Kradi, Thailand — It’s official – the giant Mekong catfish caught by retired Royal Navy officer Martin David Kent in Thailand is the new all tackle world record for the species according to the International Game Fish Association.
The lake monster weighed an amazing 260 lbs. and was seven feet long. According to Kent, he was using a tiny piece of sweet corn as bait when the big fish bit. The battle lasted 55 minutes with Kent having to enter the water to try and bring the fish in.
“I usually catch bass weighing four or five pounds off the Pembrokeshire coast so this was a bit bigger than I’m used to,” understated Kent.
In 2005 a 646 Mekong was netted by local fisherman, which is the freshwater record for this species.