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Bored. So with the lack of any other responsibilities, I sacked it all off and jetted off with fishing rods, camera and beer tokens in hand. Eleven countries and fourteen months later I was back in the same chair, skint, and wishing I could do it all over again. 
And who knows, maybe I will. 

The links at the right are my haphazard diary of the trip down the long road to nowhere, from Bangkok to Belize, from good to great, and from bad to even worse.

But I'd still get on the plane again tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand. Fishing at Bung San Lam puddle, Bangkok, life afloat on Sri Nikharin Reservoir after Snakeheads and anything that survives the nets. Fun down on the Andaman Islands of Koh Phi Phi & Koh Lanta, and a trip fishing up the River Kwai valley via Kanchanaburi, Soi Yat Yai and finally Khao Laem up near Myanmar... and all the way back again. 

Onto Laos for a couple of weeks' sabbatical.  Attempting to catch something (fish!) from the Mekong at beautiful Don Det in the 4000 Islands interspersed with a nasty brush with Asian Arse.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Don Det

 

 

Malaysia, the heat and stench of Kuala Lumpur, a trip to fish Tasik Temengorr in the far north. Onto the paradise islands of Pulau Perhentian Kecil for some beach life. Wearing down some Snakeheads at Tasik Kenyir. Then some Sailfish at Kuala Rompin and then finally getting lost in the jungle rivers south of Taman Negara at Sungai Lembing on the trail of the enigma which is the Malaysian Red Mahseer- the Kelah. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

Sydney in winter... So up to Darwin on the trail of Spanish Mackerel & Barramundi, walkabout across the outback- Barra fishing in a knackered station-wagon through Kakadu. A disastrous visit to the shanty town of Borroloola and ending up in the cultural centre that is Mount Isa. Up to the remote retirement resort of Karumba. Looking for huge Barra (and not finding them) at Lake Tinaroo. Then a ten day live-aboard trip Black Marlin fishing off Cairns in the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef. All tipped off with a road-trip all the way down the east coast and back to Sydney again.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

 

 

Land of rain and wind. Encountering drunkenness, Snapper fishing, Hapuka, pneumonia and psychopathic trailer-trash in the North Island. Then another giant road trip on the trail of Eels, mountains, rivers, whales, trout and Eagle Rays down in the south. Then realising it's just like Britain really, except 10000 miles away.

The Pacific paradise that is the Fiji Islands. Nutters in Nadi, shite in Sigatoka, and wondering what Kava is all about. Falling out with the locals,  island hopping up in the Yasawas & the Mamanucas, and ultimately failing to catch a big Giant Trevally, although the little fellas and the Mangrove Jacks did come out to play.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Tropical Island Hopping

 

 

A stopover in Los Angeles for a few days, briefly loitering with the nutters of Santa Monica and Venice Beach before slipping south to San Diego. 

Into Mexico at Tijuana then through Baja California via Ensenada and the dusty toilet that is Guerrero Negro, on the way down to La Paz and the 51st State of Cabo San Lucas. Shifting onto Oaxaca via Mexico City and finding the beautiful hippy-dippy south coast at Ziploite & Mazunte. The odd tangle with Tuna, Yellowtail Kingfish, Mahi Mahi &  local knobheads. Finally up to Yucatan at beautiful Tulum- all the while struggling to find a days fishing for under a million bucks.

City Of Angels Gringo Baiting
Hippy Dippy Paradise
Fish Species on The Trip

 

 

The photogenic rubbish tip that is Guatemala next. Volcanoes, Maya temples, Lago De Atitlan, plastic bags and small fish as usual instead of Sailfish & Roosterfish down on the Pacific Coast at Iztapa & Puerto De San Jose, & failing to catch big Snook on the Rio Dulce at Livingstone.

Lovely Belize to finish on. Some more Snapper and a taffle with Stingrays fishing at Dangriga & Hopkins, then a trip down the coast to paradise Placencia and the usual Barracuda & Jacks- with a trip to hospital thrown in for good measure. And all in the loveliest setting. Such a pity that by now I was skint.

Click above to see some thumbnails- from Little Loach to Munker Marlin.

Part 1 (and 1 only) Creole Coconuts
 

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