Phuket Sport: Cast Away: Of pirates and mermaids

CAST AWAY: What an exciting end to April. After a spate of thefts from boats in Phuket, when the yacht Da Vinci’s silent alarm went off the captain went out to the boat and was greeted by gunfire.

By Jimmy Stewart

Friday 3 May 2013, 11:18AM

Jimmy and the perfect catch that got away, “Melanie the Mermaid”, at Bon Island.

Jimmy and the perfect catch that got away, “Melanie the Mermaid”, at Bon Island.

Police were alerted and the boys at the Chalong Beach bars witnessed a gun battle between the cops and the pirates – who had already knifed a farang who was sleeping on his boat and surprised them as they came on board.

All the culprits are now in custody so let’s hope all you guys from the PGFC (Phuket Game Fishing Club) get your gear back now that the water has cooled down after the rain and the fish are jumping again.

Lots of GT’s (giant trevallies or kingfish) around Buddha Island, and has anyone else noticed there seems to be many more Long Toms (garfish/sea needles/crocodile fish) than usual?

Closer to home, for those of you who have been at my place (Jimmy’s Drift Inn on Sai Yuan, Rawai) you may have notice that two large fish from my tropical aquarium are missing.

I had mentioned to Bee, my bar manager, that the two giant gouramies were getting too big for the tank and I was going to “give them to Buddha” (drop them in the lake).

But one my maintenance men asked if he could have them: he then proceeded to put them in a plastic bag with no water, when I asked. “What the h*** are you doing”, he replied: “taking them home to eat.” T.I.T. This is Thailand.

My sincere apologies go out to fellow fisheroos who missed on April’s Sunday Wahoo fishing trip. There was a serious breakdown in communications for which the Rawai Beach Fishing Club, Wahoo and I can only say sorry and we will get you out as soon as possible.

Commiserations also to Jan Andersen of RBFC after his motorcycle accident, hope you get well soon and start pulling them in again.

And finally, our joint birthday party (Martin, Laurence and Jimmy) on “Rosie’s Beach” on Bon Island had an unexpected visitor: “Melanie the Mermaid”, pictured above.
No this wasn’t a mass hallucination brought on by copious amounts of alcohol, as the picture above will confirm.

The sea gypsies who did a great job handling the catering and were acting as water taxies for the party of about 40 revellers were absolutely flipper-gasted.

Tight lines,



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