Fishing in Vietnam, how to fish and what to catch

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I will be very grateful for information on fishing – who has been to Vietnam recently. What is the price when best – day, night? Where to try and where not. Were in 2007, tried to catch the day – took a fishing boat in Mui Ne – absolute nil. So only funny take off over the water small flocks of fish. And of course remember the way to the boat on a funny wicker “basin” the four of us, and insanely delicious iced coffee in a beer mug.

We’re going at the end of November this time. And I’m a fishing maniac.

Re: Fishing in Vietnam

VietNamKa ” November 13, 2009, 15:26

Saltwater fishing is not advised. But in Muin, they have started offering river fishing – a lake where you catch, then you get it all cooked and eat it there.

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Anin ” November 13, 2009, 16:16

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VietNamKa ” 14 Nov 2009, 08:17

I don’t know exactly. But something up to 50 dollars. This will include a car, escort, fishing and dinner.

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izzja ” 14 Nov 2009, 09:54

On Fukuoka offered night squid, looks cool the price of a question with the Russian-speaking 100bakinskih, with Anglophone. 40-50.Not happened, but told – it is interesting. This time for sure!

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Re: Fishing in Vietnam

Vinh ” 14 Nov 2009, 14:50 pm

Why? And then, if one is fishing from the shore with a rod, one hardly has to pay anyone. Squid is another matter, you need a boat and a high-powered lamp for baiting squid.

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Re: Fishing in Vietnam

KimCa(2) ” 14 Nov 2009, 18:36

You can catch fish from the shore and do not pay, but in Vungtau, Saigon and other places there are lakes for fishing, they give you rods, bait, etc. The fish is different, then they weigh it, take the money – it was specially bred or run, and cook as you wish, or you take it home. The cost is about the same as buying live fish at the market.

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Re: Fishing in Vietnam

Anin ” 14 Nov 2009, 21:13

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VietNamKa ” November 15, 2009, 09:59

KimCa(2) wrote: Catch from the shore and do not pay, but in Vungtau, Saigon and other places there are lakes for fishing, they give you rods, bait, etc. The fish is different, then they weigh it, take the money – it was specially bred or run, and cook as you wish, or you take it home. The cost is approximately equal to the purchase of live fish in the market.

Fishing in Vietnam

How many times have we fished in Saigon – not once have we caught)))) Either the fish are overpopulated there, or there’s a problem with the bait. But it’s still interesting. The main thing is not the result, and participation))). But there, as a rule, you can feed crocodiles.

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Mr. Co ” November 30, 2009, 13:47

For those interested in fishing! In Nha Trang you can go fishing on a special lake, stocked. With the preparation of the caught fish in the aftermath! Possible multi-kilogram catch for a couple of hours or three hours, and about sea fishing in Nha Trang – in my opinion, just a waste of money. Well, take a ride on the sea, of course, has never stopped anyone, but to rely on a catch is not necessarily! Moreover – contraindicated!

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Fishing in Vietnam

And here is a fish. In addition to these in the lake is also found in the red color. Unfortunately, I do not know its name. (((

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Re: Fishing in Vietnam

Vinh ” 01 Dec 2009, 22:21

It looks like this fish is a common tilapia, imported fillets of which from Vietnam are sold in every, even the most remote Russian store. How does fishing in a pond compare to fishing at sea? And the red colored fish is called ‘red tilapia’.

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Re: Fishing in Vietnam

KimCa(2) ” 01 Dec 2009, 22:31

Our tourists successfully fish in the sea in Phanrang, even from the shore, and go out to sea with the locals. In Mui Ne, several tour companies organize fishing, tourists like it.

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Re: Fishing in Vietnam

Mr. Co ” December 02, 2009, 08:18

Well, that’s my point: “Well, ride the sea, of course, has not stopped anyone, but expect to have a catch is not necessarily! And the pleasure – it is certainly present! In the port of Nha Trang you can always rent a boat and you will be taken on the territory of the National Marine Park Hon Mun. Beauty! If you are lucky you will catch fish with the whole company!

Re: Fishing in Vietnam

Anin ” 07 Dec 2009, 18:07

People, I’m back yesterday! Great advice to everyone – 2 weeks is not enough, you need at least 3. The fishing was not what I wanted, so I didn’t even waste my time. And your advice also confirmed my conclusions. But we rode bikes from Hanoi to Halong – what an adventure. The rules of the road, double lane and other excesses of civilization are advisory, and all the buses I would tear bibiki – are carried out at breakneck speed, mostly on the wrong side of the road is really scary. And when it got dark, and ahead of us another 50 km into the unknown, the adrenaline was off the scale. Scruffy, but undefeated drove to Tlanchau Island! I noticed a national peculiarity – when you ask a Vietnamese man a question to which he does not know the answer – he will answer you anyway, because for them it’s much more embarrassing not to answer at all, than to send the wrong way. After 40 minutes we were oriented by the people laying the asphalt – they gave one correct answer in the international sign language to the three of them after the meeting. Also realized an interesting thing: the same words in Vietnamese with different intonation have different meanings. For example, our friend’s name is Le Minh Tu. If you pronounce the word “TU” questioningly – you will get “star”, and if you say it with an intonation downwards, as we do – you will get “prison”. So think about what she thought the girl from reception, when we told her that schesh our friend from prison will come in general we laughed – that they are above us that we are above them. Especially cool was when going to drink for three of us Battle local rum, we asked the waitress to bring us shot glasses, she, okinuv us three thoughtful glance brought 4 glasses than knocked out all under the table for 10 minutes, where we were building versions, who 4?

On the subject – there was an opportunity in Hoi An to swim with a local fisherman on a wicker basin for fish, but when I realized that neither in English, nor in Russian or gestures would not be able to explain their demands, I decided to score and enjoy contemplation. And he caught a whole basin of pretty big fish on a kind of mackerel, I suspect a net.

Our itinerary was all X – Hanoi-Halong-Haiphong-Hanoi-Hue-Hoian-Hanoi EH, OK! Anybody who needs anything, I’ll always answer.

Re: Fishing in Vietnam

mbbvlad ” 28 Dec 2009, 08:19

Mr.Co wrote: Fishing is for those who are interested! In Nha Trang you can go fishing at a special lake, stocked. With the cooking of the caught fish in the aftermath! Possible multi-kilogram catch for a couple of hours.

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And where to look for this lake? What are the landmarks? We were in 2007 in Nha Trang on sea fishing – sucks full. But the Viets themselves said that to catch big fish should go far into the sea, and the local border guards did not allow them there. And in coastal waters there are only small fish.

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Vietnamese ” 28 December 2009, 16:39

If you bothered to go to the nearest fishing village and see WHAT they catch with Nets, but have no illusions about sea fishing. There might be big fish somewhere near the Paracel Islands (where the diving is supposed to be awesome), but who will let them in? It is disputed territory.

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Re: Fishing in Vietnam

mbbvlad ” 29 Dec 2009, 01:27

Vietnamese wrote: If you bothered to go to the nearest fishing village and see WHAT they catch with nets, but do not have illusions about sea fishing. Big fish may be somewhere near Parasel Islands (where the diving is supposed to be awesome), but who will let them in? It’s a controversial area.

I bothered to look at what they fish with. But here in Vladivostok they also catch with nets, but the flounder and redfin are not fewer in the sea. And they are still catching.

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Vinh ” 29 December 2009, 13:57

Vietnamese wrote: There may be big fish somewhere near the Paracel Islands (where diving should be super), but who will let them in? A controversial area.

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Vietnamese ” 29 Dec 2009, 19:23

Slava Zinchenko wrote: I bothered to look at what they catch. But here in Vladivostok also catch by nets, but in the sea from this flounder and redfin was not less. And they are caught.

It’s not about what they catch, but that 99% of the catch is small fish. The rare large fish that gets into the net, and goes to the restaurants. The chances of catching any relatively large fish with a fishing rod are dramatically increasing to zero. Although if the important thing is the fact that something bit .

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mbbvlad ” 30 Dec 2009, 04:51

Vietnamese wrote: It’s not what they catch, it’s that 99% of the catch is small. Those rare big fish that get caught in the NET and go to restaurants. The chances of catching anything relatively large on a fishing rod dramatically tend to zero. Although if the important thing is the fact that something has bitten.

I therefore asked where there is this lake to look for stocked – there though that you can catch, and the time to spend I think it’s nice And from the sea one chalk to catch.

What do I need to know about fishing in Vietnam?

Many avid fishermen in Russia would like to go fishing in different exotic places. Some want to get to islands, others want to try fishing in mountain rivers, etc. You can try to satisfy your interest in exotic fishing in Vietnam. In this country is actively developing tourism business. Although the conditions for tourist fishing here is far from ideal, there are already a number of such tours. It is fair to say at once that, having gone on a fishing trip, many are disappointed. But it is not the country itself, but the fact that there is no specialized equipment and normal guides. But fishing in Vietnam for fans remains here is one of the best in Asia for sure. However, before you go, you should carefully study the place where you are going on a fishing trip. It is necessary to know what kinds of fish are there, what is caught, the cost of the guide, the rental boat and gear, as well as other such issues. And it is best to find out from those who have been there, not from tour operators’ brochures.

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General information about fishing in Vietnam

Most of the sea coast of Vietnam is free for fishing. The total length of the coastline of mainland Vietnam is about 3,500 kilometers plus the islands. There are more than 2 thousand sea fish and several dozen shrimp and squid living in the sea water near the shore. In addition, there are several thousand rivers, lakes and other inland bodies of water in Vietnam. Many of them are quite large. There are several hundred species of freshwater fish in these reservoirs and rivers.

Fishing in Vietnam

Fishing in Vietnam

The most common fish species off the coast of Vietnam are tuna, halibut, mackerel and some others. Most of these fish are found off the coast of central Vietnam (Quang Ngai and Binh Thuan provinces). Squid fishing is carried out in the Gulf of Tonkin and on the coast of Phu Quoc Island. On the southeastern coast there is a lot of codfish. A lot of squid and fish are found in the waters of Condao Island.

On most of the coast of Vietnam there are fishing villages. They can be used as a guide for tourists. Where they are found, there are fish. Very often these fishing villages are near the beaches.

Freshwater fish are found in Vietnamese lakes and rivers, natural and artificial waters. In some cases, there are even fish in paddy fields that are flooded. In artificial reservoirs, fishing is charged by their owners. The approximate cost is about $1 per hour. In an hour in some of these places you can catch up to ten kilograms of fish. On the coast of the South China Sea permits are usually required only near military bases, pearl and seafood plantations.

It is also worth bearing in mind that Vietnam has laws prohibiting fishing in some areas. And also there may be some temporary restrictions on catching (during the spawning period, for example).

Different types of fishing in Vietnam

Trolling fishing

Tour operators talk a lot about trolling fishing, but with this type of fishing is not so simple. To begin with, it is worth saying that the equipment and watercraft for this is not everywhere. As a result, on the spot tourists are offered to catch fish from Vietnamese junks. Thus, caught dorado, tuna, marlin and small sharks. In some places you can find a boat. Capacity is usually up to 15 people. The price is $50─70 per person. It is true that these trips often lack spinning gear. If the boat is rented for 2─3 people, then you will have to pay $1200.

Trolling in Vietnam

Trolling fishing in Vietnam.

It is also worth realizing that trolling fishing is not allowed everywhere. In addition, the catch during such fishing in the open sea is highly dependent on the phase of the moon. If the earth’s satellite is close that the tide is small. In this case, there is little cool water near the shore and the fish do not go there. If the moon is as far away as possible, there is a lot of fresh water near the shore and, consequently, fish. It is periods like this that are the “harvest time” for Vietnamese fishermen. In order not to depend on the phase of the moon, you can go further out to sea, but if you fish in the border area, there will be problems with the border guards.

Do not believe the promises of travel agencies about a good catch of marlin. Marlin off the coast of Vietnam is caught only during the short season. Most likely you will not see any marlin outside of that time frame. Return to Table of Contents

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Alligator fishing

Many travel agencies offer plunge fishing from a boat. The approximate price is $50. A junk boat is loaded with 10 ─ 12 people and taken to the nearby islands. While the boat is moving it is plumb fishing. This can be combined with the usual excursion. Upon arrival, some people can swim and sunbathe, while others continue fishing off the coast of the island. The equipment for such fishing is usually simple. A fishing line with a sinker and leads (length 20─30 centimeters) is taken. Donkey, as a rule, is made braided, in order to feel better when the bite. The depth of fishing is usually 30─50 meters. The sinker is made so that the line does not get tangled.

Big game fishing in Vietnam

Big game fishing in Vietnam

When fishing in plumb in Vietnam is usually caught perch of various types and sizes (usually they are 15 ─35 centimeters in length). There are usually two types of plumb fishing in Vietnam. In the first case, the tackle is thrown at a distance from the junk, the weight is lowered to the bottom and waited until the fish swallow the bait. In the second case, the tackle is lowered from the board in a plumb line until the weight touches the bottom. After that, wait for the bite. The role of the bait are anchovies and shrimp. While fishing, the boat drifts at low speed.

For fishing in Vietnam in the plumb most often use gear with a multiplier reel. The Vietnamese almost never use artificial lures. Catch with them is very poor. Locals recommend using salted anchovies. And they bait it in a special way. The hook first passes through the anchovy’s eye and unfolds, and then pierces through the fish’s body. It turns out that the hook comes out from the top. Those who have experience fishing in Vietnam say that it is much more profitable to negotiate a fishing trip directly with fishermen than to buy the services of an excursion firm. The latter usually sell excursions with fishing “as a bonus”.

River Fishing

Fishing in the rivers of Vietnam is quite different from our edges. Fish in rivers of Vietnam is becoming less because of its active catch in recent years. In the mornings, local fishermen often close off rivers with nets and drive fish into them with sticks. This way they catch red Chinese carp and catfish.

River fishing in Vietnam

River Fishing in Vietnam

River fishing should be ordered only from reputable travel agencies. Otherwise, you will be waiting for an excursion and a couple of small carps or nothing. Independently negotiate with fishermen is more reliable, but there are problems with communication in this case. You need a Russian-speaking guide from the locals. There are unnecessary problems and overpayments with intermediaries. River fishing in Vietnam costs about $ 25─35. It is also worth remembering about safety. Most rivers in Vietnam pass through the jungle, but it is strongly not recommended to stop there for fishing. The jungle is home to many poisonous snakes and insects. Many of these species live in the trees. You can find anything here, spiders, scorpions, etc.

Shrimp and various baits are used as bait for river fishing in Vietnam. The catch depends on the place of fishing. And good places know only the local fishermen or guides. Be prepared for the fact that you can return with a big catch or no catch at all. The nibble is not guaranteed, and the duration of such excursions is about half a day. Get ready for the fact that the boat captain and the fishermen do not understand anything in Russian and English. Communication is usually through gestures. Back to Contents

Fishing on paid reservoirs

Paid fishing in Vietnam in special reservoirs costs $ 25─35. But such fishing is much better organized and you will take away from it a decent catch. In addition, these businesses are engaged in a lot of our compatriots living in Vietnam. Which means you will not have to explain in gestures. In such artificial ponds breed catfish, carp, red piranha, some species of perch. In paid reservoirs there are special bridges and pavilions for comfortable fishing. On the spot you can be given bait, bait and the necessary bait. Among the tackles you usually use a dunking rod, but you can bring your own tackle if you have such a possibility. You can also have your catch cooked and you can even be offered a beer.

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Fishing in paid water bodies in Vietnam

Fishing in the paid reservoirs in Vietnam

Many tourists who have tried fishing in paid reservoirs, say that the best catch there is carp and catfish. Piranha and bass are much less common. However, some lucky people catch these fish as well. By the way, some paid reservoirs in Vietnam are sharpened for certain fish species. For example, for bass bass. Moreover, on such lakes with paid fishing you can meet more experienced compatriots, who will advise what and how. Return to content

Fishing on the rice checks

After the rice is sown, the Vietnamese pour water into the checks and let the fish into them. The idea is that the fish will eat the pests that spoil the rice and drain the checks before harvesting. The fish that remain there are caught and eaten (they may be sent for sale).

Small species of fish are usually caught in the rice checks. This macropod, gourami and the like. Caught on a fishing rod with a float and a hook. Tourist firms do not offer this kind of fishing and fishermen make their own arrangements. The owners of the rice paddies usually charge 15 thousand dong. It is not at all cheap. Sometimes they even give you a fishing rod and bait.

Fishing in the sea from the shore

This is the easiest and most accessible type of sea fishing in Vietnam. All you need is a rod with a float and a hook and shrimp as bait. Use small hooks. Some recommend sliced cuttlefish as bait. Catches include gobies, small perch and small coral fish. Here you do not need permits or travel agencies. That said, you can have just as much fun.

Fishing in Vietnam for tourists is still in its infancy. This is evident, for example, because there is almost no offer of fishing in the mountain rivers. And there are plenty of places for this. But tourists from Russia and other countries are gradually mastering the local fishing spots and the infrastructure is gradually improving. Back to content

Tips for tourists on fishing tours in Vietnam

Today quite a few tour operators offer fishing tours in Vietnam. So, there are plenty to choose from. But be prepared for the fact that the wonderful stories about exotic fishing in Vietnam are greatly embellished. One of the main difficulties is to rent a watercraft for fishing in the open sea. In addition, if you go fishing in the border area, you can get problems with the border service.

Fishing in Vietnam

Fishing in Vietnam

In addition, it is difficult to find attendants to talk, at least in English. You can forget about the local fishermen’s knowledge of Russian. Therefore, the main explanations are done with the help of sign language. The boat can be rented for about $1200. It is unlikely to be cheaper. You can go to paid reservoirs. For this you do not need the mediation of tour operators. And if you just want to sit with a fishing rod, you can do it on the beach. And for that you don’t need anyone and don’t need to negotiate with anyone.

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