Author: Meik Lykkebr
Thai Freshwater Fishing offers guided fishing tours in the rivers of Khao Sok and on Cheow Ian Lake, Thailand. With over ten years experience of organizing fishing trips in this beautiful region of Thailand, we are proud to say that we personally and meticulously tailor our tours for anglers of all levels. The best fly and lure Freshwater fishing in Thailand!
Giant Snakehead Fishing in Cheow Lan Lake Khao Sok
Thai Freshwater Fishing offers top class Giant Snakehead fishing in Cheow lan Lake Thailand! Fighting a Big Giant Snakehead – which has one of the most powerful strikes of any fresh water fish – is the ultimate fishing adventure in Thailand. For a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience we recommend that your trip takes up a minimum of three days.
The Giant Snakehead is a very territorial and aggressive fish, especially when with its young. This fish is known to hide underneath trees and other greenery, which means that just throwing the lure close enough can be a challenge in itself! On these trips you are also likely to catch the hard-fighting Hampala Barb.
Giant Snakehead Fishing is done from long tail boats (with electric engine!), which in some ways can be compared to Pike fishing (with lure), except these fish are much more powerful than the Pike! The Giant Snakehead is a top predator fish. It will take surfac lures, diving lures, popper flies and largs streamers.When we fish in the weedy and snag areas we use top water lures and in the deeper water we use deep diving lures. The Giant Snakehead take the lure hard and will dive to the nearest snag or cover with constant head shaking. Giant snakehead fishing is adrenaline fishing at its best!
If you are up for even more adventures we can take you on a Jungle River Fishing experience as well. You can choose to move higher up the rivers and camp overnight. (sleep in a hamock, camp near the river. Thai Freshwater Fishing is the only company who got experience with camping in the jungle). Fishing in places where few people have been fishing before, or you can return to our camp at the end of the day. Giant Snakehead usually never go up the river this far but you will meet Hampala Barb and the extremely powerful Thai Mahseer.
Fly Fishing for Thai Mahseer in the rivers of Khao Sok
We offer the ultimate guided fly fishing trips for the strong Thai Mahseer and Hampala barb in Khao Soks fantastic rivers. The best Mahseer fishing in Thailand! For an optimum fishing experience we recommend fishing trips of at least three days.
Fly Fishing for Thai Mahseer and Hampala Barb is similar to fishing for trout in New Zealand or English chalk streams: the fish is very shy, but you can often spot them in the clear water (sight fishing). They will take nymphs, streamers and dry flies. The power of these fish is truly amazing: they hit hard and will put you and your gear to the test! Customers often compare the speed of the Thai Mahseer to the famous saltwater Bonefish. The biggest Thai Mahseer we have heard about in these waters was no less than 17 kilograms!
The rainy season (May to October) is the spawning season for the Thai Mahseer and the Hampala Barb. The biggest Thai Mahseer and Hampala Barb come from Cheow Lan Lake to the smaller streams and rivers to go upstream for spawning. The best time to go fly fishing for these fish is at the end of the rainy season.
During the dry season stocks of Thai Mahseer up to 4 kg inhabit the pools we fish in and offer great action. You can choose to move higher up the rivers and camp overnight. (sleep in a hammock, camp near the river. Thai Freshwater Fishing is the only company who got experience with camping in the jungle). Fly fishing in places where few people have been fishing before, or you can return to our camp at the end of the day.
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One of then most fascinating places in Thailand has to be the Khao Sok national park.
Khao Sok is the largest area of virgin forest in Southern Thailand and is the remains of a rainforest which people claim to be older and more diverse than even the Amazon Basin rainforest.
With Surat Thani situated to the east, Phuket to the south and Ranong to the north, Khao Sok can be easily accessed. And there lies the beauty of Khao Sok, tourists head for Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Koh Phuket in the south and Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the north, and very rarely have the time to explore Khao Sok. It is therefore unspoiled and still offers outstanding natural beauty.
Personally, I would get in the car, travel from Bangkok via Ranong, possibly staying there for the night, and then head down Khao Sok. Going by this route you can see the beauty of both western seaboard of the Gulf of Thailand and also the spectacular scenery alongside the Andaman Sea.
On settling into my riverside bungalow for the evening, I would then look forward to the two or three days of visiting the forests, rivers, streams, waterfalls, and magnificent limestone cliffs.
Many of the resort and lodge owners can provide you with complete package tours, including your room, all meals, River Sok adventure trips, guided hiking tours, elephant trekking and even a night safari. And along the way you will see real species diversity as Khao Sok has a vast range of mammals, tropical birds, reptiles and plants.
If you are really lucky you may see the Bua Phut, or Rafflesia Kerrii, flower which grows within the park. The Bua Phut red flowers smell awful, similar to meat that has gone bad, and can grow up to eighty centimeters in diameter, making it one of the largest known flowers in the world. The flower only blooms for about one week, and you can normally see it January to March, and, very occasionally, around July.
Over the last few years there has been a genuine commitment to conserving Khao Sok. For example, the Bua Phut is actually endangered, so nowadays you cannot walk right up to the plants. On the other hand, elevated walkways have been built near to them so you can still view this truly remarkable plant.
And the commitment to conservation does not stop there. You will find many resorts offering educational programs relating to the national park.
A visit to Khao Sok would not be complete without visiting the Chieow Laan Lake which was created in 1982 when the Chieow Laan dam was completed. It is here that that you will find some of the best places to see animals such as gibbons, barking deer and wild boar.
If you have time, you should also plan to stay at one of the floating raft houses on the lake. Just the perfect place to relax and take in the truly magnificent natural surroundings. It is here that you will find the limestone cliffs that are typical of the entire region. The cliffs very much resemble the ones along the Krabi coast and in Phang Nga Bay. At Chieow Laan they really are stunning as they spectacularly rise up out of the lake.
All too soon it is time to head back to Bangkok, this time taking the road east to Surat Thani and then up the western seaboard of the Gulf.
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