Phuket is located south of Thailand and also happens to be Thailand’s largest Island. This beautiful Island is home to stunning beaches and resorts, clear turquoise water and sunny-all-day weather (for the most part). All in all, the Island is perfect for those who enjoy diving, snorkeling and swimming. Phuket, being surrounded by the Andaman Sea, is also great for game fishing. The waters around the Island are well-known to have tons of Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish and Yellow fin Tuna fish. Just to name a few. So when exactly is the best time for catching the most fish in Phuket? Well, first we need to talk about Thailand's “seasons”.
Thailand’s Two “Seasons”
As you might already know, Phuket has what is known as a "dry season" and a "rainy season (with northern parts of Thailand having an additional "cool season"). The dry season is the season when there's lots of sunshine, hot days and barely any rain, usually starting around November and ends in April. During the rainy season it obviously rains a lot (hence the name). It typically rains every day or so and not for the whole day if you’re lucky. This wet season tends to start in May and usually comes to a halt sometime in October.
Phuket Rainfall and Relative Humidity
Averages Calculated From a Ten Year Data Sample
When to Fish in Phuket
Now, let’s talk about fishing and Thailand's seasons. Generally speaking, Phuket offers for the most part quite a decent amount of fish all year round no matter what month of the year it is. However, to increase your chance in catching nice fish and lots of them, we recommend that you jump on a boat to fish during the middle to the end of the rainy season (July-October). Though these might be the best months for fishing, do keep in mind that the weather out on the sea can be harsh and very windy during this period. If our captain thinks it's unsafe to head out for fishing, we will cancel the trip for your safety as well as the crew's.
DID YOU KNOW?
Phuket was originally called “Phukej” (ภูเก็จ) which loosely translates to “City of Glass” or “Mountain of Glass”. “Phukej” was then thought to have been changed to “Phuket” (ภูเก็ต) during the ruling of King Rama V, maybe to simplify the pronunciation and spelling of the Island’s name. Other sources say that due to the back and forth translation of “Phukej” resulted in someone mistakenly writing a “t“ instead of a ”j”, and so the name “Phuket” was used instead of “Phukej”.
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