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September 13, 2010
Mangar, 271 pounds, Turkey
The male fish was caught at night by commercial fishermen. Unfortunately the reporting in the Middle East about this species are not as extensive and professional as for the Indian Mahseer species.
Marmorata, 49 pounds, Slovenia
This fantastic fish was caught with a Streamer above the Most reservoir and confirmed by the Fishing Association of Slovenia. Hybridization with foreign trout stocked for angling was the main threat for this wonderful species. Tolmin Angler's Society launched a reintroduction programm from the last genetically pure populations in remote creeks of the Soca basin. The largest specimens of Salmo marmoratus were found in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. In this countries the main problem is habitat destruction due to dam building.
Common Carp, 99 pounds, France
Two specimens, "Steve Brigg's Fish" from Rainbow Lake and "Scarfish" from Les Graviers Lake alternate in breaking the record for many years. In the meantime this crazy hunt for the carp world record is boring, but some other facts are really interesting for scientists: One of these fish will reach the 100-pound mark within the next two years. In former times an unbelievable weight for Cyprinus carpio. "Scarfish" has been caught over 25 times in the last eight years.
Nile Perch, 249 pounds, Uganda
The heaviest Nile Perch of the last years was attacked by a Crocodile during the fight, therefore it couldn't be released. Tim Smith had to jump into the chest-deep water, hook the dying fish on his stringer, tie it to a tree and rush back to the lodge to bring help. The fish, accurately weighed on certified scales had a girth of 60 inches.
Freshwater Whipray, 584 pounds, Thailand
This is the largest freshwater fish ever landed on rod and reel. The giant ray was caught while filming a documentary with National Geographic Channel about this species. After an epic ninety minute battle it was examined by the well known fish biologist and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Zeb Hogan. The spawning fish was released unharmed.
Northern Pike, 63 pounds, Poland
This could be one of the largest Northern Pikes in the last decades. But we got no confirmation from local experts till now. It seems, that it was caught in an illegal way or with a net, so it is not a new official record in Poland. Probably no fake, simply a scanned photo in bad quality.
Altai Osman, 12 pounds, Mongolia
Due to new destinations offered by angling tour operators species like this predatory carp-like species are "discovered" by Sportfishing. With 10 kg maximum weight an attractive fish beside the Taimen.
www.fishing-worldrecords.com is an online database that collects information on the largest freshwater fish from all over the world. It is less stringent than the International Game Fish Association when it comes to angling rules, and it also counts more freshwater species than the IGFA.
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