The gigantic fish which measured over 2 meters in width, 4 meters in length and weighed almost 363 kilograms was caught in the Maeklong River in Thailand.
It took two hours, a group of strong men to take turns on the rod and a small fishing boat to reel in the stunning stingray. It has become the largest freshwater fish ever caught by rod and line. The gigantic animal was caught by American TV nature conservationist Jeff Corwin with the help of fishing guides from UK-based Fishsiam Ltd.
Jeff said, “According to leading stingray experts, this is likely to be the largest fresh water fish ever caught with a rod and reel. The battle to bring this giant fish to the boat was epic and it took many hours and multiple guys rotating off and on the reel. The battle to bring this giant fish to the boat was epic and it took many hours and multiple guys rotating off and on the reel.”
After getting the ray alongside, it was then taken into a specially-prepared pen where it took seven people to lift the ray out of the water so it could be properly measured. Rick Humphries, who helped Jeff with the fishing added, “We have caught over 450 different stingrays and our estimations have been proved highly accurate on the rare occasions we have weighed this species. The larger specimens are always female and quite often pregnant, as was the case with this capture.”