Most anglers are familiar with world record catches of popular species such as bass and walleyes, but our good friend Heinz Machacek at www.fishing-worldrecords.com keeps track of stuff like lenoks and snakeheads. Here’s a look at just a few of the wildest fish that swim. Adriatic Sturgeon Franz Gruber and Martin Wintermeier landed this 88-pound, 64-inch adriatic sturgeon in 2005 on Italy’s Po River.
Altai Osman This world record altai osman was caught in 2009 by Yuri Diachenko on Lake Khoton, Mongolia. It came in at 12 pounds, 13 ounces and 31 inches.
Arawana This world record arawana was caught in 2008 in Brazil’s Rio Camaiu by Johnny Hoffmann. It weighed 25 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 47 inches.
Aspius Vorax This world record was caught on-duty. Kim Gage landed it on the Tigris River in Iraq in 2010. This aspius vorax weighed 7 pounds and measured 26 inches long.
Barbel This fish tied a two-year-old barbel world record in 2008. Chris Mack caught it in the U.K’s River Wensum. It came in at 21 pounds, 2 ounces and 39 inches.
Barramundi Dave Powell hooked this record barramundi in Australia’s Tinaroo Reservoir in 1999. It weighed 83 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 49 inches.
Bighead Carp On Hungary’s Poganyi Reservoir in 2001 Pal Varhelyi landed this world record bighead, clocking 152 pounds, 5 ounces and more than 61 inches long.
Bigmouth Buffalo This 73-pound, 1-ounce, 38-inch world record buff was caught in 2004 by Dave Tilton on Wisconsin’s Lake Koshkonong.
Black Bream The Tinaroo Reservoir in Australia produces world records, including this 13-pound, 10-ounce, 21-inch black bream caught in 1997 by Brian Seawright.
Blackstriped Peacock This world record blackstriped peacock was caught on the Rio Emoni in Venezuela in 2007 by Scott Swanson. It came in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces and 22 inches.
Brahmaputra Labeo In 2001 this brahmaputra labeo was caught on the Srinakarin Reservoir in Thailand. It came in at 11 pounds, 28 inches long.
Burbot A second world record fish for Sean Konrad, this burbot weighed 25 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 41 inches. It was caught on Saskatchewan’s Diefenbaker Reservoir in 2010.
Butterfly Peacock George Wiltse Walters landed this world record butterfly peacock in 2010 on the Rio Urubaxi in Brazil. It weighed in at 16 pounds, 2 ounces and 28 inches.
Clarence River Cod This 22-pound, 31-inch big boy was landed by David Taylor on the Richmond River in Australia in 2003.
Common Bream This world record bream was caught in 2009 in the United Kingdom’s Ferry Lagoon gravel pit by Mark McKenna. It weighed 22 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 34 inches long.
Ferox Trout In 2002 Brian Rutland landed this world record ferox trout that measure 39 inches, 31 pounds, 12 ounces.
Giant Siamese Carp This world record siamese carp weighed more than 265 pounds and measured 59 inches long. It was caught on Bung Sam Lan Lake in Thailand in 2007 by Kik Panphrapat.
Golden Redhorse Andy Tulgetske caught this world record golden redhorse in 2001 on the Muskegon River. It weighed 9 pounds and measured 28 inches.
Grass Carp Dinner time: Sandor Szeles caught this 89 pound, 5 ounce grass carp, measuring 57 inches long, on Hungary’s Danube in 1993.
Inconnu Lawrence E. Hudnall landed this monster inconnu on the Pah River in Alaska. It set the world record at 53 pounds, 51 inches.
In 1986 Yamashita Shigeo caught this world record huchen in Hokkaido, Japan. It weighed 66-ppunds, 2-ounces and measured 51 inches.
Japanese Lates Yoshio Murasaki caught this 72-pound, 12-ounc, 51-inch fish in Japan’s Shimanto River in 1996.
Jungle Labeo This world record labeo was caught in 2000 on the Srinakarin Reservoir in Thailand and measured 31 inches, 22 pounds, 1 ounce.
Lemon Barb This world record lemon barb was caught in 2005 on Kaempeng Sen Lake in Thailand. It came it at 3 pounds, 12 ounces and 16 inches.
Lenok On Russia’s Anyui River in 2000, Thomas Cappiello caught this world record Lenok, clocking-in at 9 pounds and over 28 inches.
Pacu Alejandro Linares landed this pacu record fish in 2008 on Brazil’s Rio Tarija. It weighed 22 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 28 inches.
Papuan Black Snapper On the Fly River in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, Glyn Short in 2003 landed this world record black snapper, coming-in at 48 pounds, 8 ounces, measuring 39 inches.
Snakehead This 19-pound, 15-ounce, 39-inch snakehead was caught in 2005 in South Korea’s Yongpung Lake by Kim Jong-eun.
Soldier River Barb J. F. Helias landed this world record solider river bard in 2008 near Chiang Mai, Thailand. It weighed in at 4 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 20 inches long.
Trout Cod This world record trout cod was taken in 2002 by Ryan Payne on the Talbingo Reservoir, Australia. The fish wieghed 17 pounds and measured 26-inches long.
White Sturgeon This world record white sturgeon was caught on the Fraser River in Canada in 2002 by Len’s Sport Fishing Adventures. It weighted approximately 1,500 pounds and runs 179 inches long.
Zingel Small, but a world record nonetheless, this zingle was caught in 2007 by Astrid Grassl in Austria’s Danube River. It measured 16 inches and weighed 1 pound, 13 ounces.
Northern Pikeminnow From the Snake River comes this northern pikeminnow world record, caught in 2008 by Pamela Ramsden. It weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 26 inches.
Orinoco Peacock Carlos Hermida Valbuena caught this world record orinoco peacock in 2002 on Tiznados Lake, Venezuela. It measured 28 inches, 13 pounds, 11 ounces.
Jau This world record jau was taken in 2004 on Brazil’s Rio Urariquera by Russell Jensen. It measured 65 inches and weighed 109 pounds.
By now, everyone has seen photographs of the world record largemouth bass caught in Japan last year. But have you even heard of a Lenok? Check out some of the wildest world records you’ve ever set eyes upon.