John Wilson fishing in Thailand lands Giant freshwater stingray – 27 10 2015
A visit to the Mae Klong River in Thailand by Tim Webb from Palm Tree Lagoon saw him accompanied by legendary angler John Wilson from the UK fishing for Giant freshwater stingrays.
The anglers were soon fishing for stingrays on a wide section of the Mae Klong River with baits placed at various intervals across the river.
After waiting for some time one of the baits was picked up as an unseen river monster as it moved slowly across the riverbed.
After attaching the fighting harness and tying off the mainline, John wound down into the unseen stingray.
The fish responded by putting the heavy duty stand up rod into full compression and pulling a few yards of line off the Okuma Makaira multiplier.
The veteran angler began to pile on the pressure, bringing the stingray off the bottom on several occasions only for it to clamp onto the bottom with unmovable force.
The battle continued for almost twenty five minutes before the Giant freshwater stingray was brought over the waiting net.
On inspection the stingray was identified as being a female with a width of 1.88 m with an estimated weight of 190-200kg making it the legendary anglers largest freshwater fish.
John Wilson aged 72 is the oldest angler that we know to have ever caught a large Giant freshwater stingray.
John now lives in Thailand where he has his own private fishery in Chumpon and is now cooperating with Tim Webb from Palm Tree Lagoon on multi venue fishing holidays in Thailand angling in Chumpon, Ratchaburi and the Maeklong River.
Full details on these exclusive fishing trips can be seen on Palm Tree Lagoon’s website.