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Big Fish Off Finale At Gillhams Resort!

The Big Fish Off team travelled to Gillhams Resort in Thailand for the finale of season two, which will be screened on ITV in April.

The Big Fish Off 2 finale was filmed at Gillhams Fishing Resort in Thailand, which has been in great form for monster Siamese carp.

The venue is owned by Stuart Gillham, who was known for his catches of big carp in the UK back in the 1980s and 90s, and when he moved to Thailand he dug the lakes himself and stocked them with 49 different species from around the world.

A number of them, including arapaima, Mekong catfish, Chao Praya catfish and freshwater stingray grow to massive sizes – the arapaima go to 500 lb in the 12 acre main lake – but the biggest attraction for many visitors from the UK are the Siamese carp.

The Big Fish Off stars sampled just how good the venue can be, and during filming presenters Ali Hamidi and Dean Macey, plus guests, champion boxer Mitchell Smith and TOWIE reality TV star Ricky Rayment, landed a wide range of species, both small and large, including Siamese carp to 70 lb.

This action-packed episode will hit your screens in early May, with the second series kicking off on ITV this April.
If you want to catch a big Siamese carp then Gillhams, near Krabi, in southern Thailand, is the top destination, as it is set in stunning scenery and the luxury bungalows overlook the lake – you’ll be raring to go every morning as you can hear huge fish crashing out!

One of the main reasons that the Siamese carp is so popular is that catching them isn’t all that different to how we target carp back home in the UK.

Although your tackle – all of which is supplied by the resort - needs to be a lot heavier as Gillhams now has 50 different carp over 100 lb, and several that could potentially be over 200 lb!

Siamese like to feed over a sandy bottom and time spent with a marker rod locating suitable spots will increase your chances. There is a good depth close in, and there is no need to be casting to the middle of the lake.

In the wild these carp are rarely caught as they are plankton feeders, but in captivity they do eat boilies and pellets, although it is best to use smaller hookbaits as they are filter feeders.

A longer hook link of 18 inches or so is best, due to the size of these fish you don’t want it too short, and you’ll need a very strong barbless hook – the Korda Wide Gape X is perfect, tied to a strong braid or coated braid, ideally 40 lb breaking strain.

Many anglers opt for a PVA bag of pellets, and due to the water temperature solid bags are a good idea to ensure it hits the bottom, often in 14 ft of water or more, before it dissolves.

It pays to fish your swim actively, recasting regularly and topping up with bait regularly rather than just putting out a big bed and sitting on it.

Gillhams is also home to a number of other carp species, including the sought after Julians, which is beautiful looking.

Check out www.gillhamsfishingresorts.com Or call +66 (0) 8616 44554 and speak to Stuart or one of his team.

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