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For those of you who follow these reports and our monthly newsletters, I would like to point out that 2011 is the last year we will close in May. The weather patterns have changed and the intense heat we used to suffer in May no longer happens, so from 2012 we will no longer close in May. Gillhams will now be open all year with the only non-fishing day being Christmas day.
January: 329 fish of 20 species…
This month the fishing was very slow; conditions seemed perfect, but the fish had other ideas. No excuses from us; it’s just as disappointing when the lake is off form, as we want everyone to catch lots of fish, but that’s why it’s called ‘fishing’ and not ‘catching’!
The highlight of the month had nothing to do with catching, and more to do with not fishing… Regular visitor and all-round nice guy Kevin Hudson should have been fishing at 7am as usual, but when at 2pm he hadn’t appeared we had to go and investigate. Fearing poor Kevin had died, we looked in his room and heard distant whimpers from the bathroom. Kevin had gone for a shower at 6.30am and locked the connecting door on his way in, so spent five hours locked in the bathroom!
Here is the yearly review for the year 2010 at Gillhams Fishing Resorts. Once again the freshwater fishing in Thailand has been exceptional with many anglers fishing in Krabi and catching fish beyond their wildest dreams! We have broken the IGFA world record for a Mekong catfish again with a 260lb beast, and we know we have at least ten Mekong bigger than this, plus 16 other species in excess of current world records. The number of different fish species now stocked in the lake is 48 species, so we are rapidly approaching the target of 50 species. We also have six different species exceeding 100lb in weight with some others knocking on the door such as the Amazon red tail catfish with known fish to 93lb, so it’s just a matter of time before one of these stunning fish breaks the magic ton. At the foot of this review are the figures for previous years. These figures could give you an indication of which month to choose for your target species.
The 2009 yearly review for Gillhams Fishing Resorts is set out below, with many of the highlights from the best freshwater fishing in Thailand if not the world. What a year 2009 was with many returning clients and two world records, plus the birth of my son Jack Bernard Gillham. What a place Jack is going to grow up in, if he likes fishing that is! With big brother Sean, 27 years older, to take him fishing he sure is going to have an impressive fish list by the time he reaches 16! Plus, having big sister Rebecca, 29 years older, to teach him about life, and I am sure Jack is going to grow into quite a character. At the end of this review you will see 2009 catch figures compared with 2008, these will give you indications of what month to choose for your target species.
What a year 2008 was - it was the first full year Gillhams was open. We first opened the doors to anglers in August 2007, and the very first anglers to fish were my old friends Terry Eustace and Joe Taylor. Terry caught his first ever arapaima here, and to this day it is still my favorite arapaima picture. Many of my friends own and run fisheries, and they all warned me how hard this business is. I did not believe them, but I now know why. Over the course of a year we have met some truly lovely great people, some OK people, and some extremely horrid ones. Luckily the really nice ones by far outnumber the a-------s! Perfect examples are people moaning because they have not had a big arapaima when it was 130lb, or saying theyíve had no big fish today when they have had a couple over 60lb, or that itís a bit slow when they had a 100lb fish in the morning and a 150lb fish in the afternoon! We even had a guy who caught 150lb, 220lb and 340lb arapaima plus a 60lb carp and two red tails of 50lb and 60lb all in a day say it was OK but not what he expected! Christ I would love to fish his local lake. Another one we hear is, ďThe line broke Ė itís crap.Ē No, it broke because they donít know how to play fish, and when trying to stop a 300lb-plus beast at 30 miles an hour, something has to go! The list goes on, but the happy smiling faces as a decent angler catches a big fish far outweighs the idiots! Seeing grown men reduced to tears as they catch the fish of their dreams is what itís all about to us. What a shame the good guys sometimes fail and the prats catch the whackers!