In Thailand on July of 2005, a fisherman caught a 646-pound giant Mekong catfish. It was as big as a grizzly bear.  

Brit Angler Lands Record Fish Record Fish

January 18, 2017 | Categories: Fun Stuff

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Brit Angler Lands Record Fish Record Fish

Ian Welch, an angler from Aldershot, Hampshire, England, has landed a record stingray while fresh water fishing. Ian, a biologist was working on the Mae Klong river, in western Thailand.

Will and Guy have learned that this rare giant stingray, weighing 55 stone, took some 90 minutes to land and 13 men to heave it out of the water. Ian commented, ‘It dragged me across the boat and would have pulled me in, had my colleague not grabbed my trousers.’

The giant freshwater ray is listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. This particular one was 7 ft long and wide, with a tail of 10 ft; it had its venomous barb wrapped in cloth on the bank.

The ray was placed in a children’s paddling pool to allow the marine biologists to take its DNA, tag it and return it to the water. Mr Welch delighted us with his next statement that, ‘I was exhausted afterwards. I did very little for the rest of the day – and just had a cold beer.’ Lovely!