Newsletter June 2016

Catches, entertainment and news from Thailand’s only exclusive syndicated sport-fishing venue.

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 Thailand fishing paradise for the month of June. A big thanks to all the new faces and returning guests who succumbed to the gravitational pull of our 'extreme fishing gem.' It was our pleasure indeed to welcome you all to Jurassic Mountain Resort and Fishing Park.

You may have noticed that the Amazon Redtails here at Jurassic are rapidly gaining weight with specimens of around 70 pounds or so now coming to the net on a regular basis. But these are nothing compared to what this species can grow to. The world record is held by a Brazilian guy named Gilberto Fernandes ( no relation to Jules ) at 123 pounds 7 ounces although 180 pounds and 1.8 metres in length have been recorded. These 70 odd pounders fight like hell and I can only imagine what kind of scrap a redtail of twice that weight would give you. Absolutely awesome I would think.
So it looks like we're going to be in for some major battles when our babies reach their full potential because given a constant food source including our fish care programme which includes keeping an ever watchful eye on water quality control, we at Jurassic Mountain are totally committed in making sure that they do just that.

Right, let's now take a light hearted and a very tongue in cheek look at a selection of some of the anglers who graced Jurassic Mountain for the month of June. As per normal my apologies are extended to those who wanted a mention but didn't get one and to those who got a mention ..... and wished they hadn't. Here goes ....

It was the tail end of May that Jason and Russell, two expats from Pattaya enjoyed what can only be described as a visit of red letter days. Unfortunately the May edition of the newsletter had already been finalised and gone to print which included the details of how Jason had managed to capture an arapaima of well over 200 pounds but not being satisfied with landing that arapaima among a net full of carp and catfish between them that included a double hook up or two, Jason then cracked into the Siamese carp of a lifetime that was well on the way to weighing in at that magical 200 pound mark itself.
Suffice to say we'll no doubt be seeing more of these two lads in the future.

Looks like Russell on the left drew the short straw in lifting the heavy end of this fabulous specimen Siamese carp.

The Jurassic Mountain welcome mat was laid out for Terry Eustace on th last day of May, proprietor of Gold Label Tackle and the Birmingham Angling Centre up in the Midlands.
Speaking to Terry one morning before he set off to his peg for the day, he showed me a rather amusing note that his daughter Jacki had left him after she'd been to his house to do his ironing. He'd asked Jacki to sort out and press his shirts for him to come away to Thailand with but Terry also informed me that it's a well known fact that when he eats, half of it goes in his mouth and the other half seems to find it's way down the front of his shirt.
Terry has a very dry sense of humour and it seems that daughter Jacki takes after him. Here's the note .....

The shirts to your left behind you all have stains on them ranging from similar to a waitresses apron to more stains than on a bedsheet in a brothel.
The shirt to your right hanging on it's own has got one small mark on it, you must have only worn it for half an hour.
The other two shirts are stain free........ probably f--king new!!
All ironed and hung up as instructed,
Jac x

So Terry set off to his peg wearing his fisherman's tunic that I can also confirm had stains all down the front of it that looked suspiciously like soup and we waited to see what this man of angling knowledge would achieve here at Jurassic Mountain. He didn't do too bad at all really as he managed to bank in excess of thirty fish with the biggest carp weighing in at ninety pounds.
So quite a haul for Terry who left here with his reputation untarnished which as you all know, untarnished means immaculate, unblemished and spotless which is more than I can say for his bloody shirts!
Here's Terry the dry humoured, food spilling, angling tycoon from Brum with just one of the many carp that he specifically targeted...and specifically got ! It was a pleasure to have met you Terry and you can put your shirt on it that we'll meet up again in the future. Make sure it's a clean one though mate!

Another angler who banked an arapaima on his very first day was Tim from near Hanover in Germany who fought and landed this cracking specimen after only a couple of hours targeting him. This was Tim's first visit here and it was quite a visit with the amount of fish that he landed..... see you again then mate!

Here's Dutch expat Rob, based in Bangkok who is no stranger to the Thai angling scene having fished all over and far and wide. Rob rates Jurassic Mountain angling as up there with the very best so he obviously knows what he's talking about then. Nice Siamese by the way Rob!

This is Tim's friend Simon also from Germany. Simon enjoyed what is becoming a regular occurrence here, one of those red letter days where he landed seventeen Siamese carp in a single session. Seventeen carp weighing in at over a thousand pounds. Not a bad day's sport eh?

Yorkshireman Trevor who now lives in Cairo of all places arrived with his wife for a six day Jurassic session. His first four casts on his first day produced four fish, two redtails around 35 pounds and two Siamese around the 50..... and then it got even better. By the end of the day he'd amassed a total of 20 fish consisting of 17 carp and 3 redtails and amazingly still found time to take a break from the heat with a well deserved afternoon break in the resorts pool. How's that for a first days sport? Fortunately for Trevor this was no fluke because he carried on in the same vein for the duration of his visit and by the end of day six, his final tally was more than just impressive to say the least because he landed ninety eight fish, yes folks NINETY EIGHT fish in six days, his biggest being a Siamese at over 105 pounds, an Indian carp at 20 pounds plus and an Amazon redtail at 45. Congratulations to Trev for setting a new record here at Jurassic for a six day session. That's Trev in the main newsletter photo showing off his best Siamese carp.
Trevor and his wife enjoyed every minute of their stay here and his parting shot on their departure was that he'd fished the whole world over and from the greeting to the farewells, this place was second to none. Also, because he'd had that much was harder work than going to the gym. Having watched Trevor in action when fighting with a few of those fish, I can see the comparison in that remark........but it beats doing press ups any day of the week don't it Trev?
Another shot of Trevor, this time with his best carp of the seventeen that he landed during his first day here and who went on to land 98 fish during his six day stint. This will make grim reading for a few anglers that struggled during the indifferent spell that we endured a month or so ago but hey, that's the beauty of fishing for you. You just never know if today's your day.......until the sun's gone down.
Robbie is on holiday in Cha-am with his girlfriend and decided to pay us a visit for a days action..... as if he wasn't getting enough already. This fine redtail was just one of the fish that he landed in a thoroughly enjoyable visit for them both.

Our lovely waitress Su on one of her never ending excursions around the lake where she brings the guests food and drinks upon request. This time Su has her hands full with two ice cold Changs for a couple of thirsty anglers.

This is Ben from Hull up in the North East of the UK. Ben enjoyed a couple of days here and not only did he celebrate Hull City's return to the premiership, he also celebrated when catching almost 20 fish including this fine 70 pounder.

Here's Joe from Manchester who came for a day ..... and decided to stay for a month. Good choice Joe.

Dutch angler Bo had no trouble getting his clogs off to get himself wet for this photo.

David soon sorted himself out with the fish that he most sought after.... the amazing arapaima

We had great pleasure in accommodating Mike and Rod from Northamptonshire who were advised to pay us a visit by none other than Martin Bowler, the well known angler and columnist of the Angling Times.

I will quote Rod first who banked seventeen fish in a one day stint by saying, 'I have fished all over the world but that days sport was the best I've ever had.'
I seem to have heard that remark somewhere before. That's some accolade indeed from a well seasoned and well traveled angler and one that is very similar to a lot more that I've been hearing lately from many extremely satisfied anglers who've ventured into Jurassic Mountain.

And so to Mike who is a retired optician and who made a right spectacle of himself when he landed the fish that he so sought after..... The Amazon redtail. To say he was happy would be a gross understatement. Mike was bloody ecstatic when he landed a beauty around the fifty pound mark.
Being an optical expert, I asked Mike what I should do about the spots that I see in front of my eyes.
'Have you seen an optician?' Mike enquired,
'No' I replied. 'just bloody spots.'

Their six day stint at Jurassic proved to be one that will remain long in their memory because by the time it had come for them to say their farewells, they'd banked 66 fish between them with their best being a Siamese carp around 70 pounds, a redtail at 65, an Indian carp at over twenty and an arapaima at 100 pounds plus. Suffice to say these two worldly anglers have vowed to return again next June and we will look forward with pleasure to their arrival once more.
We nicknamed Mike 'Hannibal Smith' from the A team. Dont you just love it when a plan comes together? Looks like Mike certainly did.

Hannibal Smith's sidekick Rod from Northamptonshire gave Jurassic Mountain the ultimate accolade when describing his first day here as the best days fishing of his life. This arapaima on a subsequent day ensured that Rod's opinion of this place got even better.

Its not too often I print two photo's of the same angler but this edition has seen it happen twice. Firstly we had Trevor with his two cracking Siamese and Mike's efforts with the fly rod were well rewarded and worthy of a second photo when this fifty pound redtail took the fly. A great photo of a great fish caught quite desevedly so by a proper angler and an absolute gentleman to boot..

Dr.Mark Everard from the UK is an author of about twenty books with the majority of them on the subject of angling. Mark arrived at Jurassic to sample what we had to offer and if his next book was about this place, it would without doubt be a best seller.

Annette and Glynn from the UK but now residing in Abu Dhabi had a great time at The Mountain with lots of heavyweight redtails, Siamese carp to 70 pounds, Chao Phraya to 90 and an arapaima knocking on the door of the magical 200 pound mark.

Daniel and his pal Paul from Cambridge in the UK arrived for an extended fishing stint and they were well rewarded with Siamese carp such as this one up to the eighty pound mark and throw in the chunky arapaima as well which definitely put the icing on the cake for these two.

A big hello to Gary who literally made his decision at the very last minute to jump on a plane and sample the Jurassic Mountain experience. Gary is from Buckinghamshire quite close to that quaint little concrete metropolis famous for it's concrete cows, endless roundabouts and thousands of miles of cycle paths namely Milton Keynes. Yes, I did say cycle paths but you'll be forgiven if you mistook this to mean psychopaths as not only in my opinion would you have to be completely off your rocker to live there in the first place, there's also the resident lunatic who thought that concrete cows would make the place seem less like a concrete jungle. Where's that strait jacket? Nevertheless, if you haven't yet had the pleasure of visiting Milton Keynes, stick it on your bucket list........ because the feeling of total euphoria you'll get when leaving the place is not to be missed.

Gary's first day was pretty impressive as he landed eleven fish in total being 3 nice redtails and 8 Siamese carp to around the 70 pound mark. Not a bad first day at all for Gary within his Jurassic Mountain experience and he carried on in the same vein for the duration of his stay landing specimen fish on a daily basis. Beats the hell out of driving around those Milton Keynes roundabouts don't it mate?
Property developer dealing in bricks, mortar and concrete is Gary from just outside Milton Keynes. Here he is on his very first day with one of the carp that he landed giving concrete evidence that this place is just getting better and better.
Father and son team Michael and Kevin from Sweden had a fruitful visit with a dozen fish up to the 95 pound mark.

Glenn the ex military man from Bristol who landed redtails and Siamese carp to ninety pounds.

Colin from Hereford enjoyed a day trip to The Mountain from Bangkok with a haul of Siamese carp and redtails.

Richard from Oxford in the UK made a couple of visits to Jurassic Mountain which resulted in triple figure Siamese carp and an arapaima at 175 amongst his bagful of fish. Well worth the visits we presume.

Maureen from Scotland doing her bit for women's lib and showing her husband Gareth that if he can do it ..... so can she ! Unfortunately she was unable to lift the much larger one that she landed later in the day.

It didnt take long for Rob from Telford in Shropshire to snare an arapaima ...... a couple of hours only in fact and was watched with envious eyes by the unfortunates who hooked and lost a couple during the day.

We have many species of birds around Jurassic Mountain including the much loved Weaver bird who builds the most elaborate nests overhanging the lake that sway in the wind like woven pieces of art. Did you know that it's the male weaver bird who does all the donkey work of the nest building? This poor little sod grafts all day long for about a week to build the potential Mrs Weaver the nest of her dreams. He then hangs about by the entrance whistling his little head off hoping that she'll come along and choose his house to live in so that he can get his little leg over in the process. Sounds rather familiar that don't it? Bet she'll want half of it too after she's rinsed the poor little sod

I popped back to the UK during June for twelve days to see my son and to go on the yearly pilgrimage to Royal Ascot. Whilst I was there I was asked the question that I've been asked on numerous occasions, 'Do I miss the UK or ever get bored?'
It's a very easy one for me to answer.......
Not only am I about to live in my beautiful lakeside house that I'm having built at the foot of the mountain set in a seemingly endless summer in a location that I can only describe as akin to paradise, I also get to live with a beautiful young lady who displays all the attributes of a Thai goddess and who gives me nothing more to worry about except to decide whether I should go fishing, go to the beach or simply lay by the pool and basically do sod all. Furthermore, I also get to walk around the fabulous lake with my two best friends Alfie the Shi Tzu and Tiger the cat who follow me around like the devoted friends that they are wrestling with each other as they go and the added benefit of that I get to meet and talk to up to ten new guests and potential new friends every day of the week.
So there you have it and, in answer to that question whether I miss 'Ol Blighty ...... Nah.... Not a chance ! Would you ?

So as June slipped away into Jurassic Mountain history, I now look forward to next month and all the new arrivals and old faces that it will inevitably bring.
I hope this newsletter tempts you to sample the delights that Jurassic Mountain has to offer and hopefully we'll have the pleasure of your company in the future where you will have the opportunity to realise your dreams and maybe just catch the fish of your lifetime. However, in the event that the fishing gods decree that the monster fish that you seek eludes you on the day, at least you'll return home safe in the knowledge that you've just fished at the closest place resembling paradise that you could ever imagine possible.

Very finally, a special mention to England's very own angling legend John Wilson who is set to celebrate his 73rd birthday here in Thailand on the 24th July. Feels like the 'Ol boy's been around forever !

Tight lines all, see you on here next month.