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Cast Away: The hunt for El Dorado

Cast Away: The hunt for El Dorado

CAST AWAY: Friday, July 26 saw the storms subside and Nick and a few friends from Singapore ventured out on Mena 1. Proving a good “stir-up” is good for the fishing, we recorded 48 tuna, one 8.5 kg Wahoo, a good sized ‘Long Tom’ and a small ‘Queenie’.

By Jimmy Stewart

Friday 9 August 2013, 09:52AM

A trip on Sunday (July 28) brought in 56 tuna and a 4 kg Wahoo, with Dan and his pals from Phuket Fit Resort as our motley crew. Non-stop action all the way!

Well done the wind and rain gods, fantastic days out with great company. So for all you guys and gals out there who fancy fishing in the “low season”, firstly check out the local weather on magicseaweed. com and if the swell is 1.5m or less and the time between is 8 seconds or more you could be in for an extraordinary experience, evading our regular annual storms.

Now, some years ago while visiting Jamaica I was told by the Rastas that crushed Dorado heads made great fish soup, an aphrodisiac “which puts Viagra to shame, Mon”.

A local fishing personality, Brian of Mad Mohally’s, Rawai, a friend with numerous I.G.F.A. (International Game Fishing Association) world records and considerable global experience, confirmed that the Rastas were not joking.

Unfortunately, there has been a dearth of Dorado recently as I am enthusiastically waiting to try out this recipe and notice that the price of fish heads, especially Dorado, seems unduly expensive in relation to the rest of the fish. Food for thought?

While on the subject of international anglers, Neill of the PGFC (Phuket Game Fishing Club) has just returned from another fishing expedition to Vancouver Island, Canada, with some fantastic tails. No heads, just tails.

Our intrepid Fisheroo won the prize for the largest salmon and second biggest halibut, but had to give up fishing around midday as the participants had all reached their legal quota.

So following on from my previous article, it just goes to prove that conservancy measures do work, when, unlike here, they are taken seriously and enforced.


Neill, I hope you have no problems getting through customs with your vacuum packed catch as your last contribution to my fridge was most appreciated. Lip-smacking good.

The annual P.I.S.T. (Phuket International Sportsfishing Tournament) has an “early bird” registration policy that expires on September 15, a good discount if you book early for the competition, which will be held from November 14 to 16.

Get on to our pal Uwe at uweschittek@yahoo.com and register before the 15th and save, save, save.

For those who don’t know the competition, it’s a three day event, returning to port each evening to weigh-in and have a few beers. A casual tournament, very professionally run and Phuket’s longest running angling competition.

As usual, tight lines to all.



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