Thailand is famous now for its carp fishing and more and more European techniques are being used to target species such as the Giant Siamese carp and the Rohu among others. A great venue is the relaxed and friendly Dreamlake Fishing resort in Chiang mai where there is a great mix of local knowledge and imported tactics. Fishing is 24 hours and with the help of the very experienced guides and owners chances of bagging a PB are very good.
Giant Siamese carp and other carp species at Dreamlake and many other fishing lakes in Thailand will take a variety of baits on any given day. Popular methods at Dreamlake are rice flour and bread mix used with Thai style wire cage method feeder. Bread pieces molded around the hook can also work well for larger specimens.
For anglers used to hair rigs, boillies and pop-ups, these techniques have been successful at Dreamlake over the years. Patience and good ground baiting can be the key to these methods. There are plenty of smaller bait fish around so small baits can be tricky unless fished on light float tackle targeting the smaller species.
The lake itself is quite deep so float fishing (unless in very shallow margins) is done with sliding float rig. The most effective bait seems to be bread flake molded to the hook with a small sinker weight to take it straight down to the baited area. The floats are stick type and stopped by either a stop knot or rubber band set at the correct depth. For bite detection at night use fluorescent light tips or Thai style bells attached to the rod tip.
European style carp fishing setup at Dreamlake. Essential baitrunners and rod pods for relaxed fishing. Dreamlake is open 24hrs for guests to fish until their hearts content from bankside or private fishing pontoon next to each bungalow.
The lake is stocked with many other exotic fish species which can be targeted on the same rigs and setups as the carp but using different baits and varied techniques. A favorite for the predators is hair rigged sausage pieces.