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TopCats Newsletter November 2014


Resort News
We have been very busy over the last 8 months with building work around the resort.

Swimming Pool / Toilets
The first improvement was to our swimming pool that was refurbished with all the old tiles removed and then the shell was repaired where required then the new finish was put on. We have the Pebble Tech Finish which is a crystal stone that is mixed with white cement and applied like a plaster to the whole pool area. We are the fist to have this done on Koh Samui and one of only a handful in Thailand. The top infinity edging was done in marble and water line which looks fantastic. The whole patio area around the pool was also stripped and new tiles laid also whilst we were working in this area had the Toilets renovated and walkway tiles laid.
That said we have a complete new water sanitisation system installed for the pool changing this to salt water system which gives you a silky feel whilst swimming. The salt water systems are great for pools in Asia and easy to maintain and keep water quality high, they are a little more expensive to buy !! But you get what you pay for as with most things.

Surrounding Walls
Now those that have visited previously will know that we did have Bamboo & Coconut wood surrounding the resort. This has now been all renewed with cement blocks and metal reinforcement which should last much longer and looks very tidy also have many more tree,s around planted to look lush and green. The amount off blocks was ? 1000s lost count when ordering them just kept the trucks rolling in and the cement lorries. Next job was our electrical systems !! We new we had to make some improvements for all our New Bungalows and House Boats so called in a specialist to make a recommendation and basically said we would need to rewire the whole resort !! What had been going on over past years was jumping supplies here their and underground so we have now had the job done. New Breakers and junction box systems all around with all new cables to maintain a balanced power supply on all three phase. We have invested in the future as plane to be around here for the next 30 years or so and like people say better to get things done right the first time.

New King Bungalows
Last year we built our first bungalows and these have been very popular to say the least with people rebooking for their next trip time and time again. We listen to what the customers were saying and built some more !! These are larger than the first ones all built to a very high standard with energy efficient blocks and roofing with double glazed windows and tiles throughout the bungalow. The bathrooms have solid slate tiles wet rooms with hot/cold shower systems that are full power options. What I mean by this is they are supplied by a hot water tank system so in your bathroom you have a mixer head that supplies the shower head same as Holiday Inn or good quality Hotel . I had some difficulty getting these installed as not many people use this out here, but with a little bit off pressure !! got the job done. Same as other Bungalows all have Mitsubishi Air conditioning larger units and super quiet running & cool. The furniture is all solid wood with 2 seater sofa and personal safety deposit box in every bungalow. Tea/coffee making facilities with refrigerator and room fans. They have 32 inch flat screen TV/DVD players and will have 200 Channel Satellite receivers over the next month with Cinamax & Sports etc. Beds are 6 feet King solid wood beds with Dunlopillo Mattress that are top off the line at £1500.00 per unit. I have had the first customers stay and were impressed with the rooms and said had a great sleep over their week. The view over the lake is great to wake up to. The Bungalows are 2 meters above lake level, from all the bungalows you have great view around the resort and can watch the fish jumping and surfacing like you just seen a movie !! Did I just see that ? We have Free Wifi for all customers in the Restaurant area but will have Wifi reaching all Bungalows & Houseboats and around the resort very soon as having a booster system installed as this Newsletter goes out.

New King Bungalows With Balcony
This extra large bungalow is a special unit with all the above King Bungalow options but larger inside and with seated outside space. The bathroom in this one is larger with shower cubical installed that is top notch and full power shower. This one has 42 inch Flat Screen Smart TV/DVD with Surround Sound system and Satellite . Has a larger leather Sofa and coffee Table and larger fridge than the other ones. This Bungalow is a fantastic unit if your looking for that luxury at the water side with all mod cons. We think this one will be very popular so book early.

Houseboats
The House Boats have been very popular too date and we have tried to keep these as up to date and painted every year. The one boat we put a new roof structure on about 2 years ago has worked well giving you about a 40 cm more head room. We have now just converted 3 more boats making them the same also inside boarding out the boats with plaster/smart board with the installation of new lighting and insulation to make them stay cooler in the tropical heat. Also we have put New Beds in two boats giving them a little upgrade. These are still working well and give you a option to keep your accommodation cost down whilst here. The package for a week still £599.00 for 7 nights & 6 days fishing all Tackle supplied and FREE Airport pick up from Koh Samui.

Fishing Shows (20% Discount)

The Carp Society
Winter Show Sandown 29/30 November 2014

Carpin - On
Five Lakes Resort Essex 7/8 March 2015

The Big One
Farnborough 21/22 March 2015

TopCats will be represented at the above shows over the coming months and look forward to meeting new potential customers and catching up with past customers and friends. We will try to answer questions that you may have about your trip to Thailand and up date you on latest catch reports and weather etc. One question that kept coming up when I was at the last show was catch rate ? Answer : Over 1 week average angler 40/50 fish !! We are a RUNS WATER and happy to be so, largest Arapaima to date 330 LBS , Giant Siamese CARP 170 LBS & Harry the Amazon Redtail 180 LBS. We have been on the waiting list for this Carp Society Show for 3 years and hope you support us over this event. Special offer over this show will be any date we have over 2015 paid in full at the show 20% discount . (Must be paid at the Show with cash. Cash is King) The other option is pay deposit £200 at the show for a 10% discount. We will also offer this at our other two shows on a first come basis as once full we are full!!

Arapaima Package Option
We have been doing this package for over 12 months now and has become very popular for both day tickets and people staying at the resort. If your on limited time as we all are in this hectic world this could be for you. 5 Hours in the Arapaima swim for that trophy picture and all that have done this have landed one or more with lake record 10 Arapaima in 5 hours with the lake record at 330 Lbs also falling to the bait. This has to be booked in advance you can not just show up for this option.

1 Person fishing 5 hours
Includes: Arapaima rod + Bait + Guide
Price: 9500THB

Fish Stocking At TopCats For 2015
Our latest stocking for you all to enjoy!
- 6 Arapaima Gigas (over 100KG/1.8 meter long)
- 30 Giant Siamese Carp (10-15KG)
- 40 Julliens Golden Prize Carp (5-8KG)
- 10 Asian Silver Carp (18-20KG)
- Special! 30 Thai Golden Mahseer (4-6KG)

Our lake is now at the optimum stocking levels for the lake size and water depth so we will not be putting any more in for a while unless a 500 Lbs Arapaima came along or some special fish that we just could not say no too !! The catch rate is about right for all our customers with good days and great days average week 40/50 fish landed per week to every angler on the lake. Max 12 anglers at any one time so book early.

Private Swims
We have two swims that are on the top bank farthest away from the restaurant which we put in place last year . These are for people that would like to be little more private and away from any day ticket customers. Each swim is only for 1 person and is just out the door from the King Bungalows. These are only available to staying customers and can be booked at 1000 THB per day or 5000 THB for the week extra cost. They have produced some great Carp and Arapaima / Redtails too date so if you fancy this option just drop me an email and mention when booking and can check availability.

Catch Report
This could go on and on so won't bother you with this just follow us on Facebook TopCats Fishing Resort where we post weekly catch pictures and our customers can post their pictures also. We have had some great fish over the last few months large Carp various colours and markings starting to name a few Tank/One Eye/Red Fin as all great carp waters do over time and you can enjoy targeting that dream one. One fish that I was impressed with was a Golden Arapaima 200 Lbs estimated, with fantastic colours that has never been seen before and never stocked it this colour !! The fish must have changed colours over its life and now we have one large bar of GOLD with a priceless value. Think i will call this one Golden Balls after a certain football player Beckham. Beckham the Golden Arapaima Giga !! As you know we have grown many fish on over the past years and have Redtail over 180 Lbs called Harry and many waiting for their name tag !! We pride ourself in the care we take off these fish and all are part off our family at TopCats. So you must realise if we say take the picture quickly and you will need 2/3/4 people to hold that fish please listen and respect our resort and rules. When taking pictures at night you need a proper camera as phones and iPads don,t take a good picture and you need a flash for the best results. Please take some quality pictures and email to me at shaun@fishinginthailand.com and you could be in our gallery soon!!