Phuket Deep Sea Fishing (Top Fishing Games)

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Phuket is achieving international recognition as a major player in the game fishing world. The deep blue waters of the Andaman Sea are ideal for game fish, and the region is on the migratory paths of classics fighting fish such as marlin. At certain time of the year, the sailfish fishing compare with anywhere in the world; and this is one of the top three queen fish venues. Check out our seasons/species chart for the best times of the year.

The facts that Phuket’s game fishing industry is in its infancy only adds to the number of game fish found in the region. Mangrove estuaries and shallow island reef are home to numerous species of light-tackle game fish including sea bass, barracuda, giant trevally, queen fish and mangrove jack. Farther out in the deeper waters of the Andaman Sea roam a multitude of blue-water, pelagic species like black marlin and sailfish, as well as king mackerel and tiger sharks.

The Racha Islands are a popular destination only a couple of hours from Phuket, and between the two of them they alone have just about every species of game fish found in the Pacific. Here you can go after such prizes as giant trevally, dolphin fish, barracuda, wahoo and rainbow runners. Among several other popular destinations from Phuket are the Similan Islands and ‘The Drop-off’.


Year –Round Fishing

There’s good fishing all year around. The months of June-August, when the sea can get rough, is the especially good for sailfish. Game fishing boats generally fish in the lee of islands such as Racha Noi and Racha Rai, during this season. Late November is a good time to go after marlin, tuna, and any numbers of other fighting fish. By this time, the monsoons have settled, and the fish are biting.

Virtually every species of blue water fish can be caught right now. Sailfish are common off Racha Yai and juvenile black marlin show up all along the west coast of Phuket, providing great medium to light tackle fishing. Meanwhile, 90 km west of Phuket at the continental shell dropped-off there is a fair chance of larger black marlin, often 100 – 300 kg. Also find a yellowfin tuna (20 kg), wahoo (40kg) and numerous barracuda, dorado and skipjack tuna. The chance to do battle with shark is good as tiger, hammerhead, bull and the occasional mako shark take the bait during day or night fishing trips.

Phuket International Sportfishing Classic

In November, the annual Phuket International Sportfishing Classic draws teams from around the world. The Phuket Sportfishing Classic tournament is held during this month.

Boat for Hire

While most charter companies are booked far in advanced for multi-day excursions, it’s easy to get a fully equipped sportfishingboat for one-day outings. The standard one-day charter on a professional boat like the ‘Andaman Hooker’ or Phuket Big Game Fishing’s Dorado including all gear, water, soft drinks and lunch runs at about US$350 per day up to 6 persons.
Its generally cheaper to rent a boat for light-tackle inshore fishing. Renting a Thai longtail boat and hand-jigging for fish the old way is an interesting experience.

Article Source:
Rod and Line Magazine

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