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Phuket Sport: Cast Away: Stormy seas, and a dire warning

Phuket Sport: Cast Away: Stormy seas, and a dire warning

CAST AWAY: Hi again my fellow Fisheroos. The end of June was definitely not for the fair-weather fishermen among us, with three-metre seas, rain and high winds making our sporting adventures uncomfortable if not downright dangerous.

Friday 12 July 2013, 09:45AM

The high winds and waves also took their toll on the “new” Chalong marina, where bad design and poor workmanship has left the walkways in an extremely treacherous condition. Large holes and loose flooring are the latest hazard to be negotiated when going to sea from this jinxed project.

This following closely after the buoys fiasco that led to the sinking of the Russian “booze cruise” boat, it seems to me the powers that be seem only too happy to spend money without supervising the efforts of landlubber contractors who perhaps should not be trusted to build with Lego blocks.

It may be just me, but at this time of year everything seems to drift into a negative vein, which has now been topped off with the latest Greenpeace report on Thailand’s fishing stocks.

I quote: “Thailand’s seas are rapidly approaching a danger zone ... hundreds of commercial vessels were operating daily in the gulf and destroying all marine life in their wake ... if this continues, Thai oceans will become barren and lifeless … In the next five or ten years, if we do not try to fix the situation and protect resources, fish stocks or fish populations will reach below numbers that will no longer be productive.”

Sad to say I can only concur, for as any sports fisherman who has been in these waters for a number of years will tell you, “every year the fish are getting fewer and smaller.”

Some of us can remember when a sailfish or even a marlin catch was a weekly if not daily occurrence.

Now I wonder why we bother working a catch and release policy for bill fish, as we just seem leave more for the commercial boats who don’t give a toss for our conservation efforts.


You can argue that Europeans did the same to the North Sea, but “two wrongs don’t make a right.”

So everyone please, PLEASE, support the Greenpeace initiative and back their sustainable fishing policy in the waters that many of us have grown to know and love.

It’s in everyone’s interests, as the war between conservationists and commercial boats cannot be won. The fishing business owners may get a short term financial gain but in the long term, as in most wars, everyone loses.

To end on a lighter note: I have often said that fishing always improves after a good “stir-up” by stormy weather, and on one of the few days we could get out our boat we landed two 4 kg rainbow runners, the largest I have seen locally.

The next day, 14 year-old Anthony from New Zealand (pictured above at left) on MV Hooker with the Phuket Game Fishing Club caught and released his first sailfish, from all accounts he handled himself like a real pro. Well done Anthony.

Tight lines

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