Classification of Fishing Boats
Basically there are two types of Big Game Fishing Boats which we call "Fishing Trollers" and "Sports Boats". Fishing trollers are further divided between "budget" and "superior". The Budget Fishing Trollers have no live-aboard accommodation and are therefore only used for day fishing trips around the shores and local waters of Phuket. The Superior Fishing Trollers have on-board accommodation, specialized deep sea angling equipment and are capable of longer range fishing expeditions.
Budget Fishing Trollers
Budget Fishing "Trollers" (not to be confused with "Trawlers", which pull nets) - such as Mena 1, Mena 2, Mena 3 & Mena 5 (4 is unlucky in Thailand), are the traditional Thai boats and single inboard diesel engine vessels with a maximum speed that allows you to fish from departure to arrival.
For safety reasons these craft have a limited range and rarely go beyond Phi Phi, Racha Noi, or the "Drop Off".
Budget Trollers have a toilet and a limited galley (lunch & soft drinks included) but no accommodation and no hotel pick-up /delivery service, with the exception of "Superior Fishing Trollers" which will do hotel transfers.
Superior Fishing Trollers
Superior Fishing Trollers (Thai 2 On, MV Hooker, Wahoo 4 & Queen Marlin) have accommodation and like our "sports boats" carry all the latest safety and navigational equipment, and are appointed to a very high standard. Hotel pick-up / delivery, lunch, snacks and soft drinks are all included.
Sports Fishing Boats
Sports Fishing Boats such as 4 Reel usually have seriously powerful twin inboard engines and as such are capable of 20/30 knots, they will take you where you want to go at speed and are most often used for The Similan Islands with some having extended fuel tanks to cater for The Andaman Islands (India) trips. All these boats have full accommodation but are much more expensive and use copious amounts of fuel. Reel Hooker & Reel Blue are the ultimate in Big Game Fishing Boats and are Andaman capable.