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How big can Arapaimas grow?

Written by Markus Buehler.
Photos courtesy of: Marcos Amend, Leandro Castello,Luis Claudio Marigo, Josae Marcio Ayres, Nathan Wardle.
The Arapaima (Arapaima gigas) is a big fish. Indeed a very big fish, especially for a freshwater species. But is the Arapaima, or Pirarucu as it is called in South America really the largest freshwater predator fish in the world, and how big can it actually grow? In popular and even scientific literature, as well as on the web, you can often read that this species can reach a length of 4.5m (14.7 feet) and a  weight of 200kg (440lb).
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Giant Snakehead: Chado V’s Toman

The Giant snakehead  Channa micropeltes is fairly widespread across Asia and is generally thought to reach weights of up to  30kg (66lb). It has been recorded at 15kg + (33lb) from a Zoo in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia where it is known as the Toman. Here we have a photo article comparing two huge Channa micropeltes catches one from local anglers in Thailand ( Thai name is Plah Chado (ชะโด) ) and the other from last seasons Mega Fishing Malaysia trip. Which is larger? Continue reading

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The Imperiled giants of the Mekong river.

Largest catfish and largest freshwater fish in the world.Ecologists struggle to understand-and protect-Southeast Asia’s large migratory catfish. The Guinness Book of World Records lists the Mekong giant catfish as Earth’s largest freshwater fish.
This species (Pangasianodon gigas), which grows as fast as a bull and looks a bit like a refrigerator, can measure 3 meters in length and weigh up to 300 kilograms. Continue reading

Begginers guide to Snakehead hunting

guide to snakehead hunting title imageRecently I was sitting on my porch, having a little relax with a nice cup of tea, enjoying the late afternoon sun as it started to slip down behind the Coconut trees, when a guy from next door just wandered over and sat down. We had a little chat in Thai about what we had been doing all day, My Thai language skills are getting better after a few months so when he said do you want to go fishing of course I said yes, “what fish (plah araigh) ?” ,”(Plah chon) “Striped Snakehead” he said. Continue reading

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Taken for a six hour ride by a 100 Kg (220lb) Freshwater Stingray!

ImageTaken for a Six Hour ride by a 100KG (220lb) Freshwater Stingray.”Each time the ray decided to stick on the bottom, there was no way we could move it, not even for a single inch. When it was crawling slowly on the river’s muddy bottom, we would pump it like if it was a matter of life and death but without being able to lift the ray vertically a single inch.” Continue reading