Some rain last month brought a wel­come change and cooled things down a bit and topped up the lake. This kind of weather makes for great fish­ing at Topcats and re­sort owner Shaun Mcnutt sim­ply had to get the rods out for a short ses­sion him­self, and try for the Ara­paima. Well, Shaun only lasted two hours be­fore a storm came in and it forced him to re­treat for cover! That be­ing said, he still man­aged a 200lb beast. He tried again the next day, land­ing nu­mer­ous fish over a fur­ther three hours fish­ing, in­clud­ing a 250lb Ara­paima, along­side eight Ama­zon Red­tails to 80lb, as well as a mix of Asian Red­tails, Pacu and Al­li­ga­tor Gar. It turned out to be a great break, as the staff all came over to the swim and en­joyed a few hours, get­ting ready for their high sea­son. The fol­low­ing week saw Dave, from Scot­land, re­turn with his wife and daugh­ter for their fourth visit. He landed 14 fish on his first day, 23 on his sec­ond day and over the fol­low­ing five days, 100 more – fin­ish­ing the week with 137 fish, in­clud­ing many species that he had not pre­vi­ously caught. The Giant Si­amese Carp are his favourite and he landed th­ese to 115lb. All his fish fell to the Scopex Boilies, set-up snow­man style. His wife and daugh­ter were more than happy, re­lax­ing by the pool, and just com­ing over to photo all the fish for him. First time vis­i­tors Mark and his son, Aide, ar­rived for 14 nights – with the 9-day’s fish­ing ‘spe­cial pack­age’. They soon set­tled into the fish­ing and had plenty of ac­tion with many PBS smashed. The Giant Si­amese were re­ally feed­ing well with both of them land­ing at least 10 per day. As the even­ings drew in, the Ama­zon Red­tails started feed­ing well too. They man­aged dou­ble hook-ups, lots of times, and felt very much at home dur­ing their stay at Topcats. On their days off they went for a wan­der around Koh Sa­mui, tak­ing in the sights and try­ing var­i­ous other ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the shoot­ing ranges.

THAI­LAND : Dave’s Si­amese Carp TOPCATS

THAI­LAND : Dou­ble Red­tails TOPCATS

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