The Biggest Catfish Ever Caught

What is the world’s largest catfish, and where was it caught?

The world’s largest catfish isn’t the whopper that some guy at the bait shop says he caught last week in Minnesota… the biggest catfish ever recorded was caught in Northern Thailand in May, 2005. It was caught on the Mekong River and belongs to the species of catfish known as the “Mekong giant catfish,” and for good reason. The fish was nearly nine feet long, approximately the size of a grizzly bear. It weighed in at almost 650 pounds and it took the fishermen an hour to fight the beast and drag it aboard their boat. It’s a little surprising that it only took an hour, and also that nobody got killed trying to take it down. The Mekong River is one of the areas on the world where the biggest fish are found, along with the Amazon and some parts of Eastern Europe. There are only about 3-5 Mekong giant catfish pulled out of the river each year. Aside from the Mekong giant catfish, there are several other species of large catfish found in the river, including the “dog eating catfish.” These beasts are rarely ever seen, and even more rarely caught. Actually, the Mekong giant catfish is an endangered species. After this particular fish was landed, they tried to put it back into the river, but it died before they could get it in. Not wanting to waste a perfectly good eating catfish, the behemoth was consumed by an entire nearby village in what we can only imagine was the world’s biggest ever fish fry.

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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