Captain
Jari Laakkonen

Member since February 2014

Pattaya, Thailand

Background
My father fished for salmon in the waters of the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Father taught me at a young age into the secrets of fishing. We went fishing in my father's boat whenever we had the time. Fishing is my passion. It is always a challenge.
Techniques
Here in Thailand I like to use live bait. But when the sea is rough trolling behind island is more comfortable. High Speed Jigging is a hard work but might have a very good results. We have many artificial reefs with in 20 km distance.

Hey, I'm Captain Jari Laakkonen

Pattaya, Thailand
Background
My father fished for salmon in the waters of the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Father taught me at a young age into the secrets of fishing. We went fishing in my father's boat whenever we had the time. Fishing is my passion. It is always a challenge.
Techniques
Here in Thailand I like to use live bait. But when the sea is rough trolling behind island is more comfortable. High Speed Jigging is a hard work but might have a very good results. We have many artificial reefs with in 20 km distance.
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Fishing Reports

Long Tom Fishing

September 02, 2017

Long Tom Fishing 2nd September 2017 we got 15 Long Tom fish. Lots of action. Jumping fish and high speed dives. Long Tom fishing is a great fun with light rods. Long Tom is very fast and powerful fish… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.46 out of 5 stars from 7 reviews

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Went fishing on Thursday, August 24, 2017

The boat was well equipped, and we had local skipper and deck hand, both had good local knowledge of the waters, unfortunately the owner could not join us. We had only one bit on the main lines which got away more to my lack of experience. we did find a good spot and caught many smaller snappers and barracuda, and little shark. 

The guys did drop us off on the return to swim at a local island which is a nice break for us .  Jari is very kind and friendly and even arranged to let us eat our catch at a local restaurant.
Overall we had a great of day although the big fish still waits me.

Fished August 2017

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Jari Laakkonen (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thank you Liu for the feedback.
Hopefully your food made from your catch was also tasty.
I wish you a good vacation in Thailand.
Jari Laakkonen

Went fishing on Friday, September 16, 2016

It was a great day fishing we caught over 100 mainly small fish but later Spanish mackerel and squid. We cooked the fish on a isolated beach did some swimming just a great day

Fished September 2016

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Jari Laakkonen (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Thank’s for choosing our trip. See you again !

Went fishing on Monday, July 18, 2016

Awesome trip. First, fished a bait fish. After that we put the big fish Sets ask. At the same time, more and fished a bait fish. Food was the case in the journey half way. We ate delicious Thai food. Finally, the tour captain Jari cleaned the fish, which I took with me, and I made my apartment. Regards Harri Suhonen

Fished July 2016

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Jari Laakkonen (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, July 25, 2016

Thank’s a lot and see you again Harri !

Went fishing on Monday, May 23, 2016

From the moment I phoned . Everything was set up , from the date I wanted to fish to sandwiches I wanted for lunch . I can’t fault the communication between the first phone call and the actually fishing day ,may is not high season for sea fishing in Thailand but having said that ! The captain and crew worked very hard to find us some good sport .we were picked up at about 7.30 am from hotel and Taken straight to the boat ’ a trip of about 45 minutes bought us to our first spot were we fished for some bait fish , good sport in its self on light gear , giging , once we had enough bait fish and the tide started to move we moved to a small reef to fish for long tom ( which I know as alligator gar )
With a light wait rod and 20lb line with 12”” wire trace and 3 single hooks about 1’’ apart ! First cast I was into a fish of about 1.2 m
Stayed there for about 2hours and caught 3 fish till the tide stopped ! You need a good run of water for long tom to bite ! Once tide stopped we then went on to see if we could find some King mackerel ! Put out a few live bait fish on heavy gear but no kings ! Bought lines back in only to find one had been bitten for head down , so unlucky , from there we went to a other small reef were we had a few more long tom all about 1.m long . But all in all a very good day out
Thanks to the crew

Fished May 2016

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Jari Laakkonen (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thank’s for fishing with us.
Fishes you got is Long Tom known also as a Alligator Gar.
Fish have a lot of very sharp teeth and bites hard.
See you again !


Went fishing on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The boat and equipment were good. We fished live bait and bottom fishing. Crew of 10 points. Certainly, experienced fishermen.
On the whole, a really good experience. I recommend!
They took us up to swim to the nearby island on the way back.
I will go again next year.

Fished May 2016

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Jari Laakkonen (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Than’s for reply Jari.

I hope we see you again.

Tight lines where ever you fishing !

Went fishing on Sunday, March 8, 2015

Finnish captain did not come. Just two local people who hardly speak English. We just caught one small fish although we tried in different places along the day.
Besides fishing we went to a very nice beach. We also went to snorkel in a place that I would say it was just average.
I am living in Thailand many years and i have gone fishing and snorkeling several times although this was our first time in Pattaya. In general, the other experiences have been more satisfactories than this one.

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Fished March 2015

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Went fishing on Friday, December 26, 2014

The fishing trip was a great time, we had a lot of fun and the captain and deck hand were top notch. Thank you for the trip

Fished December 2014

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Jari Laakkonen (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, February 13, 2015

Thank’s a lot. We had a great day too.