American adventurer Jeff Corwin catches a monster Giant freshwater stingray
Jeff Corwin American television presenter and conservationist has just finished filming his latest nature documentary Ocean Mysteries for ABC in Thailand at the Maeklong River.
Jeff Corwin was guided by the Fishsiam Ltd team whilst working closely alongside the VRMC from Chulalongkorn Univeristy under the direction of Dr.Nantarika Chanuse in a study of Giant freshwater stingrays at the Maeklong River.
On a relatively short three day research and conservation trip Jeff Corwin was involved in the recapture and release of a gigantic Giant freshwater stingray which could potentially break the record for the worlds largest freshwater fish.
The Giant freshwater stingray with a length of over 14ft and width of 8ft the Giant freshwater stingray was estimated to weigh between 300-350kg's.
The Giant freshwater stingray was recognised as a recapture from a previous tagging project with Zeb Hogan from National Geographic which had grown significantly in the last six years and has provided a much needed insight into the growth and possible age of the awesome Giant freshwater stingray in Thailand.
Check out the awesome video at Jeff Corwin's facebook page and tune into Ocean Mysteries on ABC TV.
Giant freshwater stingrays in Thailand with National Geographic
In the course of the last seven years Fishsiam has been engaged in some highly adventurous and pioneering fishing on several of Thailand's wildest and unexplored tidal river systems.
In a short seven year period Fishsiam has accounted for over 400 individual captures of Giant freshwater stingrays or (Himantura Chaophraya) with massive weights to an estimated 350kg's / 770lb.
In 2009 the Fishsiam team was joined by eminent fish biologist Dr. Zeb Hogan from the National Geographic Society on a freshwater stingray fishing expedition to both the Ban Pakong River and Maeklong River in Thailand.
During the course of this ground breaking Thailand Stingray Fishing trip the team captured twenty Giant freshwater stingrays from both rivers topped by what has widely been accredited as the unofficial worlds largest freshwater fish, a Giant freshwater Stingray estimated by scientists to weigh 350kg's!
The monster stingray caught by Anglers Mail journalist Ian Welch during the filming of Monster Fish had a massive 2.45m wingspan and was tamed after a battle lasting 50 minutes.
On inspection by scientists from Chulalongkorn University and Dr Zeb Hogan the massive Giant Freshwater Stingray was identified as being a large female and was found to be in the advanced stages of pregnancy.
As if on cue for the camera the freshwater stingray promptly gave birth to fully formed twins.
The Giant Freshwater Stingray as with all other fish caught on the trip was tagged with an acoustic receiver and given a thorough scientific examination.
After a short period for recovery the Giant freshwater stingray was carefully released back into the Maeklong River where it swam away strongly with its offspring.
This would not be the last time the Fishsiam team would encounter this prehistoric looking Giant Freshwater stingray whilst fishing at the Maeklong River.
Whilst stingray fishing at the Maeklong River in Thailand exactly one month later with Zeb Hogan and a NHK Japan film crew, we hooked the same Giant freshwater stingray while fishing 1 km downstream.
On this occasion the Giant Freshwater stingray took almost three and a half hours to land testing the team to their absolute physical limit.
The freshwater stingray was easily identified by its individual identity tag placed on the previous fishing trip to the Maeklong River.
Jeremy Wade River Monsters Thailand
Fishsiam also guided for adventure angler Jeremy Wade to film the highly acclaimed River Monsters Death Ray show in Thailand at the Maeklong River.
On the Giant freshwater stingray fishing trip to the Mekong River system in Northern Thailand, Chaophraya River and Maeklong River in Central Thailand, Jeremy Wade caught various Giant freshwater stingrays before hooking into the ultimate Thailand River Monster.
After an epic battle which saw Jeremy Wade pushed to his physical limits the adventure angler and fish biologist finally landed his own Thailand River Monster in the shape of a massive 200kg Giant Freshwater stingray.
On examination by scientists from Chulalongkorn University the Giant freshwater stingray gave birth to live newborns as the River Monsters film crew captured this amazing moment on film.
The full account of Jeremy Wades Giant freshwater stingray fishing trip in Thailand whilst guided by Fishsiam can be seen in series 2 of River Monsters on Discovery channel and ITV4 aptly titled Death Ray and also in his best selling book entitled River Monsters stories of the ones that never got away.
If you would like to follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Wade, Zeb Hogan and Jakub Vagner fishing in Thailand for Giant freshwater stingrays contact us for more information.
Giant freshwater stingray fishing in Thailand holidays
Fishsiam has been Giant freshwater stingray fishing in Thailand for the last seven years at both the Maeklong River at Samut Songkran and the Ban Pakong River in Chachoengsao.
Fishing for freshwater stingrays in Thailand is one of the last truly wild frontiers of freshwater fishing in the world allowing visiting anglers the opportunity to fish for what has widely been accredited as the largest freshwater fish on Earth.
Join the Fishsiam team and follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Wade and Zeb Hogan in the pursuit of the prehistoric freshwater stingray fishing in the wild and beautiful tidal river systems of Thailand.
Our freshwater stingray fishing holidays in Thailand are the ultimate angling experience for anglers visiting the land of smiles in search of monster fish
Giant Snakehead fishing in Thailand holidays
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Fishing for Giant Snakehead in such stunning areas of great natural beauty as the world famous Khao Laem Dam or Srinakarin Dam in Kanchanburi province allows visiting anglers the chance to target the highly aggressive and predatory Giant Snakehead and other native predators such as Hampala Barb and Striped Snakehead in their natural environment.
Anglers visiting the dams which are often located in National Parks will be fishing against a backdrop of stunning flora and fauna with imposing lime stone peaks and an abundance of tropical wildlife.
Lure fishing in Thailand for Giant Snakehead is a truly wild and unique angling experience and should be included in any anglers Thailand fishing holiday itinerary.
Carp fishing in Thailand holidays
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The gigantic weights attained by the Giant Siamese carp and epic battles which ensue when hooking one of these fish make them a highly attractive capture for visiting carp anglers to Thailand.
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Arapaima fishing in Thailand holidays
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Predator fishing in Thailand holidays
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The Mekong Catfish in Thailand has attained huge weights to over 250kg in the wild and is present in various lakes throughout Thailand with weights to 150kg.
Fishing for the Mekong Catfish is a must for any visiting angler wishing to battle hard fighting monster catfish in Thailand.
With Mekong Catfish stocked into fishing lakes and ponds throughout Thailand such as Bungsamran, Palm Tree Lagoon and IT Lake Monster anglers have the opportunity to fish for possibly the largest catfish on Earth whilst on holiday in Thailand.