BANGKOK HOOKER | A DISCOVERY ORIGINAL SERIES
Digital Premiere Tueday 27 June 2017 on Facebook Live
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Famous for diving into rivers after fish and braving rapids for snagged gear, Oz Chanarat, aka Bangkok Hooker, is on a mission to experience the weirdest and wildest fishing adventures Thailand has to offer.
Also watch it on Discovery Channel from Monday 3 July 2017
9.00 PM SEA/KUL
8.10 PM MNL
8.00 PM BKK/JKT
MEET OZ CHANARAT
Born in Thailand, but bred in the states, the tattooed 31-year-old Sittipon 'Oz' Chanarat is THE guy you go to if you want to fish in Thailand. After walking away from a job as a creative consultant at Animax TV channel, Oz turned his fishing blog, which he started in 2009, into a website and gave it the catchy name "Bangkokhooker", fully aware of what that would mean in terms of page hits and building his own fame.
A fanatical angler, Oz spent every spare moment with a rod in his hand, but the persona of the Bangkokhooker was there to reel in the enthusiasts. With a Johnny Bravo voice and a walk like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oz gets to parlay his hobby into a lucrative career.
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Oz grabs his tuxedo and takes us to his kind of casino where he invites one of Thailand's fittest celebrities, Pitta na Patalung, to try her luck and catch her first Mekong Giant Catfish, in a fishing game he invents called "Catfish Roulette".
BANGKOK HOOKER vs GIANT SNAKEHEAD
Oz travels to Bang Phra Reservoir in the East of Thailand. His ultimate mission is to catch his favourite fish species – the Giant Snakehead.
RICE PADI FISHING
Out on the road, Oz jumps on a Thai countryside bus headed to Supanburi Province, north of Bangkok, to learn how to catch his favorite fish species Snakehead in a rice field!
Oz conducts an experiment with some rather unusual baits. From exploding fishballs to tofu and grilled cheese sandwiches, they reveal the unlikely human-food bait, that fish find simply irresistible.
BUSTING FISH MYTHS
Oz shows how a banana, a boom box, a chicken drumstick get involved with fishing, while busting some fishing myths many in the fishing community believe in.
Oz explores the latest trend in outdoor adventure sports - stand up paddleboarding. From yoga to fishing and even paddling through a swarm of hungry catfish, Oz pushes the limits of what you can do on an SUP.
BAMBOO STICK FISHING
Oz meets Tawan, who teaches him local fishing knowledge, using sea snails and bamboo sticks to catch fish.
Back in his man cave, Oz puts his new-learnt DIY knowledge into practice and demonstrates how to make a hollow bodied frog lure, using common household items found at stationary and grocery shops.
Oz strikes a deal with a local Japanese chef, that if he can catch the fish, the chef will teach him how to prepare it and become an authentic sushi master.
GOLF COURSE FISHING
Oz puts on golf gloves to investigate rumours of humongous Amazonian aquatic predators hiding in a golf course.
CATCH & COOK WITH MOTHER TRUCKER
Oz & Mother Trucker chef, Mong travel to a fruit orchard, where snakehead apparently swim wild in the canals that line the fruit trees.
ANCIENT POLE FISHING
Oz decides he wants to connect to his Chinese heritage by learning an ancient Chinese fishing technique called "Qing Liu". Oz learns how to fish without a reel and his catches become highlights of a competition.