What is the size of the biggest catfish ever caught?

What is the size of the biggest catfish ever caught?

The current record for the largest catfish ever taken appears to belong to Northern Thailand. On May 1, 2005, a 9′, 646 pound Mekong Catfish was netted in the Mekong River. It required a team of fishemen over 1 hour to hand wrestle the specimen to shore. The Mekong Giant Catfish (Pangasianodon gigas) is a critically endangered species, but despite attempts to release the fish alive, it sucumbed, and sadly, was subsequently eaten by the villagers. This is also recognized as the largest freshwater fish ever taken. In the U.S., the record for a Blue Catfish goes to Tim Pruitt, of Alton, Illinios, with a 124 pound, 5′ specimen taken from the Mississippi River in Illinios, on May 22, 2005. The world record for a Flathead Catfish goes to Ken Paulin with a 123 pound, 9 ounce specimen taken from Elk City Reservior, near Cherryvale, KS., on May 14, 1998. The recognized World Record for a Channel Cat belongs to W.H. Whaley, with a 58 pound specimen, taken from Lake Marion, SC., in 1964. I have a problem with this one as a biologist, because the picture does not look like a Channel Catfish. This fish has a flat tail, characteristic of Flatheads and Bullheads, rather than the deeply forked tail of Channel and Blue Cats. It also has the ‘bulldog’ shaped head of Bullheads, rather than the sleek streamlined shape of Channel and Blue Cats. If this was really the fish, then I believe the record was awarded in error. There are other large catfish records from around the world, but thier methods of recording them make accuracy very difficult, such as line class, all-tackle, certification, etc…..I am only quoting IGFA records. Happy Fishing


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