Learning a few Thai words and phrases can make a visit to the tackle shop a lot easier, and it’s also nice to be able to exchange a few words with the locals at the lake. If you are taking Thai children fishing and attempting to teach them how to fish it quickly becomes essential! I am far from fluent myself, but have managed with the able assistance of my long haired boss to put this page together. I hope you find it useful in some way.
If you think of other words/phrases that should be added (not the swearing for when one gets away – everyone understands that already… ) then please send us an email or leave a comment on this page. I will do my best to get them added.
hûay (ห้วย) = natural stream fed lake (e.g. Huay Tung Thao in Chiang Mai)
dtà kŏr (ตะขอ) = hooks
yók kan bèt kêun (ยกคันเบ็ดขึ้น) = raise the rod (to tell beginners when they are trying to play a fish)
Make these courtesy comments at the right time in a busy fishing park and those around you will be way impressed. Finding a foreigner who understands the etiquette of packed fishing parks is rare indeed!
chék săai (เช็กสาย) = dropping your rod tip and flicking your line on the surface so that your neighbours can see where it is heading
bplaa sáai (ปลาซ้าย) = fish heading to the left (so look-out neighbours to the left…)
bplaa kwăa (ปลาขวา) = fish heading to the right (so look-out neighbours to the right…)