Chiang Khong & The Giant Catfish

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    Once upon a time, long ago before the Xayaboury dam the catfish were quite plentiful in the Mekong near Chiang Khong.
    April was catfish season & there was a constant line of boats with nets out across the Mekong to catch these monsters of the Mekong.
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    Fisherman camped out beside the Khong; & the boats took it in turns to sail out & drop as net as they went.
    They then drifted downstream a little & pulled in the net as they came back closer to shore.
    The next boat went out & dropped his net & the next boat again repeated the process, such that there was a constant net across the river hoping to catch a big one.
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    When a fish was caught it was tied up to a bamboo pole in the river.
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    But since the dam construction started the numbers started to decline & no with the dam, no more giant catfish are caught.

    Those golden days for the Mekong fishermen are gone now.
     
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    2004 cutting up a giant catfish at Chiang Khong.
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