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Retired British Navy Captain Catches 260-Pound World Record Mekong Giant Catfish

Retired British Navy Captain Catches 260-Pound World Record Mekong Giant Catfish

Last week David Kent became the official all-tackle record holder for the Mekong giant catfish, the largest freshwater fish in the world. Here is the story in photos of how Kent landed his world record catch.
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from Javaman wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

My mistake it says caught commercially. The National article also goes on to tell how the monster cat died after they tried to take its eggs.

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from Javaman wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

This article states the largest Mekong cat was 646 lbs. and was grown commercially. This link http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/06/photogalleries/giantcatf... will take you to the National Geographic page on a 646 lb. Mekong cat and it states it was caught in the Mekong River. Who got their wires crossed here?

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

the_gulf_guy,
Wels catfish top out just over 550 pounds. Nile perch about 500. Sturgeon, see comments below. Stingrays do get bigger but they're bony fish, like sharks and are not considered in the same category by some experts. The largest Mekong ever caught (commercially) was well over 600 pounds.

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from the_golf_guy wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

There are many species of freshwater fish that are bigger than these?....Nile Perch, sturgeon (several species) the Wels, freshwater stingrays....that's just off the top of my head?

It's just a very bad reporting job.

the_golf_guy

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from purplehead wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Great story.

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from Deerhunter25 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

THAT IS AN AWESOME FISH!

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from Josey wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

The Freshwater Stingray is the largest freshwater fish in the world, but I bet Mekong cats eat the little ones all of the time.

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from rocco89815 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Guys....Think for a second. The title of the article does not imply that it's the largest freshwater fish ever caught. And just because it's the largest -species- does not make this particular fish the biggest. The records go by individual species, not generalizations. There will be bigger Mekongs caught, but for now this is the biggest rod & reel-caught Mekong on record. Yes, the world record white sturgeon is quite a bit bigger, but a sturgeon is not a catfish. Makes perfect sense to me.

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from GRINCH64 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

The Wels Catfish Silurus glanis)is found in Europe.
The record catch of 2.78 metres and a weight of 144 kg. (316.8 lbs) actually came from the Po Delta of Italy.
That's in the world also, so the Mekong fish isn't a world record.

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

rmestep, This definitely isn't the largest freshwater fish ever caught, but Mekong catfish are considered the largest freshwater species. In other words, there are a lot bigger ones out there swimming.

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from rmestep wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

took me about 1 minute to find this gar record. The current world
record for the largest Alligator Gar caught on rod and
reel is 279 lbs.
http://scienceray.com/biology/zoology/worlds-largest-fresh-water-fish/
I live on lake Erie and know sturgeon here go that large. And we are land locked as far as salt water goes. I dont think it was researched that well as to the specific title. It may be largest cat fish caught. Rodney

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Terrahawk, you're right about sturgeon growing larger than than Mekong catfish, and thanks for the links. But white sturgeon are anadromous, which means they live in the ocean but breed in freshwater. That's why many people consider the Mekong catfish the largest freshwater species.

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from jayderman wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

isnt that one of those ponds that stock these fish and then feed them until they are large and have people pay to come and catch them, im pretty sure i saw a very similar pond on the monster fish show on national georgaphic, if that is the case, should it be considered a world record, its the same thing as growing a whitetail and claiming it as a world record, not sportsman like, but if im wrong good for him.

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from terrahawk wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I've seen the claim that the Mekong Catfish is the "Largest Freshwater Fish" in the world before and am confused by that. White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) grow much larger (1,500 pounds) and I believe their life cyle is in fresh water although not much is known about their spawning habits.

White Sturgeon usually get the claim as the largest freshwater fish in North America so I'm wordering if the Mekong Catfish is the largest freshwater fish in Asia (and should be qualified as such).

Here is one photo:
http://www.canadaka.net/forums/sports-f8/bc-catches-world-record-sturgeo...

Vancouver Aquarium also used to have a mounted one on display that I believe was over 800 pounds.

Here is one more article with an amazing photo:
http://www.esd.ornl.gov/~zij/sturgeon_project/index.html

Video of Animal Planet's Jeremy Wade catching one here:
http://animal.discovery.com/videos/river-monsters-massive-white-sturgeon...

Peter

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from jayderman wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

isnt that one of those ponds that stock these fish and then feed them until they are large and have people pay to come and catch them, im pretty sure i saw a very similar pond on the monster fish show on national georgaphic, if that is the case, should it be considered a world record, its the same thing as growing a whitetail and claiming it as a world record, not sportsman like, but if im wrong good for him.

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

rmestep, This definitely isn't the largest freshwater fish ever caught, but Mekong catfish are considered the largest freshwater species. In other words, there are a lot bigger ones out there swimming.

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from terrahawk wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I've seen the claim that the Mekong Catfish is the "Largest Freshwater Fish" in the world before and am confused by that. White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) grow much larger (1,500 pounds) and I believe their life cyle is in fresh water although not much is known about their spawning habits.

White Sturgeon usually get the claim as the largest freshwater fish in North America so I'm wordering if the Mekong Catfish is the largest freshwater fish in Asia (and should be qualified as such).

Here is one photo:
http://www.canadaka.net/forums/sports-f8/bc-catches-world-record-sturgeo...

Vancouver Aquarium also used to have a mounted one on display that I believe was over 800 pounds.

Here is one more article with an amazing photo:
http://www.esd.ornl.gov/~zij/sturgeon_project/index.html

Video of Animal Planet's Jeremy Wade catching one here:
http://animal.discovery.com/videos/river-monsters-massive-white-sturgeon...

Peter

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Terrahawk, you're right about sturgeon growing larger than than Mekong catfish, and thanks for the links. But white sturgeon are anadromous, which means they live in the ocean but breed in freshwater. That's why many people consider the Mekong catfish the largest freshwater species.

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from rmestep wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

took me about 1 minute to find this gar record. The current world
record for the largest Alligator Gar caught on rod and
reel is 279 lbs.
http://scienceray.com/biology/zoology/worlds-largest-fresh-water-fish/
I live on lake Erie and know sturgeon here go that large. And we are land locked as far as salt water goes. I dont think it was researched that well as to the specific title. It may be largest cat fish caught. Rodney

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from rocco89815 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Guys....Think for a second. The title of the article does not imply that it's the largest freshwater fish ever caught. And just because it's the largest -species- does not make this particular fish the biggest. The records go by individual species, not generalizations. There will be bigger Mekongs caught, but for now this is the biggest rod & reel-caught Mekong on record. Yes, the world record white sturgeon is quite a bit bigger, but a sturgeon is not a catfish. Makes perfect sense to me.

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from Josey wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

The Freshwater Stingray is the largest freshwater fish in the world, but I bet Mekong cats eat the little ones all of the time.

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from Deerhunter25 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

THAT IS AN AWESOME FISH!

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from purplehead wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Great story.

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from the_golf_guy wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

There are many species of freshwater fish that are bigger than these?....Nile Perch, sturgeon (several species) the Wels, freshwater stingrays....that's just off the top of my head?

It's just a very bad reporting job.

the_golf_guy

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from Alex Robinson wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

the_gulf_guy,
Wels catfish top out just over 550 pounds. Nile perch about 500. Sturgeon, see comments below. Stingrays do get bigger but they're bony fish, like sharks and are not considered in the same category by some experts. The largest Mekong ever caught (commercially) was well over 600 pounds.

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from Javaman wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

This article states the largest Mekong cat was 646 lbs. and was grown commercially. This link http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/06/photogalleries/giantcatf... will take you to the National Geographic page on a 646 lb. Mekong cat and it states it was caught in the Mekong River. Who got their wires crossed here?

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from Javaman wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

My mistake it says caught commercially. The National article also goes on to tell how the monster cat died after they tried to take its eggs.

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from GRINCH64 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

The Wels Catfish Silurus glanis)is found in Europe.
The record catch of 2.78 metres and a weight of 144 kg. (316.8 lbs) actually came from the Po Delta of Italy.
That's in the world also, so the Mekong fish isn't a world record.

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