Day 2 Stingray fishing in Thailand at Mae klong River with Japanese TV
The second and final day of stingray fishing in thailand at the Mae klong River with the Japanese production team saw us once again fishing in the lower reaches of the river.
Fishing in a wide section of the river saw us once again deploying floats at intervals along the central section in search of one of the bigger stingrays.
The first few hours saw no interest from the stingrays but produced several Bull Sharks in the 15-20 kg range.
With the river slowly rising due to the incoming tide a slow but determined take saw us winding down into a much larger fish.
As line began to be stripped from the reel, it was clear that we were attached to a good sized Giant freshwater stingray as it moved powerfully downstream towing the boat behind it.
A long drawn out battle ensued which saw the Giant freshwater stingray regularly clamping onto the bottom in an effort to evade capture.
After spending long periods fixed to the bottom the fish would then embark on unstoppable runs before once again clamping onto the riverbed.
This epic tug of war continued for over an hour before the Giant freshwater stingray was finally brought off of the bottom where it was played out in mid water.
On hoisting the giant stingray up to the surface the fish reacted angrily thrashing wildly as it was brought to the waiting net.
After securing the stingray alongside the boat the fish was slowly brought to the riverside for inspection by the waiting scientists from Chulalongkorn University.
At the riverside the Giant freshwater stingray was measured at a width of 2m’s and was estimated to weigh 200-210 kg’s.
The large female was given a short period for recovery and inspected by the scientists who took all relevant samples etc.
After obtaining some fantastic footage of the fish, the stingray was released back into the river where it swam away strongly.