Phuket Fishing Sites

Phuket has numerous advantages over other destinations when it comes to big game fishing. The fact that it has yet to come into the international spotlight as a gamefishing venue means that there are plenty of whoppers out there waiting to be caught and the waters of the Andaman Sea provide perfect conditions for many of the best gamefish in the world.

Compared to many other gamefishing destinations, Phuket is fortunate, as "extreme” weather and sea conditions are uncommon. Very few fishing days are lost due to heavy seas or tropical storms. 

Phuket has two major weather patterns. The "dry” season is generally from mid October – mid May. During this period, the winds are from the north east and sea conditions are normally good. During the "rainy” season, June – October the winds are from the south west and this sometimes results in long waves and gentle swells. The peak season for fishing off Phuket generally coincides with the peak period for tourists. October, November and December are usually the most productive months for Marlin and Sailfish. July, August and September are good for Sailfish and Wahoo. 

Our fishing charters leave from Chalong Pier, Ao Chalong which is in the south of Phuket. There are two places that you can choose between for your days fishing. 

RACHA YAI: The islands of Racha Yai and Racha Noi are located just 12-20 miles from Phuket, and provide great fishing for those wishing to target Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado, Giant Trevally, Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda and Wahoo. On the crossing to the Racha Islands, and for the duration of the morning, we troll for the above species, and occasionally south of the islands Black Marlin can be encountered, and therefore a concentrated effort will be made to hook one! 

Sailfish are present year round, and the best time to target them is during the afternoon. The Sailfish here range between 40 -180 pounds. Trolling Tuna belly – strips close to the islands can produce multiple strikes and has got to be one of the most exhilarating experiences in the world of angling! Most days Sailfish can be spotted tail-walking and jumping in large numbers close by the islands. When this happens, it’s a case of steering the boat in their direction in an effort to put the lures right over the top of them. Then it’s a case of get ready, and hope that the strikes come! 

RACHA NOI: The rocky pinnacles to the south of Racha Noi Island can offer sizzling sport with Black Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo and several other desirable gamefish. It is here where the vast schools of Giant Trevally regularly embark on their feeding sprees. On such occasions, popper-casting can result in a memorable fishing session. Jigging over the pinnacles can also produce exciting action with Giant Trevally, Rainbow Runners and even the occasional Dogtooth Tuna. 

THE DROP OFF: The drop-off is 22 miles west of Phuket, on the continental shelf and offers a good chance of Black Marlin. It is also the haunt of Skipjack and Yellowfin Tuna- though rarely trophy size. Wahoo, Barracuda, Rainbow Runners and Dorado are other species often caught here. The Skipjack action is normally very good all year here. Sailfish do show up occasionally but seldom in great numbers. 

THE SIMILAN ISLANDS: We can also offer a liveaboard fishing trip to the Similan Islands which is located approx 60 miles North West of Phuket. This marine national park consists of nine islands which offers some of the most diverse reefs around. Fishing is not allowed within the marine park to protect this beautiful area, so we ensure that all our fishing takes place well outside the boarders. The fish that can be found in this area are Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Skipjack and Barracuda. Also popper casting and jig fishing for Giant Trevally and Dogtooth Tuna can be very productive as well as night bottom fishing for Grouper. 

KOH ROK/KOH HA: Located 56 miles south east of Phuket, these 2 islands have been mentioned in several sailing magazines because of its beautiful white beaches, the crystal clear water, the fantastic reef and excellent shelter for the night. 

The coral reef on the east side of Koh Rok Nok is superb for snorkeling, and with a little luck you might catch a lobster for your dinner! 

This destination is known from fishing magazines under the name "Longnose Island", because of the impressive numbers of Sailfish located there. 

The local record of 24 Sailfish on one boat in an afternoon says it all. 

The fact being that the Sailfish in this area aren't very active before afternoon, so anglers usually target some of the many other species like King Mackerel, Wahoo, Barracuda, Dorado, Giant Trevally, Rainbow Runner and Tuna in the morning. 

In the afternoon the target is Sailfish, and the most common techniques used are slow trolling with Tuna belly strip bait, or live bait. 

For the fly fisherman, this destination is "right up there" regarding the chance of hooking up with a Sailfish. 

A bonus while fishing this destination is a stop at the island group Koh Ha. 

The crystal clear waters of up to 60 meters of visibility lend a fantastic opportunity to swim, snorkel and view the many species of marine life present there – yet another way of enjoying what the Andaman Sea has to offer! 

THE ANDAMAN ISLANDS: Explore the Andaman Islands, an area that has the potential to be one of the hottest fishing spots in the world! 412 miles west of Phuket lie this archipelago of 329 islands, an unspoiled region of uncharted waters that has never known any commercial fishing. The underwater terrain of mountains and canyons provide a home and a playground for a wide variety of gamefish - from Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Giant Trevally and King Mackerels to the larger billfish of Blue Marlin, Black Marlin and Sailfish as well as 10 species of sharks including Reef, Tiger and Black Tip Sharks. The Andaman Islands trip is ideal for the hard-core angler where the possibility to catch large billfish in great numbers is there. Experience some of the best saltwater fishing you could possibly imagine! 

Fishing boats chartered for the Andaman Islands trip are long range boats that are equipped with all the amenities to make your liveaboard stay a comfortable and enjoyable one.