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Species Spotlight: Mekong Catfish

The Mekong Catfish is one of the planets largest freshwater fish reaching weights in excess of 650lb. Being a member of the Catfish family this fish predominately feeds on the bottom and is a herbivore eating plants and algae.


Mekong Catfish

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Scientific name:

Pangasianodon Gigas

Mekong catfish in Gillhams


The Mekong Catfish is a grey to white colour and lacks the stripes that other Catfish have. The Mekong Giant Catfish is distinguished from other large Catfish species in the river by the near-total lack of barbels and the absence of teeth. With its wide flat head, this fish is unmistakable when you see it.

Average size:

This fish reaches sizes in excess of 650lb but the average size of fish you will catch is around 50lb’s

Where to catch:

The best place to catch this fish in in Asia and in particular the lakes of Thailand. Targeting this fish in the wild is illegal in the countries it is most commonly found due to its protected status. This means that you must head to lakes that are stocked with this fish commercially and the best one for this just ha to be the famous Gillhams resort in Thailand.

Fishing methods:

With the Mekong Catfish being a herbivore and a bottom feeder the best way to target this fish is by fishing a static bait ledgered on the bottom. The best baits for these fish tend to be boilies or pellets. Maize is also another great bait, by finding a plateau in the lake and fishing over this you stand a great chance of hooking into one.

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If you have any queries or questions around catching Mekong Catfish or any of our Freshwater Fishing holidays contact us today. You can call our office on 01603 407596 and we can put you on track to the best destinations around the world.

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