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Men catch 300kg monster catfish
30-06-2005
From: Reuters
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Monster... the world's biggest-ever freshwater fish, a 293kg Mekong catfish.

FISHERMEN in northern Thailand have caught the biggest catfish on record a 293-kg giant the size of a grizzly bear and eaten it, the WWF and the National Geographic Society have said.

The giant catfish, believed to be the largest freshwater fish ever found, was caught along the Mekong River, home to more species of massive fish than any river on Earth.
"We've now confirmed that this catfish is the current record holder, an astonishing find," Dr Zeb Hogan, a WWF Conservation Science Fellow, said.

Project members determined that this new catch was 11 pounds heavier than the previous record holder - another Mekong catfish.

"I expect we're still going to find bigger fish than these," said University of Wisconsin fisheries biologist Zeb Hogan, the project director.

"It's astonishing."

According to Hogan, the Mekong has heretofore been a good habitat for such monsters because it is one of the deepest rivers in the world, reaching depths of more than 200 feet.

Local environmentalists and government officials tried to negotiate the release of the fish so it could continue its spawning migration in the far north of Thailand but the adult male died and was eaten in a remote village, it said.

The Mekong giant catfish is southeast Asia's largest and rarest fish and the focus of a National Geographic Society project headed by Hogan to study freshwater fish more than two metres long or weighing more than 100 kg.

New contenders for the title of the world's largest freshwater fish include Mongolian salmon, giant sturgeon, giant lungfish, razor-toothed gar, the dinosaur-like arapaima, the giant freshwater sting ray and the ever-popular dog-eating catfish.
 

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arapaima gigas can grow past 15 foot, but they are much thinner so they woulnt weigh as much. from the amazon.

We used to have a 1.5m baby at the fish store i used to work at, but the tank it was in was only 5m long so we gave it so some nutter with a huge heated pond.

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You'd get a few of those at The Entrance or just near Central Coast Leagues Club wouldn't you Shmick?? :lol: :lol:

Shawn.
 

shmick

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Gough said:
You'd get a few of those at The Entrance or just near Central Coast Leagues Club wouldn't you Shmick?? :lol: :lol:

Shawn.
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Never caught any near the Leagues club but I've woken up next to a few after stumbling home from that place. :blink:

Had a run in with a big silver eel in the lake near the Entrance a good few years back while crabbing. It came up after a blue swimmer and took all but one nipper in a single bite :eek: . Never believed the 'Loch Ness' stories of the locals until that day.
 

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