank
hooker skirts were attached to the leader line.
After 20 minutes
the alarm rang again and this time I sat in the chair. The boatman reversed
throttled and the boat stopped moving. Gerard helped me strike it and
I fought my first sea creature. I'll never forget that moment. It was
heavy and I knew I was in for something big. I pumped and reeled it
in slowly and once the fish was close enough the boatmen brought them
in - all three of them - two tunas and one dorado. And so the fishing/
trolling continued. We caught nine tails in total.
the rough Sea State took the energy out of us and we ended the day early.
Returning back alongside the jetty at around 5 o'clock. Nevertheless,
the Thai waters (Andaman Sea) were beautiful in all it had to offer.
That night, it was a feast for two. Ever tasted Tomyam Dorado?