A day at Pon Fishing

In Udon Thani, the high temperatures have gradually subsided. It has now rained very heavily several times and brought significant cooling, so we have had a couple of opportunities to go fishing without excessive sweating and the feeling that the fish feel have no real appetite in high temperatures.Pon Fishing was on the agenda - a venue that we hadn't visited for a long time, and with the best conditions for a while we were hopefully going to have a great day's fishing. Plenty of fish were showing when we arrived - the water surface was constantly disturbed by fish rolling and slapping their tails.

Pon Fishing - am Teich

We'd brought with us shrimp, small grasshoppers and Farmhouse bread as bait. I fished with two rods - as almost always - one with a small lead and a shrimp, the other float fished close in with grasshoppers on the hook. If there were snakeheads around, I wanted to try to catch them.

Pon Fishing - Ruten am See

At first nothing happened, the grasshoppers were ignored completely and the line on the leger rod only twitched occasionally, which suggested that the fish had adapted their feeding behavior to the conditions, and learned that not every succulent morsel could be eaten safely.

Pon Fishing - der See

After some time I decided that the grasshoppers had failed. I put all my eggs in one basket now, with both rods baited with a piece of shrimp I did not have long to wait for the first bite. It was immediately apparent that a Sawai had taken the bait pulled a few yards of line from  from the light baitrunner reel. My assumption proved to be correct and I pulled a 9kg Sawai to the waiting net. A few years ago, the average weight of the fish here had still been only 2 to 4 kg, but today I guess that most of the sawais are 7-9 kg. I caught two more sawai in the same weight class, both on the same setup.

Pon Fishing - Pla Sawai

Finally I decided to fish one rod with an even lighter lead and switched to a smaller hook. Now it would be more difficult, the possibility of ejection would rise, but the chances of tempting a fish to bite would also rise. On this rod I fished a piece of bread-crust, and this combination produced another sawai after a while.

By early afternoon we'd had enough. Once again it was nice to have some good sport at this lake, but sawai-fishing is not so satisfying as targetting a greater variety of fish at other venues. We'll come back anyway, to Pon and his pond - if see if the sawais have put on another 3 - 4 kg.

Pon Fishing - Entenalarm

posted on: 10.07.2012 - last update on: 19.10.2013

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