The "Biguns" - World Record Freshwater Catfish

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Cornhusker, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. Cornhusker

    Cornhusker New Member

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    I came across a web site that listed data on world record freshwater fish. Thought it might be of interest to some of you to see how big various breeds of catfish really get. Judging from the talk about record cats (taken on rod and reel only as I recall) in the USA the past couple of years puts those flathead and blue cats well below what I found in the world record information.

    I set this up to show stats followed by a link to the picture of the fish. Enjoy.

    Blue Catfish

    How Taken - other methods
    Weight – 150.0 lbs
    Length – approx. 65 nches
    Water – Kansas River
    Country – USA
    Year – 1910
    Taken by – Mr. Doug Smith
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/blue catfish record.jpg


    Channel Catfish

    How Taken – sportfishing
    Weight – 58,0 lbs
    Length – approx. 47 nches
    Water – Santee Cooper Reservoir
    Country – USA
    Year – 1964
    Taken by – Mr. W.B. Whaley
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/channel catfish record.jpg


    Flathead Catfish

    How Taken – other methods
    Weight – approx. 154,0 lbs
    Length – approx. 67 inches
    Water – Santee Cooper Reservoir
    Country – USA
    Year – 2004
    Taken by – Mr. Tom Frederick
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/flathead catfish record.jpg



    Bagrid Catfish

    How Taken – other methods
    Weight – 189,6 lbs
    Length – approx. 71 inches
    Water – Mae Klong River
    Country – Thailand
    Year – 200?
    Taken by – Mr. J.F.Helias
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/bagrid catfish record.jpg


    Firewood Catfish

    How Taken – sportfishing
    Weight – 27,78 lbs
    Length – 57 inches
    Water – Amazon River system
    Country – Ecuador
    Year – 2005
    Taken by – Mr. Jens Bursell
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/firewood catfish record.jpg


    Giant Catfish

    How Taken – other methods
    Weight – 645,96 lbs
    Length – 106 inches
    Water – Mekong River
    Country – Thailand
    Year – 2005
    Taken by – Mr. Thirayuth Panthayom
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/giant catfish record.jpg


    Gilded Catfish

    How Taken – other methods
    Weight – approx. 220,00 lbs
    Length – approx. 75 inches
    Water – unknown
    Country – unknown
    Year – unknown
    Taken by – unknown
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/gilded catfish record.jpg


    Lake Biwa Catfish

    How Taken – other methods
    Weight – approx. 331,00 lbs
    Length – 106 inches
    Water – Lake Biwa
    Country – Japan
    Year – unknown
    Taken by – unknown
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/lake biwa catfish record.jpg


    Redtail Catfish

    How Taken – sportfishing
    Weight – 104,72 lbs
    Length – approx. 53 inches
    Water – Amazon River system
    Country – Ecuador
    Year – 2005
    Taken by – Mr. Simon Bomholdt
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/redtail catfish record.jpg


    Ripsaw Catfish

    How Taken – sportfishing
    Weight – 24,25 lbs
    Length – 38 inches
    Water – Rio Xingu
    Country – Brazil
    Year – 1999
    Taken by – Mr. Kdu Magalhaes
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/ripsaw catfish record.jpg


    Sharptoothed Catfish

    How Taken – sportfishing
    Weight – 92,99 lbs
    Length – 75 inches
    Water – Orange River
    Country – South Africa
    Year – 2003
    Taken by – Mr. W. Moller
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/sharptoothed catfish record.jpg


    Sutchi Catfish

    How Taken – sportfishing
    Weight – 52,91 lbs
    Length – approx. 45 inches
    Water – Srinakarin Reservoir
    Country – Thailand
    Year – 2001
    Taken by – unknown
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/sutchi catfish record.jpg


    Wels

    How Taken – sportfishing
    Weight – 317,47 lbs
    Length – 109 inches
    Water – Po River
    Country – Italy
    Year – 2000
    Taken by – unknown
    Fish Picture – http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/relaunch/icons2/images/wels record.jpg



    The world record fish web site is at :

    http://www.fishing-worldrecords.com/
     
  2. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    Thanks fort he info but a few of those pics looked doctored to me.
     

  3. tomcat85

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    thanks for the site! the only one that really looks doctored to me is the wels one. but who knows.
     
  4. SkiMax

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    good info! that flathead is a monster. I'd still rather catch a 60 pounder on r'n'r than that one in a net or trotline. just my personal preference though... to each his own, as long as it's legal
     
  5. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    That is the one I was refering to. Sorry I put a couple when I meant that one.
     
  6. TA2D

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    I think that the wels is a wall mount made from the catch, the one that bugs me is the big flathead, that just looks fake...

    Aaron

    TA2D
     
  7. CatBusster

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    The wels pic is a fake,

    The trouble with the wels is that there are so many big ones around Europe and so many unofficial records caught on rod and line and then released. The really big ones for some reaseon are kept for food or die in nets and do not get the justice they deserve.

    For more information on record wels check this link to a newspaper article which details relevant information

    http://www.carpandcatbussters.com/pdf/The Times 5th September b.pdf

    Whats more, there are sure some other big cats about

    Tightest Lines to You

    Stephen
     
  8. Drawout

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    The 58 lb channel looks like a flat to me and the wels is definately a fake.Still a interesting post Thanks.
     
  9. greg

    greg USCA - STAFF Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the post corn it is good to see you posting again you were missed
     
  10. BIG GEORGE

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    Thanx Corn. What amazes me the most is all the different species.
     
  11. bigsammy

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    Thanks Corn,very cool post,didnt know there so many different catfish:cool2:
     
  12. SHOWME

    SHOWME Well-Known Member

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    From one Cornhusker to another! Great post, those are some real catties:tounge_out:
     
  13. catman529

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    Thanks a lot. Even if some pics were doctored they still are cool looking.
     
  14. JPritch

    JPritch New Member

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    Looks like Thailand followed by the Amazon would be some good catfishing destinations.
     
  15. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Great post! Now I'm going to go to santee cooper on voccation. Who were those geeks with the plastic catfish anyway. Looked like a family photo at walmart with a prop thrown in. The red fin was cool.
     
  16. LiveWire

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    Yea, the Wels is defenitely a fake. Photoshoped or somethin'. But the rest are some giant fish! Some strange ones in there too!
     
  17. superman

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    great post the channel does not look like a channel to me either but have never caught on that big either
     
  18. chrisblue

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    I'm with you on that one, thats a real small rope holding up that 154lb flathead and the guy looks to be standing pretty far back from the fish.Another thing with that is there was never any news reports or newspaper articles about it, I live in SC and somethin like that would have been on the news or at least the newspaper.
     
  19. slimcat

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    The flathead pic may or may not be real, who knows. Some day when I am down there I am gonna go by there and check it out for sure. BUt as far as a small rope for holding the fish, its no different than the small rope holding the 140lb flathead in Arkansas. Trotline line whether braided or twisted will hold really big fish, heck I would bet the line holding that fish is rated for at least 300-400lbs.
     
  20. brad kilpatrick

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    for example guys next time your at the tackle store check out the diameter of some 100 lb test power pro or other braided line. just because the line is of a small diameter doesn't mean its not strong.

    All that being said, the pic is awful fishy looking