Originally posted by: michiganfisherman on 7/28/2005 8:20:44 AM
this is actually true story i got my bass times in the mail today. and the story was right there world's largest catfish landed in Thailand. what's believed to be in the largest freshwater fish ever documented was landed in Thailand recently. A "mekong giant catfish" that tipped the scales at an astounding 646 pounds was caught in early May in chiang khong , a remote district in northern Thailand. The fish measured almost nine feet in length
According to the Associated Press story, the fish was Netted from the mekong river by local villagers. Attempts to keep the fish alive proved futile, and it was eventually chopped up and sold as food, but not before it was weight and examined by fisheries officials.
One of the witnesses to the catch was zeb Hogan, leader of the international project to locate and study the world's largest freshwater fish. Hogan's work is funded by the world wildlife fund and National Geographic. Hogan said he is planning to write a paper about the catch for a scientific journal.
"that's the best way to document this kind of thing" Hogan told the Associated Press.
The mekong giant catfish is listed as critically endangered after studies revealed that its numbers have fallen by roughly 80 percent over the past 13 years. Experts attribute its declining to habits loss, primarily the construction of dams along the river.
For the record, the largest freshwater fish ever landed with a rod and real weighed 468 pounds, and that was a white Sturgeon. It was caught in California in 1983 and remains the all-tackle world record for that species, according to the international game fish association.
Interestingly, the mekong giant catfish is some times referred to as the "dog eating catfish". the source of that particular nickname requires no explanation. writer bass times the photo is the same as in bass times.