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Welsh Angler Catches World Record Giant Mekong Catfish

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June 09, 2011
Welsh Angler Catches World Record Giant Mekong Catfish - 3

David Kent, a 54-year-old Welsh angler, now holds the all-tackle record for the largest species of freshwater fish in the world. He earned his record by hauling in a 260-pound Giant Mekong catfish from a lake in Thailand last November.

His catch was made official by the IGFA this week, according to WalesOnline.

Kent (pictured left) is a retired Royal Navy Commander and was on vacation at a fishing resort with his wife when he hooked this monster fish using sweetcorn as bait. The battle lasted about an hour, and at one point Kent had to wade into the lake so the fish wouldn't spool him.

Even though Kent's catfish measures more than 7 feet long, it's by no means  the largest member of its species. Mekong catfish have been estimated to grow up to 660 pounds and 9 feet long.

“I usually catch bass weighing four or five pounds off the Pembrokeshire coast so this [fish] was a bit bigger than I’m used to," Kent told WalesOnline.

 

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from Fritz Dreyer wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

You are I believe Correct,Sunshine Crush, I just heard though that a 327 #,8 1/2 foot long Gar was caught on Valentimes day by a Mississippi Angler on Chotard Lake. Pending new world record and they are both larger than that Mekong catfish.

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from Sunshine Crush wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Not so sure the statement "largest freshwater fish to ever be caught on record" is factual.

The Alligator Gar record is 279 lbs.

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from pineywoods wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

He can invite the whole circus troupe to his fish fry and have enough left over for lunch the next day.

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from Sunshine Crush wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

Not so sure the statement "largest freshwater fish to ever be caught on record" is factual.

The Alligator Gar record is 279 lbs.

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from pineywoods wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

He can invite the whole circus troupe to his fish fry and have enough left over for lunch the next day.

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from Fritz Dreyer wrote 3 years 7 weeks ago

You are I believe Correct,Sunshine Crush, I just heard though that a 327 #,8 1/2 foot long Gar was caught on Valentimes day by a Mississippi Angler on Chotard Lake. Pending new world record and they are both larger than that Mekong catfish.

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