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    Fishing

    Anyone been fishing Isaan style? Went with the relatives to the rice fields. They got there ahead of me and started fishing. Had a fire to roast snails with. Mighty tasty they are. Had baby freshwater goong. They were caught by placing a net at the discharge of the pump they were using to move the water from one paddy to the next. Finally, the fishing started once the fish were visible. Walked out in the mud and caught them bare handed. It was not easy. The little kids were the best catchers. I never caught a one. Great fun though. You ought to try it some time.

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    Yeah, did so in Sakon Nakhon.

    I was thrilled by the idea of going "fishing" and brought my trusted fishing rod.
    The locals looked at my fishing rod and shook their heads.

    Envy is a bad thing, I said to myself.

    We arrived at the water hole and I now learnt why the locals shook their heads at me.
    It was tiny and completely overgrown with vegetation.
    Dissappointed I put my fishing rod aside placed myself on the bank and watched while the guys with buckets emptied the entire water hole in an hour or so.
    Meanwhile I was being eaten alive by fleas. As this was a favourite spot for the village dogs to rest.
    To get rid of these, I jumped into the muddy pool of water and joined in the fun.

    Besides from myriads of tiny fish, there were a few decent Plaa Chon, snake head mullets. Slippery bastards they were too.
    Snails the size of a hand were digged out of the mud as well.

    We got a bonfire going, and the snails and snake head mullets were roasted in the fire.
    Quite tasty the snake head mullets. I passed on the snails. Flukes are prevalent in this region.
    The guys sat around the fire and smoked MIL`s home rolled cigars. The size of those cigars were absolutely absurd, but they seemed to enjoy them.

    "Now, we have had our break, we shall catch some more fish" My brother in law declared with great confidence.

    I looked at the arrid country side, there was nowhere water to be seen. (dry season)
    "You gotta be kiddding"?

    "No, no. Now we go for Pla Lai" Eels.

    We wandered off and soon stopped at a small circular spot consisting of clay I guess.
    The survival experts dug into the clay with their bare hands and soon some small circular holes in the clay appeared.
    "You see, there are eels here"
    I watched in disbelief when they eventually got hold of half a bucket of live eels from the clay.

    The day`s catch was brought home to MIL.
    She was particularly happy with the tiny fish from the water hole and immediately started to whip up a particularly mean Plaa Raa.
    Thank God, it will take another month or so, before I have to eat that shit.

    The eels were also highly appreciated although they were no more than 20 cm long.
    They went into some kind of soup that tasted like crap.

    The family loved eating fish.
    So the next day I thought to myself. Now, I am going to treat them.
    I went into town, bought 2 kilos of live catfish, Plaa Duk and brought them to my SIL for her to prepare.
    "Hmm, are they fresh"? Was her initial question upon expecting my purchase.
    "For crying out loud, cant you see that they are wriggling to the best of their ability" ?
    "Okay, what did you pay for them"?
    "50 baht"
    "They overcharged you, I could have got them for 45 baht"
    "Yeah, so sue me, now go prepare the damn things"

    Soon I could hear the rythmic sounds of "bok bok" All meals here are accompanied with the staple food, Som Tham.

    More than an hour went by and still no sight of my 2 kilos of plaa duk.
    Then she appeared with 1 roasted plaa duk, som tham and some shit that I didnt know what was. Only thing I knew, was it was not intended for human consumption.

    The family happily dug into the som tham and the weird shit.
    I got my Plaa Duk. Tasty it was too.

    "What the fok happened to the rest of my plaa duk" ? I inquired in a strident voice.

    "Well, you see, farang, we prefer fish we catch in the wild, they have a very nice "sweet" taste.
    "But, but.... I bought 2 kilos, what happened to the rest of them" I demanded to know.

    "We gave them to the neighbour"
    Apparently, the neighbour was none to picky....
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    Electrocution seems to be en vogue around here..

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    Awesome story, Pescator. I ain't much of a writer as you can see by my post. But, I loved your response.

    Good to know about the flukes. Had not a clue. Maybe I won't eat them any longer. My location is near Chumpae so not sure if we have them or not. Have to investigate that.

    As for the plaa duk, I can't eat fish anyhow. Crustaceans only. Remember my niece cooked some plaa and mushroom in the same pan knowing I am allergic to fish. However, she placed them in separate bowls. I took one bite from the mushrooms and I knew immediately. She didn't know any better. Felt sorry for her. Oh, and the Plaa Raa/Plaa Dek would probably kill me in an instant.

    Last time I got fish poisoning was in BKK. We were waiting on a pair of glasses for myself so we went to get a hot pot. Sam, my wife, ordered it. I took one bite and tasted fish. Ended up in the clinic that evening. We were to fly back to the states in the morning. Lovely way to spend an evening, rolling in pain. Gotta love it.

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    yeah ive done the empty the pond then hand catch thing, good fun.

    also watched as they used a large digger to scoop the fish out of one drained pond that looked a bit too dangerous to walk around in, loads of sharp stuff sticking out.

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    Ya ... bin dere dun dat. Went fishing with the extended family @ their 50m dia Irrigation Pond. Pumped it out with a 6" turbine pump, powered by the usual Kabota Paddy Tractor. While the family members had great fun slithering around in the exposed mud; my Danish Pal & I busied ourselves downing a few Heinikens and hacking out a campsite in the thorny thicket surrounding the pond. We lit a few campfires and grilled & boiled the catch. A good time was had by all. They also caught some big frogs (alloy, alloy). The boosy afternoon was hilighted when two 1-2m long snakes were observed slithering around in the mud. After a lot of shrieking and stumbling around, Grandpa concluded that the serpents were only fish snakes and not poisonous. Evidently the snakes naturally move to the water as it recedes, as it is easier for them to catch the fish ... although family members told me they had not seen the snakes on previous expeditions.

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    [quote=sranchito;2270150]Awesome story, Pescator. I ain't much of a writer as you can see by my post.

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    I got to watch some fishing of this sort a few years ago. The farmers waded in the mud, grabbed the fish and threw them up on the bank. Had a little fire going and placed the fish on a stick and ate them right there. Also saw them catch a snake and throw it up on the bank.

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