Newsletter October 2016

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

Before we embark on this months edition of our newsletter, all at Jurassic Mountain would first like to offer our sincere condolences to the nation of Thailand who very sadly lost their much loved and revered King during the month of November. King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the world's longest serving monarch and he will be very sadly missed by the millions of his subjects here in Thailand.


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 October. 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.

October. Not a month I particularly looked forward to in the UK as it normally heralded the beginnings of winter along with the cold dark nights and mornings that would eventually come with it. Not so in Thailand I'm pleased to say as this is the month where we invariably say goodbye to the rainy season (if you can call it that) and we say hello to the oncoming holiday season with all the beautiful weather that's guaranteed to come with it.

Also, this year in October, we celebrate the 210th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in which that Great National Hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, took on, and beat our long-term adversaries, the French and their Spanish allies. As I for one had been completely disillusioned and fed up with the Health and safety and human rights issues that now plague our society in the UK, what would have been the case if the battle had taken place in October 2016?

Picture the scene:...

October 21st 2016 - Upper Poop-Deck - HMS Victory - 0700 hrs

Nelson: "Order the signal, Hardy."
Hardy: "Aye, aye, sir."
N: "Hold on a minute, that's not what I dictated to the signals officer. What's the meaning of this?"
H: "Sorry sir, I respectfully suggest you read this......."
N: (reading aloud) "England expects every person to do his or her duty, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or disability? What gobbledegook is this?"
H: "Admiralty policy, I'm afraid sir. We're an equal opportunities employer now. We had the devil's own job getting 'England' past the censors, lest it be considered racist."
N. " Absolute poppycock Hardy, and pray tell me, what is the meaning of this absurd sign on the deck ' Slippery when wet?'
H. " It's because we've been hit with numerous claims for injuries Sir, "
N: "Gadzooks, Hardy. Claims against the British navy? I'll have them hung from the yardarm"
H. "Sorry sir, that's been abolished along with keel- hauling. Three written warnings are now in place instead.
N. "Unbelievable Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco."
H: "Sorry sir, you're not allowed to smoke whilst on board ship. All naval vessels have been designated as smoke-free working environments."
N: "In that case, Hardy, break open the rum ration and we'll splice the main brace before the battle."
H: "The rum ration has been abolished, sir. It's all part of the Government's policy on Binge Drinking."
N: "Good heavens, Hardy. I suppose we'd better get on with it then. Full speed ahead."
H: "I think you'll find there's a 4 knot speed limit in this stretch of water, sir."
N: "For f--ks sakes, man! We're on the verge of the greatest sea battle in history. We must advance with all speed. Send a man to the crow's nest."
H: "Not possible, sir."
N: "What??"
H: "Health and Safety have closed the crow's nest sir. No harnesses, and they say that the rope ladders do not meet current regulations. They won't let anyone up there until a proper scaffolding can be erected."
N: "Then get the ship's carpenter without delay."
H: "He's busy building a wheelchair access ramp to the fo'c'sle, sir."
N: "Wheelchair access ? I've never heard anything so absurd."
H: "Health and Safety again sir. We have to provide a barrier-free environment for the differently-abled"
N: "Differently-Abled? I've only got one eye and one arm, and I refuse to hear mention of the phrase. I didn't get to be an Admiral by playing the disability card."
H: "Actually, sir, you did. The Admiralty was under-represented in the areas of visual impairment and limb deficiency."
N: "Whatever next? Give me full sail, the salt spray beckons."
H: "A couple of problems there too, sir. H&S won't let the men up the rigging without harnesses and hard hats, and they don't want them breathing in too much salt - haven't you seen the adverts?"
N: " I never heard such infamy. Break out the cannons and tell the men to stand by to engage the enemy."
H: "The men are a bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral."
N: "What? This is mutiny!"
H: "No, it's not that, sir. It's just that they're afraid of being charged with murder if they actually kill anyone. There's a couple of Legal-Aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like hawks."
N: "How then are we to sink the Frenchies and the Spanish?"
H: "Actually, sir, we're not"
N: "What??"
H: "No sir. The French and the Spanish are our European partners now. And, according to the Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn't even be in these waters. We could get hit with a claim for compensation."
N: Devil take it, Hardy. You must hate every Frenchy as you would hate the Devil himself."
H: "I wouldn't let the ship's diversity co-ordinator hear you say that, sir. You'll be up on a charge."
N: "You must consider every man an enemy who speaks ill of our King."
H: "Not any more, sir. We must all learn to be inclusive in this multicultural age. Now put on your high viz vest, sir. It's the rules, and it could save your life."
N: "Don't tell me, Health and Safety. Whatever happened to rum, the lash and sodomy?"
H: "As I explained, sir, rum is off the menu and the lash is now abolished as there's a ban on corporal punishment."
N: "What about sodomy?"
H: " Ah, I believe that it is now legal, sir."
N: " Good, In that case, KISS ME HARDY"

Ok, that's enough of the jovialities, let’s get down to serious business……...So October arrived and it looked as if the holiday season finally had lift off as we were fully booked for the majority of the month. Old faces and new faces turned up in their droves and the gillies certainly earned their corn during this busy period as it seemed that no sooner had a fish been unhooked and set free that the whistle would be blown again by another angler who was 'in' and looking for assistance. With the full quota of anglers on the lake on a number of occasions, it seemed inevitable that there would be one or two anglers who drew the dreaded blank but I can honestly say that I've struggled to recollect one person who did so during October as everybody got at least two or three to the net with the majority of anglers getting up to and into double figures for the day.

Our ongoing fish stocking programme included the introduction of a cracking alligator gar who tipped the scales at just over 66 pounds and another two wallagoo catfish both bordering on the 100 pound mark. There's now half a dozen of these brutes cruising around the lake and it's only a matter of time before some lucky anglers are going to have the scrap of their lives when one of these pick up their bait. Further stocking is imminent and we are confident that planned future introductions will cement us firmly in pole position in the popularity stakes for years to come so watch this space.

The new restaurant salas perched lakeside known as 'the twins' have proved to be a great success for diners and they're literally fighting with one another to get the ringside seat so don't forget to book one when you reserve your table in the restaurant.

All our swims now have named hardwood signs over the sala entrances that have been specially handmade out of Balinese oak and imported from Bali in Indonesia. So each peg is now known and viewed by name and certainly adds just a little more style by sending you off for example to 'The point' rather than plain old swim number six or to 'Lovers retreat' rather than just swim number nine. This underlines the fact that it's just not about the quality fish that we're putting into the lake but also just how much we're endeavouring to put quality into the resort that surrounds it.

One of the pleasures that I enjoy in writing this newsletter is the location in which I sit happily tapping away on the keyboard of my laptop. Sat outside on my verandah, I never tire of the panoramic view that surrounds me. With the shimmering lake to my left, the vast rice paddies in front of me fringed by the distant mountain range beyond where fabulous sunsets are witnessed on a nightly basis and with the Jurassic mountain itself towering high above me to my right, words cannot express the sheer beauty that's right before my eyes and I feel so blessed that I'm able to be in such a wonderful place that provides me with all the inspiration I need to be able to write this newsletter for you every month.
However, I have been asked on numerous occasions if, by living here at Jurassic whether I actually take the stunning beauty that surrounds me for granted on occasions? I must admit that having lived here now for over two years solid and human nature being what it is, it brings to mind that in life, we all take things for granted to a certain extent as in the more often we see things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world., things like flowers, the trees, the birds, the mountains, the clouds and even the ones we love…..Because we see these things so often, we actually see them less and less.
A sad fact but true and that is why that as this may well be the final outpost in my life, I refuse to let this happen here and I will always admire and appreciate what is in front of my eyes every single day of every single week just as I did on that very first fateful day that I wandered through the Jurassic Mountain gates over two years ago. Please God may it long continue.

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 October. 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 ....

We said hello once again to Lee from Reading who enjoyed a very productive two day stint where he landed Siamese carp, Amazon redtails and the much sought after arapaima getting on towards the 200 pound mark which ensured that Lee's return visit was worth all the time and effort it took for him to get here and no doubt ensured that another future visit will definitely be on the cards.


The arapaima is on most anglers wish list and Lee took great pleasure in ticking this one off of his.


Edmund from that gambling mad town in Nevada namely Reno arrived to try his luck on the lake instead of on the poker and craps tables for a change and what a fortuitous choice it turned out to be as crap it certainly wasn't. Edmund's haul of specimen fish far exceeded his expectations and prompted him to proclaim that his visit here was indeed the fishing experience of a lifetime and that he's already making plans for the return visit to Jurassic Mountain in the future.


Edmund, far far away from the casinos of Reno hit the Jurassic jackpot as he gets to grips with one of his many captures that lady luck bestowed upon him during his stay here.


Back they came again. The Dive tours trio of Steve, Malcolm and Craig from Crawley found the delights of Jurassic Mountain too irresistible to keep them away for long and they arrived full of anticipation to carry on where they all left off the last time that they graced us with their presence. They didn't have to wait long before the line was being stripped from their spools by the monsters lurking in the depths and you would invariably find all three of them in the jacuzzi during their non fishing moments soothing their aching limbs after the strenuous tussles  they all encountered.

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Steve from Crawley openly admits to have fallen in love with this place and it was good to welcome him back here as he limped in for his annual excursion to give everybody an update on his gammy leg and the gout that he suffers with. It didn't stop the big fella hopping in the lake for the photo with his carp you'll all notice.

Steve's buddy is Craig the chief cabin steward of British Airways. Craig is another regular here and it was good to see that he managed to tear himself away from all those lovely trolley dollies and get to grips with the Jurassic Mountain carp instead. This Siamese carp was just one species he had a tussle with

And the third member of the Dive tours trio is Mr quiet man himself Malcolm, who bribed the wife with substantial amounts of money to obtain her permission to allow him to be out of her sight for a couple of weeks so that he could enjoy the Jurassic experience again. In Malcolm's own words ..... 'worth every penny' !


By the way, if any of you are those who take great notice of what the weather conditions will be whilst you're here at Jurassic, you'll be pleased to know that I've incorporated a state of the art weather forecasting system directly outside my villa which is absolutely foolproof. Please feel free to tune in to the forecast as you're passing .......


My weather stone never lies.


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The latest acquisition to Jurassic Mountain is introduced into the lake by Eddy and Anthony. This cracking alligator gar at just short of 70 pounds is swimming happily around and is now on the prowl. Will it be you to be the first to land it?

Arriving with friends and family was Norio who luckily managed to get himself into a swim by the skin of his teeth as we were almost fully booked. Looks like his luck continued when he landed some nice fish including this fine redtail

The Niger ripsaw also known as cuiu cuiu is native to the Amazon basin and is commonly found from Bolivia down to Venezuela. Andy, from Amesbury near Stonehenge managed to lure this fine member of the catfish family safely to the bank during his stay.

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Tim, from the home of the Derby namely Epsom in Surrey where I've inadvertently donated more cash to sick horses than I care to remember, arrived at Jurassic determined on not setting his sights too high but secretly hoping that he'd land a monster during his stay. Take a look at the photo....... Better than backing the Derby winner eh Tim?


George got himself an arapaima at last and it was good to see as he's spent a lot of his time assisting and advising others on how to land theirs. George is only too willing to offer his non stop advice to all and sundry but this arapaima finally stopped George talking for once as he gave it his 100% concentration in getting his prize into the net. Well done George.

Andy from Romford in Essex returned once again with his wife Helen. The last time that they both were here was when Jurassic Mountain was in it’s early stages of development and to say that they were impressed with what they saw this time around is a huge understatement. A continuous haul of fish for Andy ensured that this visit will definitely not be their last either.


Away from the fishing just for a moment, I just had to share this next photo with you that goes a long way in depicting everything I love about this wonderful country…………


Beauty at it's very best.

As is the case with many of our one day visitors, an extended stay or a quick rebooking is a common occurrence ………...



Marc's Day Trip ensured that he booked another a week later!


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Fred takes great pleasure in displaying this redtail proving that they’re putting on weight faster than Adele in a cake shop.

Tom looked like he was ready for a close shave or two before landing a dozen fish during his 2 day stint here at Jurassic.

Jurassic welcomed back regular Keith Hand's who really bagged up on carp this viist.

The golden nectar, commonly known as Chang beer on draught flowed freely as we bade farewell to the late Bruce Lee Lancaster on his send off night here at Jurassic Mountain. The night was a great success and we did our dear departed friend proud. For the first time here we had live entertainment and everybody including Bruce's closest pals thoroughly enjoyed themselves although there were a few teary eyes as well as a few bleary eyes and sore heads around the lake the next morning. If Bruce was watching from above I'm sure he'd have been chuffed to bits with his send off especially when his good friend Eddie Singleton was presented with the latest wooden sign for a swim to be named after his late best mate who without doubt had Jurassic Mountain etched into his heart. This wooden plaque that will sit forever proud in Jurassic Mountain simply reads ....... "THE BRUCE".


Here's the man himself pictured during his previous and sadly his very last visit to Jurassic Mountain. The Bruce lived his life to the full and will be sorely missed. If there’s one phrase that Bruce would have used to sum up his life, I feel sure it would have read “ In the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts, but the life that you had in your years.” RIP mate.

The latest wallagoo leeri catfish, (pictured below) also known as the helicopter catfish due to the five rays in it's dorsal fin is introduced into the lake by myself and ably assisted by the beautiful Neti who showed no fear at all as she plunged into the water for the photograph. I sure do like a girl with spirit


The wallagoo, along with Neti are both native to south east Asia. The wallagoo can grow to an enormous size, Neti thankfully will not.


Further improvements continued as the new entrance gates were finally installed …………..


Not exactly the gates of heaven but pretty damn close. The newly revamped entrance to Jurassic Mountain is your access to the paradise that lies beyond.


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Mark from Salford is a keen match angler and this Siamese carp was just one of many that were no match for his tactics that he employed during his stay here.

Resch from Luxembourg didn’t have the best of luck first time around but this nice Siamese along with a brute of an arapaima certainly ensured that this visit paid dividends

Return visitor from Australia is Ian who had a very prolific visit this time as he landed fish after fish, no doubt showing us Brits that the Aussies know their stuff as well in the angling dept.

Eddie Singleton who was presented with the plaque for ‘The Bruce’ runs a tropical fish business up in Manchester and is well up there in the list of the most prolific visitors to Jurassic Mountain. Eddie and his pals enjoyed a very satisfactory visit this time around as they all had more than their fair share of fish even though their first day saw eleven anglers on the lake and the going was a touch slow. Their subsequent days showed a major improvement in quantity and quality as Eddie not only cracked into the carp but managed to slam into a couple of arapaima’s as well. One for him and one for his old mate Bruce no doubt.


Our good friend Eddie Singleton with just one of the many that he got into his arms during his stay. See you again next year Eddie ………….. Or sooner ?

Neti’s son came to stay for a few days so it was with great pleasure that I introduced him to the Jurassic fishing scene seeing as I hadn’t fished for quite some time myself because what with completing my house build and writing this newsletter which takes up more of my time than I first thought, I just hadn’t found the time to do so which, considering I have nothing but time on my hands these days is rather strange but it seems that as soon as the sun rises over the lake, within the blink of an eye it’s setting again. Anyway, a few hours on the lake saw three nice Siamese and a cracking Indian carp that displayed a beautiful colour mixture of almost black with a vivid bronze tinge and the biggest Siamese was around the sixty pound mark. I got as much pleasure landing it as I did looking at the little lads face who had never seen a fish of such immense size. I wonder what he’d have thought had one of the big boys took my bait.


The little lad is gobsmacked that this fish weighs more than he does.


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The Italians made an appearance in the form of Riccardo and his wife. This redtail was just one of the many that Riccardo got to his net. Eccellente indeed.

And Belgium got in the act too with Yuri from Bruge who thoroughly enjoyed his first visit to The Mountain by landing a substantial number of carp and catfish.

The two new salas known as ;The Twins’ have been constructed lakeside outside the restaurant. They’re a firm favourite with diners so get in quick.

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Gary from Salford cradles a Siamese carp underneath a Thai blue sky..

While his pal Mick does exactly the same with a nice tambaqui that gave a great fight.

And Eddie cradles the love of his life,…, it aint you George it's, Indian Carp.

And look at Arto, a one day visitor wonder who landed the fish that he dreamt about catching during his one day stint……


A one day visit, the fish of Arto’s lifetime. That’s the beauty of angling folks.


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Jurassic resident Beejay casts out a chicken bait to tempt the predators…

…….The line screams from the reel as Beejay strikes into the fish……..

……. Fifteen minutes into the tussle and the fish shows no signs of giving in ………….

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……… The fish makes one final dive for the sanctuary of the margins …….

……...but is finally coaxed into the net after a great scrap for Beejay……..

…….. and his prize is a rarely seen spotted sorubim over the thirty pound mark.

A nice fish for Beejay but as predators go, not the biggest in the lake by any stretch of the imagination but when Graham from Derbyshire tried similar tactics, he was rewarded with this fabulous Chao phraya that easily tipped the scales at over 100 pounds.


Pound for pound one of the best fighting fish in the lake is the Chao phraya catfish.


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Newlyweds Jason and Sophie from the UK incorporated a few days on Jurassic within their honeymoon itinerary. During the time that they managed to prise themselves away from the marital bed, Jason caught some fine fish whilst Sophie caught the rays by the resorts pool.

Danny is an expat living in Bangkok and is now a regular visitor to Jurassic Mountain. This time around he arrived with his young son to give him a taste of the fishing experience here Suffice to say, we have another Jurassic member for the future.

Paul is yet another expat working and residing in Thailand’s vibrant capital Bangkok. Paul arrived with his family and enjoyed a great stint on the lake catching numerous fish including this well presented fighting machine being the tambaqui.

Our friend from Ipswich, Paul Bradley who very kindly accommodated our own Eddy Mounce on what they both described as one of the UK's most idyllic venues, very kindly sent me a photograph taken of Eddy during his visit there last month. I'd like to think that the smile on Eddy's face was due to knowing that he'd very soon be back here at his Thailand paradise but in reality it depicts everything that he loved about the venue and he loves about the sport as he landed yet another bream during his stint there. Thanks are extended to Paul for the photo. Eddy, myself and the rest of the team look forward to welcoming you back here when you return once again in January where we trust that your smile will be of similar size that you very kindly provided for Eddy.


No words needed. The smile says it all.

So as October finally slipped away into Jurassic Mountain history, I looked forward to next month and all the new arrivals and old faces that it will inevitably bring especially as my son Jimmy will be included in these arrivals as he's due to arrive here in November presumably to check up on his 'Ol man's' well being but more realistically to resume his love affair with the Jurassic Mountain lake. I can't wait to spend some time with him on his favourite peg and hopefully he'll top his last visit here in August when he landed an arapaima of almost 300 pounds. Fingers crossed.

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 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 the closest place resembling paradise that you could ever imagine possible.

Tight lines all, see you on here next month.