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    Deep Sea Fishing Along the Thailand Coastline

    I started fishing at the age of 6 and have been an avid fisherman for quite some time. Most of my fishing has been done in Mexican waters since they offer more than the California coastline. Fishing Alaska has also fulfilled my desire to fish areas that have plenty of fish to catch.

    Starting in October, I plan to start a trek to find the best deep sea fishing spots along the coastline of Thailand. To make things easier, does anyone know of a book that gives some of Thailand's best fishing areas? I will probably start with the Pattaya Fishing Club to pick their brain and get some ideas. Any assistance would be deeply appreciated.

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    I would think the entire gulf is a lifeless barren wasteland as far as sport fishing goes.

    Thai tuna boats take tuna abut 12 inches long.....

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    Went night fishing off the coast of Samui many a time (well, twice actually)

    9-midnight: catch the bait

    Midnight - 4am: get smashed on award winning lager

    5am - 8am: Barracuda aplenty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    I would think the entire gulf is a lifeless barren wasteland as far as sport fishing goes.

    Thai tuna boats take tuna abut 12 inches long.....
    Seems to be now. A keen angling friend of mine used to catch Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna regularly off the Gulf. But that is going back nearly 15 years, nothing worth bothering with now.
    Andaman Sea is the OP's best bet.

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    A well known Thai fisherman here in Cha-am once told me not to bother with the Gulf.
    He's had lots of pics of his catches published in magazines.
    Andaman sea is his recommendation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charleyboy
    Andaman Sea is the OP's best bet.
    Quote Originally Posted by charleyboy
    Andaman sea is his recommendation.
    I third that.

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    OK, so it looks like I will start with the Andaman coast. Any suggestions on where to start? Good fishing is usually directly related to the amount of live bait in the water and how much pressure other fisherman put on the fish. This is why I pretty much stopped fishing in California, except for salmon, since the commercials and sport fisherman put too much pressure on the fish. Mexico and Alaska are the best fishing waters around where I live in the US, but I do not expect to find anything that good around Thailand.

    Thanks for everyone's input and any other suggestions would be much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers
    Good fishing is usually directly related to the amount of live bait in the water and how much pressure other fisherman put on the fish.
    Haven't fished off shore in years but even back then fishing was ok but the catching was awful.

    I would go to Rawai Pier. Doubt you''ll catch much off the pier so look for fishermen who will take you off shore a bit. They know where the fish are. No idea what they will charge.

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    Norton, I have heard from others that Rawai in not a bad place to go out fishing. I think you are right about fishing from the pier and paying a local fisherman to take me out is what I am used to. This is how I started fishing in Mexico. The locals do know the waters and I learned from some old skippers before going out in private boats. They can teach you a lot when it come to using the right bait. I always use skippers that have knowledge of the area before going out on my own.

    I will probably take a trip down to Phuket when I come back and watch the action a little before heading out. I always like to see what is being caught, or not caught before wasting my time if the fish are not biting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    OK, so it looks like I will start with the Andaman coast. Any suggestions on where to start? Good fishing is usually directly related to the amount of live bait in the water and how much pressure other fisherman put on the fish. This is why I pretty much stopped fishing in California, except for salmon, since the commercials and sport fisherman put too much pressure on the fish. Mexico and Alaska are the best fishing waters around where I live in the US, but I do not expect to find anything that good around Thailand.

    Thanks for everyone's input and any other suggestions would be much appreciated.
    I would have started in Ranong.

    Plenty fishing going on there.
    Lots of fishermen you can talk to.

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    There is good sport fishing in some of the large dams.
    Big snakeheads that put up a decent fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvin
    Ranong
    Anywhere between Khao Lak and Ranong is good. Not so over fished. Problem is it's a fair bit north of Phuket so need a car or stay at one of the many great resorts in Khao Lak.

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    ^^^
    I can always stop at Ranong on the way to Rawai, or on the way back. I do not have a time schedule and if I find the fishing good in one spot, I will more than likely stay awhile. I do not intend to spend a fortune on boats and charters and would rather go out with the local fisherman.

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