A “trip of a lifetime” are the words that describes Abbots Langley man Alan Cripps who travelled to Thailand with a group of mates for a fishing trip.
Alan, 56, of Raymond Close, went on a tour of Thailand for 12 days with his group of mates to catch the biggest fish they possibly could.
They visited Krabi, Pa Tong, Puket to catch Siamese Carps and Catfish which can weigh over 100lbs.
Of the trip Alan said: “It was awesome. It’s one of those things when it came up a year ago ‘should we do it’ but it was a trip of a lifetime.
“We went with the intention of catching Carp and I managed to catch three in the first day which was incredible. Even the locals that work there said that doesn’t happen often – it was a bit special.”
Alan has been a fishing enthusiast for over 50 years when his dad first introduced his to fishing.
He is part of the Boxmoor and District Angling Club and has a keen interest in the ecology of the ecosystem as well as the fishing.
Alan added: “They do as much as possible to look after the fish. They never leave the lake – they’ll let you take a picture and see how much it weighs then let it back into the lake. The staff are very good at judging how much the fish weigh. I said to my wife that they look after the fish than we do to our dog.”
Whist on the trip, Watford played their FA Cup semi-final game against Wolves and to celebrate watching the game Alan gave his mate, who support West Ham and Spurs, specially designed Watford shirts to watch the game in one of the local bars.
Alan said his mates became fans for the match and was a great game according to Alan.
He has now brought tickets for the final against Manchester City.
The next adventure for the group is a trip planned to France in July.