Newsletter September 2017

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Welcome once again to the Jurassic Mountain newsletter that gives you all the news, gossip, catch reports and light hearted anglers antics that relates to this exclusive Thailand fishing paradise for the month of September. A big thanks indeed are extended to all the new faces and returning guests who succumbed to the gravitational pull of our ‘extreme fishing gem.’ It was our pleasure to welcome you all to Jurassic Mountain Resort and Fishing Park.

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Dawn breaks at Jurassic Mountain as we entered the month of September.

The above photograph was taken from the now redundant swim number 8 that has become engulfed within a thriving hyacinth bed. Taking this swim out of circulation has certainly benefited the swims either side of it as the anglers cast their baits towards the edge of the hyacinths hoping to tempt one of the predators that now lurk beneath.

Our continuous stocking programme this month saw some arapaima and a handful of specimen size pacu introduced into the lake but just wait until next month to see what brand new species will be joining this month’s additions. We have confirmation that two cracking specimen fish will be delivered in October and believe you me, they are going to be a fabulous addition to Jurassic Mountain.

The month of September continued where August left off with decent catch results pretty much all round and smiles of satisfaction were seen on a regular basis. However, the smile was temporarily wiped off my face this month when I heard the sad news that my son had cancelled his yearly visit to check up on me here at Jurassic due to an illness in the family. Hmm, it look’s like I’ll just have to go over and see him instead. After all, I could do with seeing my UK doctor to get another years supply of drugs which by all accounts help to prolong my wonderful life here at Jurassic Mountain.

During my last visit to my doctor in London, apart from him commenting on how well and totally relaxed I now looked compared to the stressed out insomniac I used to be before I opted for the tranquility of Thailand, he also asked me if there were any other problems he could help me with,

‘Not really Doc’ I said, ‘but thinking about it, there is one small problem I now have that I’ve never encountered before’,
‘And what might that be’? he enquired,
‘Well what it is Doc’ I said rather sheepishly, ‘I go to the toilet every morning regular at 9.30 am on the dot without fail’,
‘So what’s wrong with that?’ said the doc, ‘Sounds perfectly healthy and normal to me’,
‘Bloody normal’? I said, ’I don’t wake up until 10!

September’s weather was pretty much the same as August’s with the odd intermittent rain shower always a welcome relief to cool us down with the temperature consistently up in the thirties. That’s the beauty of this ‘rainy season’ here in Thailand. More often than not, it simply don’t!

About an hour or so south of Jurassic Mountain is the beautiful Dolphin Bay situated in Sam Roi Yot. Without doubt this is a magnificent location that’s got everything ……. except the crazy nightlife. At night, all you can hear apart from a pin drop is the sound of the waves and the rustling of the palm trees in the warm breeze and for all those who like a ‘quieter’ atmosphere when enjoying a beachside cocktail or two, this place is well worth a visit, if you can tear yourself away from Jurassic that is.

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I’m lucky to witness many magnificent sunrises during my Thai travels, just like this one at Dolphin Bay.

If you fancy owning a villa of your own at one of Thailand’s premier fisheries, then your opportunity may well be knocking. A rare opportunity to purchase one of the existing villas on phase 1 has just become available. For full details of specification, price and available fishing rights, please contact enquiries@wordpress-1242400-4445492.cloudwaysapps.com.

The recent addition to our menu of a good old English ploughman’s lunch is turning out to be a firm favourite amongst the hungry hordes of anglers here. Served up with all the trimmings that one would expect to find in a proper ploughman’s, this new addition to our menu will remind those (who want reminding) of good ol’ blighty because it compares with anything you’d expect to find served up in a traditional English country pub. The only thing missing is a good old pint of English bitter but we’re working on it!

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Pork pie, mature cheddar with pickles and all the trimmings is the new lunchtime special.

You may recall in July that Jurassic Mountain entertained one of the UK’s top carp anglers Chris Woodrow who has now taken up residence in Bahrain. Just to refresh your memory, Chris’s ambition was to catch a triple figure Siamese carp but on his previous trip to Thailand fishing, fishing elsewhere, all he had to show for his efforts was a mere forty pounder which had stood as his personal best Siamese carp to date. Jurassic Mountain soon sorted that one out! Chris’s first day here saw his PB smashed to pieces when he banked one at just over the ninety and his ambition was fulfilled on his final day when he landed his coveted triple figure carp and which has since got Chris’s name up in lights in Bahrain’s national newspaper…….!

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Chris Woodrow’s exploits here in July made headlines in Bahrain.

Right, let’s go fishing and take a light hearted look at some of the antics of a selection of anglers who graced Jurassic Mountain for the month of September. My apologies are extended to those who visited us and who didn’t get a mention, it’s nothing personal, there’s just far too many of you for me to keep up with. Here goes…

September 1st saw the long awaited arrival of Claudia Darga who chose to host a trip where nine anglers were to spend seven days fishing at our venue. Obviously to fish at Jurassic Mountain is an attraction in itself but I’ve no doubts that the main reason why this trip was booked out in ten minutes flat was in large part to be in the company of one of Germany’s top female anglers who is followed by almost half the German population. Also, considering the fact that Claudia is one very attractive young lady, I wondered whether this was a contributory factor in her trip selling out like hot cakes? Too bloody right it was I should think! So after everybody had got to know one another over a good few ‘sherberts’ in The Anglers Rest, the fishing started in earnest.

Day one saw Luke Cole from Bristol not only land a fabulous 100kg arapaima but he then followed it up when he captured a triple figure Siamese carp which deservedly awarded him with the coveted title of Jurassic’s angler of the month for September. You’ll see Luke’s arapaima in the main newsletter cover photo and here’s his specimen Siamese that he won’t be forgetting in a hurry …….!

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Luke Cole’s smile says it all.
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Jason from Hampshire on Claudia’s trip captured a fine tambaqui
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Claudia’s fellow German countryman Yannick with a nice Amazon redtail
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Luke Cole with his second arapaima of his trip
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Yannick is in again, this time with a lumpy Chao phraya catfish
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German based Russian Alexey made sure his name was on the score sheet
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Claudia’s trip went from strength to strength when German angler Max landed this one.
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Lars chipped in with a nice alligator gar.
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Christoph got the thumbs up from Claudia with this redtail
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And then the lovely lady herself got in on the act
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Suffice to say, Claudia Darga’s hosted trip was a great success. Roll on next year’s.


The following photo of our dear friend Martin Beesley was taken here on his last trip to Jurassic in May as very sadly we heard news that Martin passed away last month. His presence at Jurassic Mountain will be sorely missed and we express our sincere condolences to Martin’s family. Martin, you were a true gent, thank you for supporting our dream with your loyal patronage over the years.  R.I.P. my friend.

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Martin Beesley on his last and sadly his very last trip to Jurassic Mountain.
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French fishery owner Graham Wall carried on where he left off last time he was here.

Graham Wall is a very regular visitor here and he’s now classed as a Thailand resident because he’s lived up to his name by building four of ‘em around a beautiful Thai house located a few hours north of Jurassic Mountain. Welcome to Thailand Graham!

Graham is the owner of a very well known French Specimen carp fishery Etand des deux pierres. If you fancy a fishing trip to France this winter, this place is up there with the best of ’em and well worth a shot but don’t forget to take those woolly jumpers ‘cos chances are you’ll be freezing your nuts off!

Alternatively, if you fancy a trip to Thailand instead, best dump those jumpers ‘cos the only thing that you’ll need here is sunscreen…. and plenty of ice!

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Mind the jaws! Tube train driver Russell Harvey from north London landed this alligator gar.

Russell arrived at Jurassic Mountain on a ten day break away from his London job of driving tube trains for a living. It wasn’t long before the above alligator gar found it’s way into Russell’s net and he was well pleased when a nice tambaqui also grabbed his bait and steamed off faster than the Heathrow express before being landed for the following photo ….

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Russell agrees that these tambaqui certainly do go off like a train.

You may recall in January’s newsletter that I wrote about Claudia Darga, the very lovely and accomplished female German angler who joined us here in January and who’s probably got a bigger following than what Bayern Munich Football Club itself has. I mentioned that one of her many ambitions was to promote angling sufficiently enough so that females worldwide would join her in taking up the sport. Well, my Neti certainly didn’t need telling twice…….

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Mark Jordan from Didcot in Berkshire hooked into a fish somewhat larger than he would normally expect to find on his local stretch of the Thames.

Many of you will have met Jurassic’s Eddy Mounce because apart from processing all of the bookings, you’re always assured of getting a warm welcome from him too. (When he’s here) Eddy has recently returned from his holiday in the UK where he had the greatest pleasure in taking his daughter Jasmine fishing for her very first time. Must be a bit of a record, first time fishing at two years of age and she makes The Angling Times…

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Proud dad Eddy and Jasmine pose with her PB bream. Looks like a Siamese carp might be next on the list for this young lady.

You may recall in January’s newsletter that I wrote about Claudia Darga, the very lovely and accomplished female German angler who joined us here in January and who’s probably got a bigger following than what Bayern Munich Football Club itself has. I mentioned that one of her many ambitions was to promote angling sufficiently enough so that females worldwide would join her in taking up the sport. Well, she’s certainly making inroads into that goal with exposure like this….

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After Claudia Darga’s very successful trip this month, female anglers everywhere along with Jurassic Mountain received recognition from Germany’s biggest national newspaper, thanks Claudia!

A big thanks to all those who’ve sent in their photos for entry into our best photo of the year competition. Below are three more selected from those sent in so far. Please keep sending your best photos but no more than three please to enquiries@wordpress-1242400-4445492.cloudwaysapps.com and not only will you get your best shots posted on our Jurassic facebook page, it might just be yours that wins the fabulous prize of an all inclusive, all expenses paid holiday in our little piece of paradise over here in Thailand.

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The shadows lengthened and the trees turned to burnished gold with the inexorable descent of the sun as it disappeared behind the surrounding mountains. A fitting scene that brought the curtain down on yet another month here at Jurassic Mountain!


Before I finish this month’s newsletter, I’d like to tell you a quick story about my little jaunt this month to see a pal of mine in Cyprus. Two flights were required from Bangkok to Larnaca which included a nine hour stopover in Bahrain airport. This turned out to be the longest nine hours of my life but at least I could look forward to the return flights which were only going to see a quick one and a half hour stopover in Kiev before flying on to Bangkok so nothing unduly to worry about there…. or so I thought!

My last night in Cyprus was a particularly heavy and a very late one but nonetheless, I was up, packed, ready to go and looking forward to getting back to Jurassic Mountain which, including taxi’s, flights and stopover, I calculated to be at no more than a total of nineteen hours which was rather better than the twenty six hour journey it took me to get there the week previous.

So there I was having just landed in Kiev airport with ninety minutes to kill before I boarded the ten hour flight back to Bangkok so I headed for the bar and proceeded to get stuck into a couple of large gin and tonic’s. Then, just before I was about to enjoy a nice seafood pasta instead of the crap they normally dish up on the flight, I made the fatal decision to take one of the sleeping tablets that my pal assured me would make the ten hour flight to Bangkok seem like ten minutes and so, just to make sure of it, I took two!

It must have been quite disconcerting for the waitress on duty that evening because i don’t suppose it’s every day she see’s someone with their face buried in their pasta and after numerous futile attempts at waking me up, she finally succeeded and I regained consciousness in the realisation that my plane that I should’ve boarded about two hours ago was now most probably somewhere over bloody India. If that wasn’t bad enough, it then got worse.

Having been told that the next available direct flight to Bangkok was in no less than 48 hours time, I was given the only other option of flying SIX hours to Kazakhstan with a THREE hour stopover there and then a further SEVEN hour connecting flight on to Bangkok. It couldn’t get worse could it? Trust me, It did!
This marathon flight option not only cost almost as much as my return flight did in the first place but I was also informed that it wasn’t available until 2pm the following afternoon. This meant I not only enjoyed a nice 21 hour stopover in Kiev airport in a sleeping tablet induced semi coma but the whole door to door journey took no less than FIFTY ONE bloody hours.

I don’t mind admitting that I literally kissed the ground when I eventually staggered through Jurassic Mountain’s gates and just for the record, if I can’t fly direct in the future, trust me, I ain’t going!

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No it’s not me, I’ve got more barnet than that, but I think you’ll get the picture.

Well that’s it for this month readers, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and I’ll look forward to seeing you all on here again next month. Until that time, don’t forget my favourite quote which is that we should endeavour to live each day as if heaven is here on earth. Actually, there’s no ‘IF’ about it……heaven IS here on earth. It’s right here in Thailand and I’ve found it! You’ll find it too (and me) when you venture through the pearly gates of Jurassic Mountain resort and fishing park!

I sincerely hope that this newsletter tempts you to sample the delights that Jurassic Mountain has to offer and that we’ll have the pleasure of your company in the future where you might just realise your dreams and catch the fish of your lifetime. However, in the event that the fishing gods decree that the monster fish lurking in the murky depths eludes you on the day, at least you’ll return home safe in the knowledge that you’ve just fished at what is widely considered to be Thailand’s number one fishing resort and the closest place resembling paradise that you could ever imagine possible. Paradise? Jurassic Mountain exemplifies the very word so why not come and join me and see for yourself. It’s very easy to get here ….. but a damn sight harder to leave!


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