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Our Story

Jules with a nice Mekong CatWell, it's been nearly two years since we first hatched our idea to offer a service to anglers by exploring Thailand's freshwater fishing scene. It's amazing how time flies, and how quickly things change. The only thing that hasn't changed in 2007 is our determination to offer you, the travelling angler the best possible service if you come for a fishing holiday in Thailand. And we know we are doing just that! We are the only fully hosted and guided fishing service available in Bangkok, year round 24/7. Our service does not begin or end at getting you on the lake with a fishing rod in hand. We want to offer a complete, unique holiday experience, and take pride in showing guests a side of Bangkok that they would be unlikely to see if travelling independently or on a package staying in a hotel, we are proud to be different.

In 2007 as we approach our first whole year operating so far we have hosted around 25 individuals for a week or more, and the majority have left us, hooked on Thailand's fishing scene, vowing to return, and some are already booked for next year! OK, because we are not a "bums in seats" operation, we cannot yet boast many enormous specimens that have been captured at Thailand's fishing venues simply for the fact we don't currently have enough customers rods in the water, we are confident this will change over time, even so we have managed a few decent fish, including several carp over 50kg, Mekongs over a 100kg and just recently a world record class Arapaima. My own personal bests have sky rocketed as I've fished new venues, learnt new methods, and tried out new guides. At 68kg's I cannot boast a monster Mekong personal best yet, but what I can say is that I have been into several fish that exceeded a 100kg's, and not only at Bungsamran. It's not that rare to hook up with these goliaths on Bungsamran, the challenge is landing them at all, let alone landing them within the rules! That's why ultimately I think it's likely the Mekong Catfish record could be lost soon to another venue, if we can get ourselves organised for record submissions. In addition to the Mekong's I have personally eye witnessed at least 4 carp over 50kg captured on Bungsamran by Asian anglers using the same guides we employ. One of these fish I would put in the 70kg bracket. Also our own clients Paul Alison and Dean Bertie had a tragic "one that got away" experience in April 2007, when losing a Giant Siamese Carp estimated by the guide at 95kg, out of the net before it could be photographed, which resulted in many lessons learnt for us in terms of guiding, I wish I had been on the bungalow too witness that fish.

It's been a roller coaster ride, but looking ahead, all I can see really is more fishing with customers who we hope also become friends as they return year after year and join us in our angling adventures. A big thank you to everyone who has fished with us so far!

Siam Fishing Tours - History.

Jules with a nice Siamese CarpIt was just another steamy Bangkok Night, in 2005 when your hosts, Jules (above), Phil and Damian (left) had an idea whilst propping up a bar. Lets buy a house on a lake and invite our friends fishing!

We had all discovered the joys of life in Thailand many years earlier, but despite Phil and Jules enthusiasm for fishing in the UK, and particularly our childhood fondness of chasing the carp in various lakes in the Darenth Valley, we had never considered taking fishing seriously in Thailand. Perhaps it was the buzz of Bangkok Nightlife, or the spicy food, or a host of other distractions, that kept us from the monster carp and catfish lurking not more than a stones throw away, in the depths of some very unsuspecting looking waters.

Whatever it was, despite numerous visits to Thailand, it was 7 lost fishing years before we discovered the joys of fishing Bungsamran, VS Fishing Park and the many other locations in Thailand that we have now explored, it was a while before we realised that there were some lakes no larger than puddles with 100LB carp and catfish the size of Wales (and whales) swimming around in them! Not to mention 400LB Arapaima! What had we been missing????

What have you been missing? But 2005 was different, we had began a journey that would change our lives forever. For the first time ever I had decided to embark on my annual Asian travels with my fishing rods & tackle, much to the distain of my travelling companions, who felt it was... well , a bit impolite to say the least to be travelling with such troublesome items, whose carrying the beer seemed to be the major concern! But this time I was not going to be swayed from my mission, which was to give some of this Asian fishing we had all read and heard so much about a try.

The (Not So) Mighty Cauvery River

The Cauvery River, IndiaIndia Our travels in fact began in India that year. We had all heard about yet another Carp species, the mighty Mahseer, of India's Northern and Southern Rivers, so after a lazy week or so in Goa, we hopped on an internal flight and headed south-east over the Western Ghats to Bangalore, and after a weekend struggling with the city heat and dirt and struggling to find a curry house, we were thankfully, in a jeep heading out into the wilderness. After a bumpy 4 hour journey, we was sitting on the banks of the Cauvery River, looking into its murky depths for signs of life, but all that glared back was the Crocs! Whilst over our shoulders Panthers lurked in the shadows! Not an ideal family destination! For 5 long days we placed our lines in that river from dawn 'til noon, from 4 'til dark. We managed a measly two Mahseer the first being of about 1LB, and another of 12LB. In fairness a fellow angler did have a 70LBer whilst we was there, even so one large fish amongst 6 anglers in 6 days was not as we had hoped for.

Jules with his hi-tec methods, Kerala; India.

The Kerala BackwatersIndia Our travels in fact began in India that year. We had all heard about yet another Carp species, the mighty Mahseer, of India's Northern and Southern Rivers, so after a lazy week or so in Goa, we hopped on an internal flight and headed south-east over the Western Ghats to Bangalore, and after a weekend struggling with the city heat and dirt and struggling to find a curry house, we were thankfully, in a jeep heading out into the wilderness. After a bumpy 4 hour journey, we was sitting on the banks of the Cauvery River, looking into its murky depths for signs of life, but all that glared back was the Crocs! Whilst over our shoulders Panthers lurked in the shadows! Not an ideal family destination! For 5 long days we placed our lines in that river from dawn 'til noon, from 4 'til dark. We managed a measly two Mahseer the first being of about 1LB, and another of 12LB. In fairness a fellow angler did have a 70LBer whilst we was there, even so one large fish amongst 6 anglers in 6 days was not as we had hoped for.

It wasn't until some weeks later, after I had been reduced to fishing the Kerala Backwaters with a broomstick, the other two having confiscated my fishing rods after our Cauvery experience, and partly as punishment for not consuming enough beer! That we decided to depart to Bangkok. Upon arrival we were straight out for a night on the town, (which is another story!) We made our way to Bungsamran thru the head pounding traffic the following morning, hangovers in tow.




Bungsamran - The broomstick had the correct test curve!

I wished I had used the broomstick!India Our travels in fact began in India that year. We had all heard about yet another Carp species, the mighty Mahseer, of India's Northern and Southern Rivers, so after a lazy week or so in Goa, we hopped on an internal flight and headed south-east over the Western Ghats to Bangalore, and after a weekend struggling with the city heat and dirt and struggling to find a curry house, we were thankfully, in a jeep heading out into the wilderness. After a bumpy 4 hour journey, we was sitting on the banks of the Cauvery River, looking into its murky depths for signs of life, but all that glared back was the Crocs! Whilst over our shoulders Panthers lurked in the shadows! Not an ideal family destination! For 5 long days we placed our lines in that river from dawn 'til noon, from 4 'til dark. We managed a measly two Mahseer the first being of about 1LB, and another of 12LB. In fairness a fellow angler did have a 70LBer whilst we was there, even so one large fish amongst 6 anglers in 6 days was not as we had hoped for.

What a Hangover cure! No, that's not a snag Phil's into, it's the first fish of the day, a 45LB catfish, which was followed by another, then another and another.........this carried on for the rest of the morning, and by lunchtime we hardly had the energy to cast a rod! If we didn't have a 40LB to 60LB Cat in the net, we was getting cracked off on 80LB Braid, by fish that are simply unstoppable! As keen Anglers Phil and I were just lost for words. Perhaps it was a freak days fishing? But when we returned the next day, within 2 minutes of our baits hitting the water the action just started all over again. By the end of the 2nd day myself and Phil had landed in excess of a 1000LB of Catfish to 65LB. We were hooked! Were all the lakes in Thailand like this? And the rest as they say is history!

So what are you waiting for?

So....why not come and join us in the land of smiles as our adventure begins? There are lakes and rivers in abundance throughout Thailand, and everyday we and our guests are discovering new places, some of which have hardly seen a westerners fishing rod, we are catching more and learning more, its only a matter of time before one of us breaks a world record! We know where the record breakers are, we want you to help us catch them. Our story has only just begun, and we want you to be part of it.