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The stripped Catfish or "Sawai, as it is known to the Thai's is one of Thailand's mainstay sportfish. It's stocked heavily in Thai Fishing Parks as a lower cost smaller version of its big brother the Mekong Catfish. This is becuase it is inexpensive to buy, hardy and long lasting, and can live on very little food. Even so on a UK style fishing set up a 20lb Sawai will really give you the run around!
Name: Stripped Catfish
Species: Pangasianodon hypophalamus
Thai name: Pla Sawai
Max length in excess: 1m
Max weight: 40 kg
IGFA record: 21kg
Diet: plankton, plants, shrimp, sticky rice, boilie, cereal, maize and fish.
Bungsamran remains the undisputed fishing venue for all types of Catfish, although the stripped catfish is present in nearly all Thai venues where an . Shadow Lake has good size specimens, that far exceed the current world record claim.