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Fishing Trip of a lifetime for my 40th..I stumbled across TopCats during a holiday with my fiancé in Feb 2017 and couldn’t resist making an enquiry. It was a fairly busy time of the year but after speaking with the owner Shaun, he was able to book me in for a morning session later that week. I returned with my partner and I fished. The Thai guides were superb and really try hard to help you catch. Shaun was welcoming and the food served whilst in your swim was delicious. It was a 6 hour session that left me very hungry for more. I had pacu, lost a few fish but managed a 70lb plus Siamese Carp right at the death. I was elated.I returned in December for my 40th for a week. A self indulgent treat, but why not.Shaun arranged transport from the airport and I was met with a warm greeting on my arrival in spite of being very late due to lost luggage. I stayed in one of the lakeside bungalows and boy was I ready for the bed. It was extremely comfortable with a wet room, king size bed, fridge with a freezer and a tv not that I watched it. It sure beat the hell out of staying in a Bivvy and each morning I woke up fresh ready for another awesome days fishing.I was thoroughly spoilt. I caught just over 100 fish 60 of which were between 40lb - 150lb. I caught not one but 2 Arapaima on my 40th which was a dream come true. I also smashed my previous PB several times over and the biggest Carp was over 100lb. I caught Mekong, gorgeous Redtail catfish up to about 85-90lb, Chinese carp, Black minnow shark, Niger Catfish. The most I caught in a day was 20 fish plus a few lost but I actually conceded at 20 as I was exhausted. Although I could fish 8am to 8pm I rarely did with the exception of my last day.The trip couldn’t have been better, my guide Tam taught me some great ways to catch Mekong on the drop and went out of his way to ensure that as soon as I’d returned a fish. My first rod was ready and waiting to be re cast after being wound in during battle. Even though I’ve fished since I was 11 I learned a great deal and the trip ignited my appetite for fishing again it was like I’d rediscovered the passion I had for it as a young boy.The food menu is varied and all the dishes I had were fantastic. I hired a car for the evenings to venture out to see other parts of the island and dine out just for a change of scene and get a good massage. I was concerned that Shaun might have been a bit put out by that but it mattered not a bit. I’ve heard some of these fishing lakes in Thailand insist you buy all your food at the venue, but all Shaun was concerned about was that I enjoyed my time there.The lake is close to shops and restaurants so I was never at a lose end in the evening. It was perfect.The thing that impressed me the most was the emphasis on fish care. All the guides have clearly been well schooled by Shaun and proved invaluable when I caught species I’d never caught before. Iodine is in every swim and the entire lake is aerated so fish can be held over the oxygen to enable recovery after hard fights. I didn’t catch or see a single damaged fish, they were all in top condition. A real testament to Shaun and his team.Overall I had the holiday of a lifetime for what I considered excellent value for money and I would not hesitate to go again. I spoke to some anglers from Singapore who have fished all over Thailand and they confirmed that TopCats was by far the best venue they had visited.