I was very fortunate to be re-invited along for this year's Rawai Fishing Club's Wahoo Game Fishing Tournament 2013 as 'Weigh Master', a post I volunteered for during last year's competition. As a full time charter angling skipper, I am not that bothered about actually fishing myself. I just love to be at sea and my pleasure in angling comes from trying to find you chaps some fish and then delight in your catches. With this in mind, it seems a bit silly for me to take part as an angler (plus Game Fishing ain't cheap) so being able to take on a role within the event means I get to go to sea, hopefully do a bit to contribute to the contest, meet some new and very interesting people and get to see a few nice fish!!
There's also the massive bonus that the 'Mother Ship', the MV Phoenix, is a Dive Liveaboard vessel and as such is equipped with scuba tanks etc. The Captain, Khun Po, is a diving maestro and the Thai Dive Master onboard, Dada, is an absolute delight to dive with...brilliant...just like Ai Futaki for those who recall her.
Best Tuna was 3.72 caught by Monody Alderson; winner of the 'non-pelagic category was Vladislav Puharel with a 10.5kg grouper with Frank Reitsema coming first in the Giant Trevelly category with a fine 7.85kg specimen.
Apart from the 5 sailfish, 3 marlin were also recorded with Henry Duncan from '4 Reel' winning the Marlin section worth a handy £5k with a 1.58 metre blue marlin.
Last night we all gathered at the Gang Eng restaurant on the waterfront at Chalong which many of you who have now stayed here with me for your winter holiday have now been to.
Hard to believe we've already enjoyed five 'English Winters' here!!
So, many thanks to the organisers for inviting me along...and who knows, maybe next year I will get lucky and be able to take part again.