Come and catch Gold here at Exotic Fishing Thailand

Come and catch Gold here at Exotic Fishing Thailand
Come and catch Gold here at Exotic Fishing Thailand

Monday, June 22, 2020


The COVID 19 lockdown on Thailand and especially Phuket is finally over and we are very excited to welcome everyone back to our beautiful resort here at Exotic Fishing Thailand. The Thai Government has done a great job in eliminating the virus making Thailand a preferred Covid free destination. We are now open for business and the lake is on fire with many fish gracing the net each day.We look forward to seeing all our wonderful customers again once travel is permitted for each country as they deal with their own Covid issues. Fishing in the past has mostly been by reservation but will now be 100% by reservation ONLY . This way we can try to spread out the number of guests per day to help wish social distancing where possible. Less anglers per day also improves the fishing :).

Since our last customers returned to the UK in early March the lake has not been fished so there will be some very lucky anglers in the next few months catching more than their regular share of specimens I'm sure.With no customers arriving from overseas right now we have some great specials for expats living here. You will never find a cheaper time to fish here so call me today and book a short visit before its too late:).

There has been a lot happening since our last newsletter with the most exciting news in my opinion being the addition of our 20m x 10m swimming pool and swim up bar. We have an attached aquarium which will be open very soon so stay tuned for photos of that . Even I cant wait to swim with the Arapaima.

We have also added several different room options to bring our total number of rooms to 17 including the new adjoining rooms in this photo . These are more of our Mountain view rooms but unlike our past room options they are connected with dividing door so perfect for families. One room has a king bed while the other room has 2 singles. Additional fold out beds are available for larger families. We are also proud to say that these rooms are disability friendly rooms. Disabled customers now have wheelchair access throughout the resort :).Check out this short VIDEO TOUR of the rooms:).

We also have our Mountain side rooms which are also adjoining and ideal for families . These rooms are steps from the swimming pool and the king bed rooms feature outdoor jacuzzis.

Check out this VIDEO TOUR of the mountainside rooms .

I know that most people read our newsletter for the fish photos so here is a small sample of the incredible number of amazing fish which were caught just prior to shut down. This fish is a stunning Arapaima caught by Brendan.

Here is Brendon number 2 with a Wallagoo Leeri which is one of the most aggressive species to swim in our lake . They are mostly caught on dead fish or Chicken hearts

The Brendan twosome joined us with their good friend Martin who organised the trip . Martin landed some awesome species . Including Siamese Carp, Arapaima , Chao Phraya Catfish, Mekong Catfish and more . I would estimate that between the 3 of them they easily caught over 100 fish ..

Its always nice to welcome back our return customers . I somehow didn't post photos of our good friend Lee on a prior visit when he caught an unbelievable 13 Arapaima in 1 week. Here he is with yet another fantastic catch this huge Salween Rita catfish. This is one of 8 species we have which are over 100lbs

Another species stocked to over 100lbs is the Alligator gar. These fish usually fall victim to a dead Java Barb ledgered on the bottom.

We would also like to thank all new customers for giving us the opportunity to show them our resort. Adam from the Uk was so happy to be here that when he left to go to Phuket he turned right around and came back the same day for another week.

We pride ourselves on the large selection of different species which are caught on a regular basis. Some huge Ripsaw cats have been gracing the net recently.

Giant Stingray are always a fan favourite. They are caught every month and can be a real back breaker :(.

Another new customer Bill from the UK visited us for 2 weeks and we literally lost count of how many fish he caught including this Stingray which was caught on the Carp bait/Lum ball. The small baitfish which thrive in our lake gather around the bait ball and the stingray and other predators often take advantage of an easy meal. Like a lot of customers who join us for the first time Bill was so impressed with our venue that he has already booked to return and we look forward to welcome hime back very soon.

Another back breaker here as anyone that's fought one knows is our Mekong Catfish. They nearly always come out on the float rod. I strongly suggest lots of bait balls if you want to target them. We have lots of Mekongs over 150Kgs which rarely get caught but when you do hook one you won't forget it.

There are lots more fish photos on our facebook pages which we update almost daily. If you haven't had time to join our Exotic Fishing Thailand community group make sure to join soon as this group will be our main interactive page and will go private at some point. Check it our HERE if you would like to join :).

We have are working towards having a live broadcast/fishing show each month. We did try our luck recently but need to refine our technology and give it another go soon so stay tuned for more live catches. Here is a PREVIEW of the last effort ...

If you haven't visited us recently you should know that we now have our own Exotic Baits line of Boilies, Dips and pop ups. These are proving very effective for a lot of different species and will only get better as the fish turn on to the different flavours. We no longer use the large 25mm sinking pellets as they are no longer available in Thailand. The smaller sinking pellets dissolve too quickly in our opinion so boilies are definitely the best bet and best for our water quality.

Due to Covid 19 we unfortunately had to cancel this years Individual and Team Open events and reschedule them for next year

Our 2021 events are filling up quickly so if you are interested please contact us as soon as possible to reserve a place. These events have been very successful and most importantly a lot of fun for all that have entered. Here is a VIDEO made by one of our customers the last tournament.

Our 2022 events season has 4 events booked already and we now have customer packages available if you would like to host an event of your own. Contact me directly for details. If you cant get a full field of 12 people or 12 teams together let me know as there maybe other groups in the same position and we can combine the 2 groups for one large event.

For the non anglers visiting or adventurous types who want to enjoy other local attractions there is lots to do in the area. Most activities are within 40 minutes of our resort including temple tours, view points , Elephant sanctuaries ,Jungle hiking, JamesBond island and a local cave tour to name just a few

Our local taxi is happy to take you where you need to go and is quite inexpensive . Thanks to Adam Caines and his mom for the activity photos :)

We are very careful to only recommend activities which treat animals with the respect and care they deserve.

We would like to thank all our staff for their cooperation during these difficult times.

With some financial assistance to our staff from the government during Covid we have been able to maintain our friendly team who are ready to welcome you back soon .

The staff who have worked during the shut down were busy fixing up a level difference in our restaurant and installing non slip tiles.

We are also finishing up our new kitchen so we will have a lot more room for our cooking classes which are always a big hit with our non fishing guests.

Michelle and Boom also say hello and have been busy in the garden when Michelle was not doing her online classes . Unfortunately due to lock down customers have missed out on mangoes grown onsite but there are always some delicious ones available from the local market :).

LAST BUT NOT LEAST ...Perhaps the most exciting thing happening at Exotic Fishing Thailand right now is our limited time offer " THE. GIFT OF FISHING IN THAILAND PROMOTION'. These special offers give everyone the opportunity to book a new future fishing trip now with up to a 30% discount simply by following this LINK

For further explanation I have attached a short video with a full explanation. If you still have further questions how to take advantage of the different discounts offer please email me at and I will get back to you right away as this is a limited time offer which is selling fast ...

I usually end each newsletter promising to do another newsletter soon ;). I will try my best , but in the meantime stay tuned to our social media as we have frequent updates with lots of fish photos, videos and event info..The best way to reach us to make an inquiry or booking is by email ;- . Make sure to ask about our special prices for July 2020.

Sunday, March 31, 2019


A lot of people have been asking why we don't do our regular blog/catch reports any more. The main reason is that our focus has been more on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts as people seem to "like" and move on rather than read a lengthy catch report which takes a lot of preparation.

With so much exciting news happening recently I thought it would be a great opportunity to bring all our valued customers up to speed on what's new.

We ended 2018 with an exciting opportunity as we signed a one year contract with PAUL POOLE (SOUTH EAST ASIA)CO LTD as our Marketing Consultant Agent for 2019. PP(SEA)CL has had an immediate impact on our plans for 2019 both in planning exciting events and signing on sponsors for the resort and events.

We are very proud of our first benefit from this working relationship which is the endorsement of our venue by the Sports Authority of Thailand. As far as we know we are the first Fishing resort in Thailand to receive such an endorsement.

Our exciting new events calendar for 2019 is growing rapidly with the first 2 upcoming events being the Exotic Fishing Thailand individual Open2019 and the Exotic Fishing Thailand team Challenge 2019.The total prize value for the 2 events combined is over 1 million Thai baht .

Most info is available on the above flyers BUT for a full entry package please contact us by email at and we will email a full information out to you right away. There are huge prizes for the top competitors and nobody goes home empty handed which combined with the low entry fee makes this a great opportunity to fish our venue. With free breakfast, free BBQ and free tournament shirts for all contestants this is an event you don't want to miss. The events will be filmed as part of a 30 minute fishing feature to be shown on one of the TrueVision sports channels here in Thailand .

!!!!!!!! ONE AMAZING WEEK FOR LESS THAN 1000 GBP !!!!!!!

For anyone wanting to fish both events and stay with us from June 30th 2019 to July6th 2019 we have an amazing price of 40,000baht for 7 days fishing and 7 nights accommodation. This includes entry fee to both single and team events. [NOTE!!! The team event entry would be for a one person team. This price also includes the customer using their lowest level free fishing prizes from both events which would be subtracted from a better prize if they were to finish in the top10].

The third event "The One Million Baht Exotic Fishing Thailand Challenge" is a tagged fish event which runs for 3 months starting August 1st through to October 31st. The tagged fish format will include a total of 50 new fish tagged with different coloured coded tags to be stocked over the 3 month period. There will be 20 fish released August 1st, 15 fish September 1st and 15 fish October 1st. Anyone wanting to enter the event will pay an additional fee on top of their daily ticket for each day they want to participate. The stocked fish will all be catchable species and a score board showing all tag numbers will be updated live on facebook as the tagged fish are caught and prizes awarded over the 3 month period.. Final detailed information for this first of its kind in Asia event will be available in the next week.

Don't forget that our incredibly low priced low season specials are still available for most dates from June 1st 2019 to end of October 2019 with 7days fishing and accommodation for the price of 5 days[48,000 baht] and 10 days for the price of 7days [68,000baht]. These specials can be used in conjunction with our tagged fish event August 1st 2019 to end of October 31st 2019 where you can win 3 prizes of 2 weeks free fishing and 12 prizes of 7days free fishing along with 35 other exciting prizes.

!!!!!!!!BIG NEWS ABOUT BAIT !!!!!!

Due to supply issues we no longer use the standard fishmeal based pellet previously used by a lot of resorts in Thailand. We have now developed our own boilies as part of our line of "Exotic Baits". These are an all natural boilie available in 3 flavours . The fish meal based boilie "Wicked Tuna "the "Fruit and Nut Cake" Boilie and the appropriately named "Bananorama"flavour. These new baits are an excellent source of protein and nutrients for our fish and will only help in maintaining the excellent growth rates we have experienced so far with all of our species. They also last a lot longer than the previously used pellets as they don't break down quickly and are not as easily eaten by the smaller baitfish .

The Siamese carp are now feeding on the Exotic Baits boilies but can still be caught on the Lum/ Rice Powder/ poly ball method .

The Juliens Golden Carp and Black Shark Carp have been feeding heavily on the fruit and nut flavour.

The Albino Pacu, Tambaqui, Giant Gourami and Ripsaw Catfish love the Bananorama

As always we have some extraordinary catches coming out each week. This Salween Rita catfish is now our 8th species over 100lbs. We are always on the lookout for what number 9 will be :) ..

Another incredible recent catch was this huge Freshwater Stingray which has been hooked many times but never landed.

Our Mekong catfish get hooked up regularly but are not easy to land. They can be a real back breaker but have also been landed by anglers as young as 14 years old..

When a Mekong does grace the net it is always well over 80kg. I constantly find myself explaining to customers that we are not a runs water and have never stocked small Mekong to increase catch rates as they can be easily caught in cheaper smaller fisheries. We have a large lake which is the perfect environment for these huge fish to feed naturally with lots of space to play them when you do hook one without having every other angler have to remove their lines .

Anglers pay more to fish with us as they know we have stunning specimens in huge sizes and can enjoy stunning scenery while waiting for a monster hook up. The beauty of the sport of fishing is that it can be enjoyed on many different levels and the great thing about Thailands large selection of fisheries is that there is something out there for everyone.

Our beautiful Arapaima are some of the most sought after in Thailand with fish over 100kg coming out regularly.

One of the youngest anglers we have had catch a monster Ari lately was this 14year old girl from Russia who visits with her mother every year.I guess she will be after a Giant Stingray next year :).

We are fortunate to have some immaculate fish but it does take a lot of hard work and care to make sure they stay that way . We do appreciate all customers who respect our rules and our fish care policies. It is not easy for our guides to enforce our rules as only yesterday our head guide Poe had to physically block a customer from lifting a large Chao Phraya Catfish onto the concrete.

We continue to stock the lake which is costly at times but imperative to keep the catch rates where we feel they need to be . Our main focus is on stocking Siamese carp and weird and wonderful species as they come available .

We have a HUGE announcement coming regarding the long awaited SWIMMING POOL:)so stay tuned to our facebook page and other social media for the next few weeks .This will also include timing for the addition of 2 more luxury bungalows the same as what we have now .

Another new addition will be 8 of our new apartment style rooms which will be cheaper than our luxury accommodation. These rooms will help customers wanting to fish with us but on a slightly lower budget. The savings on a one week trip would be approximately 200 GBP.

If you are interested in a better view of our resort why not check out our corporate video at ;-

Or simply scan this code with your iPhone camera to take you to the video

Thank you for reading our newsletter. If you have any questions regarding our venue or pricing for a future trip please feel free to email us any time at .

sincerely Mike Bailey