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Help! Anyone has experience w/ fishing in Southeast Asia?

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On 2019. 1. 5. at 7:14 PM, Mangrove Jack said:

My experience is only in Sri Lanka.

 

Here too like all places, when the fishing is good it's fantastic, when its bad it sucks. 

 

We catch Barracuda up to 20 pounds, Barramundi up to 30 pounds, GT up to 70 pounds, Queen fish up to 16 pounds which are fantastic on light tackle, Narrow Barred Spanish Mackerel up to 40 pounds (cousin of the Wahoo), etc from the shore and jetties.

 

Plugging works well both in the day and night, and silver spoons in the mornings just as it dawns. Shore fishing from the harbours and at estuary mouths (river entrances into the sea) are the best places to fish from. 

 

If you search my posts on this website you will find quite a bit of info on plugging and shore fishing in Sri Lanka. 

 

I too dislike boat fishing and all my fishing is done with my feet firmly planted on the shore or a breakwater / pier. The only times I fish off a boat is when fishing for Barramundi or Mangrove Jack in inland lagoons. 

 

 

 

 

Thx MJ. Will definitely look up your posts now.

 

On 2019. 1. 6. at 3:45 PM, carangua said:

 

In the part of the world the OP is inquiring, as well as many industrialized places in the world, you need to travel far away from urbanized locations, nothing much from shore there, pollution and over fishing makes it difficult to hope for a decent land based spot in the highly populated areas.

 

Then you have the locations which are less urbanized, more on the natural landscape and at some distance from big towns or airports, there you will find beautiful resorts for all budgets, the shoreline may be wonderful and less polluted but the impact of over fishing /dynamiting is still there, so the tourism industry /resorts promote the creation of sanctuaries or natural reserves / artificial reefs to bring back some local indigenous marine life, which attracts snorkelers/divers.

 

Needless to say that in these resorts, fishing from shore is generally frowned upon, when not completely forbidden. They will sometimes propose offshore fishing for pelagic's or bottom jigging but it is unlikely to plant your rod on a sandy beach in the vicinity. This is where artificial ponds loaded with trapped fish of all sorts came in, to satisfy a fishing experience for the picture seeker. 

 

So if you want a true chance in catching from shore, you need to go beyond these areas to remote places where only few people live, this entails a heavy expedition with the requirement of camping/supplies/fresh water since far away from any market. It is also a must to be accompanied with locals that have strong ties with the specific productive spot for security and entrance fee purposes.

 

This can be arranged with reliable local tackle shops, but comes at a relatively high price. 

Once the trip organized you can have a complete blast with memorable catches or skunk as it goes with fishing.

 

If organizing a fishing trip located abroad and depending on the targeted country, I'd recommend using a reputable fishing tour operator, where all is included in the round trip, no surprises there and you can go to the most faraway critical areas that still hold amazing fish from shore in the globe, with proper setup/security and safety provisions. 

 

One of the nicest places I've seen for Surfcasting where you can go on your own without assistance is New Zealand; miles of pristine sandy coast suitable for bait or lure casting, you can rent a 4X4 and the horizon is the limit, very friendly people and safe place. Australia is very interesting for the matter too, along with Florida/Bahamas; these are among the few remaining spots blessed with full commodities and  productive land based fishing.  

 

 

Thank you carangua, I have done some research too and what you have said just confirmed my own conclusion. This was gonna be a relatively light trip so I am not yet sure if I will be fully committing to the places you and MJ mentioned, but hell, this kind of information is why you visit SOL. Massive shoutout to you and MJ.

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On 12/30/2018 at 5:44 AM, DoorGunner said:

Fished a bay in Vietnam in 69. Make sure you bring an automatic rifle.

 

 

Those were the days!!

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On 12/30/2018 at 5:44 AM, DoorGunner said:

Fished a bay in Vietnam in 69. Make sure you bring an automatic rifle.

 

 

Those were the days!!

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On 12/25/2018 at 11:25 PM, SalamiSausage said:

Talking about Thai, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. here.

 

Go shrimping if you go to Taiwan. Hop on a cab and tell them you want to catch shrimp (Diao Shia!)...the weirdest experience with a rod you'll ever have. 

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