Pattaya Thailand with Clive Branson
A good idea to bring some of your own
gear with you and buy a few bits of tackle when
you get to Thailand.
Some rental tackle can be pretty ropey at best.
Often the reels are cheap and poorly maintained.
They have usually been dunked in the water a few
times and may never have been cleaned or properly
serviced. There are many stories of anglers losing
big fish with poor maintained rods and reels.
Most rods used in Thailand
are telescopic and most hired tackle are
well to heavy to feel any fight from the
fish in some cases fish are lost because
of no bend in the rod. So it is
advisable to bring a light telescopic
rod with you for convenience of travel.
You could bring two or three piece rods
but experience shows that getting these
through customs are sometimes difficult.
I would suggest you
bring a reel or two with you. For the
ponds with smaller fish a reel holding
100-150m of 8-10lb line is fine. For the
heavier fighting fish I would suggest
15- 20lb line and reels to match as all
the parks have a few bigger fish in them.
For the larger catfish you will need
a fairly robust reel. A strong carp reel or
one of the big Shimano bait runners is
will also need method feeders, waggler
floats, swivels, hooks lengths and a few
metres of braid. Size 10 and 12 hooks work
well for smaller fish, size 8-4 or
possibly size 2 for the larger fish.
These can be brought with you or purchased
at any tackle shop.
Also you may
need to bring a small tackle box including, scissors,
disgorger, forceps, split shots, pliers etc....
Most fishing venues supply some seating for your
comfort however if you want to bring a folding up seat
then that's fine but remember to try and keep your
luggage down for travelling abroud
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