A pleasant day at Nong Bua Lamphu Fishing Park

I paid my second visit to Nong Bua Lamphu Fishing Park yesterday, as the weather was considerably cooler than of late. The venue appeared much as I remembered it, clean, tidy, and quiet. As we started to fish, we immediately caught fish, mostly pla nai (carp) up to a kilo, but a few other species as well, including a pla caho (giant Siamese carp) of mabe three kilos. The venue's owner, Ian, visited us and was friendly and informative as he described the progress of his fishery since it opened last August. We were especially interested in the pla dang Amazon (Amazon red-tailed catfish) that he'd recently stocked, because as far as we knew no other fishery in the Udon area, and maybe the whole of Isan, contains these beautiful fish.

So, I baited my hook with a pork ball and after about twenty minutes I hooked one of these beasts, but unfortunately lost it at the net. A further half-hour saw me hook another one, and this time I landed it after a fierce battle.

Amazon red-tailed catfish

The fishing got a bit slower in the afternoon, but we still caught a few more fish, including two more red-tails and a small pla tepa (Chao Praya catfish). We took a few of the pla nin (tilapia) home with us for the pot (70 baht/kilo).

This is a really nice venue , and while we didn't catch anything so big, we caught plenty, and a good variety of species. One big point in its favour, in my opinion, is the absence of pla sawai (striped catfish), which are so abundant in pretty much every other fishery. We'll definitely visit again.

posted on: 26.03.2016 - last update on: 31.03.2016

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