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At 646LB is this Mekong Giant Catfish the largest freshwater fish in the world?

A 646lb Giant Mekong CatfishAt Nearly nine feet long (2.7 meters) and as big as a grizzly bear, a huge catfish caught in northern Thailand may be the largest freshwater fish ever recorded. Although there are many claims and rumours about the worlds largest freshwater specimens, especially  from misguided anglers. However, in the eyes of scientist's the Mekong Giant Catfish has taken pole position with the recorded capture of this huge 646LB specimen by local fishermen in 2005. Many anglers over look the fact that some larger fish that can be caught in the worlds rivers, such as Sturgeon, migrate between river and sea, and therefore not considered to be freshwater species in the true sense of the word.


Stingray can gorw to 500kg in Thailand's Rivers...there is one other possible contender for the thrown of "The worlds largest freshwater species", which in fact is also a Thai resident! (along with other parts of South-East Asia). Although there are not any recently recorded specimens, The Giant Freshwater Stingray seen above, is widely accepted to reach weights in excess of 1300LB, and some of the worlds most knowledgeable scientists believe that this species will ultimately prove itself to be the king of Freshwater Giants, although researchers are still trying to establish this fact.


Still the biggest carp caught on rod and line, Lung Dams 242lb fish....although the above specimens are truly magnificent creatures, do they really inspire the minds of UK Anglers? Since they are not rod and line captures its hard to relate fish of this size to our conventional ideas about freshwater sport-fishing, so how about this?

At 242LB this Giant Siamese Carp was captured on a Rod and Line by a gentleman named Lung Dam, in Thailand's now famous Bung Sam Lan Lake. It's hard to believe but this fish was one of 5 Carp that where stocked in the lake all around the same size less than 20 years ago, and although there have been many large Carp caught from the lake in recent years (The IGFA world record being broken over and over again), know one has come close to this feat. The large Carp are still there, and know one is absolutely sure just how large they are today. Some suggest the Giant Siamese Carp can grow to 600LB, whilst other credible sources say tha Bung sam Lan contains carp over 400LB. The largest carp are undoubtedly hooked from time to time, we have witnessed this fact. The challenge is to actually land such a specimen. It is fish such as these that have inspired us to try and encourage the UK's keenest anglers to come and try their luck in Thailand, you could quite possibly be the next world record holder!