Freshwater Stingray fishing in Thai Rivers – 24 01 2010
Thai angler Viroj and two clients visited the Maeklong River at Samut Songkran fishing for Giant freshwater stingrays.
Coinciding the Stingray fishing to correspond with the incoming tide the angler waited patiently for action.
After almost one hour the angler’s patience was rewarded by a slow determined take which saw him winding down into the unseen freshwater stingray.
A short ten minute battle followed which saw the anglers prising the stingray from the muddy riverbed on various occasions.
The freshwater stingray was finally brought to the waiting net and was netted on the first attempt.
The Giant freshwater stingray was observed to be a small male and was estimated to weigh 60kg’s.
After repositioning the boat in the productive area the anglers fished for a further two hours before line began to be pulled from the multiplier reel.
Winding down into the stingray resulted in the powerful Conoflex rod being dragged towards the surface of the river.
Continued pressure applied from directly above the stingray kept the freshwater stingray moving each time it clamped onto the muddy riverbed.
Fifteen minutes later a large Giant freshwater stingray was brought alongside the boat where it was quickly netted on the first attempt.
The stingray was estimated to weigh 85kg’s and was identified as being a male before being photographed and promptly returned to the river