Our Fishing Rules in video format

General Rules & Regulations for Our Fishing Resort, updated 14 Dec 2014

Please remember that all staff and management at EFT want you to have a fun but safe experience while at our resort. A lot of our rules and regulations may seem a little strict but they are for your own safety, accidents happen easily especially when dealing with these extremely strong fish.

Exotic Fishing Thailand is strictly a catch and release fishery. The prime concern is that everyone takes care of the fish so that you give the opportunity for others to catch specimen fish in pristine condition. Our fish are very rare and are some of the largest in the world. The rules are to protect them.

Everyone who fishes here will have a fishery guide available to assist them particularly in the netting of and handling of the fish. Please listen to the guides and take note of what they say as their decision on rigs and fish care is final.

The guides look after up to 4 customers at a time their job does not include; making your ground bait balls, casting or striking your rods. They are there to offer advice, make sure you are fishing safely and to net your fish and take care of the fishes safety. They are happy to help as needed where they can.

Before commencing to fish we will check your drag setting on your reels. Please do not attempt to back-wind the fish as they make very incredibly powerful fast runs. Once the fish is ready to be netted the guide will net the fish for you.

NO fish are allowed to be taken onto the bank. If you want to be photographed with your fish you will have to get into the water. The guide will tell you when you can enter the water for a photo. This is at your own risk. Please remove all watches, rings, necklaces, etc. and get your camera ready before entering the water and handling the fish. This will help to release all fish quickly and safely. If the fish is showing signs of stress it will be returned immediately without a photo.

When holding fish for photos please step back from the concrete swim, keep the fish as low to the water as possible and keep your hands away from the fish’s gills and mouth. Most fish have some sharp spikes or gill plates etc so please listen to the guide and do not lift the fish on your own. 

We DO NOT weigh fish at EFT, we give weight ESTIMATES BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCE. Our weights are usually to the low side as we don’t like to inflate any weights like some other fisheries. 

EFT provides all the necessary fishing tackle and rigs, hooks, etc. Tackle of anglers using their own equipment will be checked for suitability prior to fishing.

Please let us know when you arrive or before if you have a target species in mind so we can try to accommodate you the best we can.

Please also keep in mind that you are in Thailand and some our staff do not speak English as their first language so please be patient if there are any misunderstandings.

If for any reason there is an accident or someone needs medical assistance please blow the whistle as loud and often as you can to attract attention of a guide or anyone close by who can assist you or the person in need of assistance.

All guests will be given a copy of the SPECIFIC RULES OF THE FISHERY which they will be expected to read and sign before fishing to acknowledge that they agree with and will abide by ALL rules.

By signing our waiver you also agree that Exotic Fishing Thailand, its directors, and employees, will not be held responsible for your or your accompanying guests safety while on our premises. This includes while in the lake and especially while handling the fish.


  1. Exotic Fishing Thailand is open for fishing between 08:00 am and 07:00 pm you may start fishing when the whistle blows at 8 am.
  2. Fishing guests are required to pay for their Fishing Ticket upon arrival, leave a copy of their passport and then settle for drinks and food before leaving.
  3. A charge of 8,000 baht will be charged to any anglers who LOSE a rod and reel in the lake. If the bait runner is engaged and the rods are not left unattended then there should be no lost equipment. A broken rod is charged at 4,000 Baht each.
  4. Only bait supplied by by Exotic Fishing Thailand is to be used.
  5. No wire traces are to be used, only hook links supplied by EFT will be permitted.
  6. All static rods must be used with bite indicators or floats.
  7. When free lining bait for predators the rod must be held and all slack line wound in, and the fish not to be allowed to run any distance with the bait prior to striking, to try and avoid deep hooking.
  8. Carp fishing hook links must not be more than 100 mm between the hook and feeder, to try and prevent deep hooking. We prefer you use our hook links.
  9. If we have pre-approved that you can use your own carp fishing tackle but it must be suitable and spooled up with a minimum of 30lb nylon or 50lb braid. This is for bottom fishing only.
  10. Only EFT predator tackle to be used unless approved by management before fishing.
  11. Do not play the fish too hard or too soft. We will be checking drag settings to avoid this. If you fight too hard you may lose or harm the fish and too soft you may also harm the fish.
  12. Do not strike fish too hard or more than once; a single firm strike is enough to set the hook.
  13. No swimming or wading in the lake or stock ponds - ONLY enter the water after being instructed by the guide for the purpose of being photographed with your catch.
  14. No litter to be left at any time including cigarette ends. Use the litter bins and ashtrays provided.
  15. Do not use the boats under any circumstances.
  16. ALL fish must be landed by the guides using an EFT landing net or cage.
  17. Do not leave rods unattended anytime. Lost rods are the responsibility of the angler at 8,000 baht per rod & reel, broken rods are charged at 4,000 each.
  18. Anglers must ALWAYS signal to a guide by blowing the whistle once they have hooked a fish. Whistles will be provided.
  19. ALL additional rods must be reeled in when playing a fish for the safety of fish and angler.
  20. No illegal substances to be brought onto or consumed on EFT property. This is our property and we abide by all Thai laws. IF ASKED by any visiting police we will point out any issues.
  21. No outside Alcohol, Drinks of any kind, or other unidentified liquids will be allowed onto the premises.
  22. Please report immediately any injured fish or fish you see acting in an unusual manner.
  23. All junior anglers under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult who has signed for them. Exotic Fishing Thailand is not responsible for your child’s safety while on our premises.
  24. No shouting across the lake. Please respect other peoples fishing experience and privacy.

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