HELIAS & HIS FISHING ADVENTURES
by Albert Drachkovitch
Helias has known me for many years. When he was a journalist, already
an avid fisherman, he was reading all of my articles on the subject.
So, a few months ago, when he decided to start up his fishing travel
organization, Fishing Adventures, it was quite natural
for him to remember me and ask for my official sponsorship.
quickly managed to get me interested and invited me over to see
him, fish with him and see for myself the extraordinary sights that
Thailand has to offer.
have been round the world many times. From Patagonia to New Zealand,
from the deep south of Africa to northernmost Russia, from Iceland
to Mongolia, always with my fishing rod in hand, always curious
about new fish species and related fishing methods. But I have to
tell you that my stay in Thailand has been the most fascinating
and exotic of all my travels. The most diversified and enriching
one as much as fishing or human relations are concerned.
have to admit though that the friendship, the immediate complicity
between the two of us, Jean François hospitality, his
fabulous efficiency in averting any problem small or big
his genuine vocation of fisherman, all of it immediately
seduced me. It really gave me a great feeling of absolute safety
for everything we had planned for the three weeks of my stay!
the heat, on occasion, made things difficult for me - but I always
have suffered from it, wherever I have been - the whole trip was
well worth it and a real success. As far as fishing is concerned,
I humbly admit that this old fisherman has learnt quite a few new
Is it not fantastic to be able to write such things, with all my
experience, at 71 years of age? So, I admit I had to come to Thailand
to have my last great Fishing Adventures! For 11 days
and 6 full nights, Jean-François has done it all to show
me his fishing ground. A fishing ground that will keep growing,
no doubt, thanks to the constant research required by the perfect
development of Fishing adventures, as much in Thailand,
his adopted land, as in the neighbouring countries. And it is my
wish to personally overview and contribute to that growth. The wealth
and variety of fish, and fishing techniques, is boundless in Thailand.
Be it close to Bangkok, as the Fishing World
in Minburi - a model of the type I have never seen anywhere else
- or further up, in the superb mountains around Kanchanaburi, or
be it in the huge lakes such as the dam of Khao Laem, I have found
all the seducing tourist and fishing assets required to attract
customers from the world over. This, of course, in addition to the
local regulars, all of them deeply concerned not only by fishing,
but as well by the environment and structure offered allowing for
real family fishing. Which is quite rare!
caught fish everywhere we went, almost 200 kilos altogether. Some
of them really beautiful, and unknown by a vast majority of Europeans.
What also surprised me was the excellent defense quality of these
fish, their strength and exceptional endurance. I know that I have
not seen, nor tried everything yet. And I already have made plans
to make it back in March or April 2000, as recommended by all the
specialists, their own flabbergasting videos helping!
am convinced that after this coming trip, Jean François and
myself have decided to dedicate to fishing carp and carnivore fish
in precise spots, I will have enough selling points to convince
European fisherman to come and test their fishing skill in Thailand.
Not to mention additional great advantages such as the good prices,
the courtesy, the polite and gentle nature of the Thai people.
strongly believe that Jean-François will meet great success
with his Fishing Adventures. His inspiration has been
second to none while giving his adopted land a tool that was missing
and, somehow, sometime, he will gain recognition for it.
am even convinced that with his enthusiasm, his angling qualities,
his honest and intelligent dedication to all, Jean-François
will make his venture more than a success. It will be THE fishing
event of the beginning of this millennium for Bangkok, for Thailand
last love !
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