770 Lb Freshwater Stringray Caught In Thailand

February 26, 2009

Thailand (ChattahBox) – A British biologist stunned locals when he netted himself a stingray that measured 7 ft x 7 ft, with a tail 10 ft. long.

The stingray, which turned out to be a pregnant female, was quite difficult for the biologist and his group to bring to shore for tagging. The stingray is billed as the largest freshwater fish ever caught by rod and reel. The previous record for a freshwater fish caught with a rod, was a 646 pound catfish caught in 2005. There are unverified accounts of individuals growing well over 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms) in weight and more than 20 feet (6 meters) in length—among the largest of the approximately 200 species of rays.

Weighing 770 pounds, it put up a huge struggle, and it was over 90 minutes before Ian Welch could move enough to let go without allowing it to get away.

“It dragged me across the boat and would have pulled me in had my colleague not grabbed my trousers – it was like the whole earth had just moved. I knew it was going to a big one,” he recalled, before recounting his fight that finally led to the group snaring the stingray with a net, and dragging it to shore.

“As soon as we saw it there was just silence because everyone was just in awe of this thing. That line from the film Jaws came to mind about needing a bigger boat because we had to get it to the shore to tag it.”
After tagging, they released the pregnant stingray back into the ocean.

Welch and his team members have brought in many huge stingrays in the past. The following videos show their struggle with another mammoth-sized stingray recently in the same Thailand river.


3 Responses to “770 Lb Freshwater Stringray Caught In Thailand”

  1. TexasLottoPick3Fairy on February 26th, 2009 12:45 pm

    omg!!! awesome

  2. Norrish Hall on February 26th, 2009 5:39 pm

    Was the biologist out there to kill something or was he doing some sort of meaningful research???

    We probably do enough killing of animals and creatures.

    Unless you need it for food, why kill one of God’s creatures just for sport?


  3. olivia on February 26th, 2009 6:06 pm

    Texas: He was doing research with his team, which is why he released the Stingray back into the ocean after tagging it. Thailand is often considered one of the best areas in the world for biology research, because of the number of creatures still living in the regions that haven’t been heavily industrialized.

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