KRABI – British angler Keith Williams set a new world record by landing this monster 60kg (9st 6lb) carp which weighs the same as a person.
Keith Williams, of Carshalton, Surrey, bagged the catch of the day at Gillham’s fishing resort in Krabi, Thailand.
The 56-year-old got the birthday present he hoped for after spending 25 minutes landing the giant Siamese carp.
‘Keith came out to stay with us with a group of friends to celebrate his 56th birthday,’ explained Resort owner Stuart Gillham.
‘He told his wife that he could feel in his bones that he was going to catch a special fish that day.’
He added: ‘His reaction was one of total shock – he said never in his wildest dreams did he imagine he would catch a world record.
‘In the days after this capture Keith was walking around in a daze – he is still saying it has not yet sunk in.’
The new record needs to be officially ratified by the International Game Fish Association.
World’s Largest Freshwater Fish Ever Caught in Chiang Rai Province
Thai fishermen in Chiang Rai netted a catfish as big as a grizzly bear, setting a world record for the largest freshwater fish ever found, according to researchers who studied the 646-pound Mekong giant catfish as part of a project to protect large freshwater fish.
“It’s amazing to think that giants like this still swim in some of the world’s rivers,” project leader Zeb Hogan project leader said in a statement. “We’ve now confirmed now that this catfish is the current record holder, an astonishing find.”
Others have made claims of finding larger sturgeon, but the International Game Fishing Association says the largest sturgeon on record is 468 pounds. That fish has also held the record for largest freshwater fish caught.
“I’m thrilled that we’ve set a new record, but we need to put this discovery in context: these giant fish are uniformly poorly studied and some are critically endangered,” added Hogan, a fellow with the World Wildlife Fund, which is partnering with the National Geographic Society. “Some, like the Mekong giant catfish, face extinction.”