• An appointment with the ‘Bangkok hooker’

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    Karen Kunawicz

    By now, quite a few of you have caught on and figured out that the phrase ‘Bangkok hooker’ means more than it used to. When I mention it nowadays, I get another two-word phrase in return—‘crazy fisherman.’

    Sittipon “Oz” Chanarat gives off a Jack Sparrow vibe and looks a lot like someone you’d find more often in a rock club than in all sorts of places where he might find fish. He brings a fresh, fun and exciting new perspective on fish, fishing, adventure and travel through his videos.

    Oz was in Manila earlier this year and I got to chat with him a bit:

    Fan Girl: So, Norman Reedus who is Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead said he once tried to catch fish by using bacon as bait, going on the assumption “everyone likes bacon, right?” He didn’t catch anything—how good is bacon as a lure?

    Oz: Yes, it works. It just depends on where he was fishing, and what time of the day and whether there are fish in that area. Just because you throw something in the water, doesn’t mean there is anything there that will bite it, right? You can’t just open a restaurant in the desert and expect people to come.

    How do you end a “fight” with a fish?

    To make the fight short, you want to have adequate fishing line. You want to have equipment strong enough for that fish. A lot of people try to show off and say, “Oh, I caught a 100-lb fish using only 15-lb equipment.” Or, “I caught a 150-lb fish with only 10-lb equipment,” right? So it’s a like a penis-measuring contest. It makes no sense. That’s what it is, right? Like “I’m more macho than you.” For me, I care more about the fish than the length of my genitalia.

    In the golf course video you had a bit of a struggle with that giant fish.

    Yeah. The species you saw is called “arapaima,” which is very easy to stress. I don’t want it to die, because it’s a magnificent creature. It took many years to grow to that size. It doesn’t need to die today because I need to be cruel on camera.

    With that fish, you don’t want to bring it on land either, because it will panic and die. Another really crazy thing about the arapaima is, like many species of fish they actually don’t breathe underwater.

    You mentioned something about fish drowning. That’s such an alien concept to some of us.

    Some fish actually evolved to be able to breathe air, because the water they live in might have low oxygen. So for example, in countries with really murky waters, we see the fish come up, and they come back down. Catfish do that sometimes. Snakeheads do that. You know there are snakeheads here in the Philippines too. So arapaima’s no different. It comes up for air and goes down. But if it’s too tired, it cannot come back up. It just sinks and drowns. So for me, for that species in particular, I needed to catch it fast. I needed to hold it in my arms in the water, not outside the water.

    The thing is, when you shoot, like in a fishing show, they try to take as many angles of the fish as possible. So ideally, you want the fish to be in the most amount of comfort possible and not die.

    Bangkok Hooker is on Discovery SEA’s Facebook and YouTube page every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 pm.

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