Another visit from a Japanese TV company sees Fishsiam fishing for stingrays at the Mae Klong River
Another visiting TV crew from Japan joined us for a short two day trip at the Mae klong River in Thailand fishing for Giant freshwater stingrays.
Joined by VRMC from Chulalongkorn University headed by Dr. N.Chansue the Japanese crew were soon fishing in the lower reaches of the tidal river.
After setting a series of floats at varying points across the river the anglers waited patiently for events tyo unfold.
A few hours passed before one of the floats indicated a bite. On winding down into the unseen fish it was soon clear that this was not a Giant freshwater stingray as the fish moved off on a high speed run.
A short battle followed which saw the fish making a series of runs in mid water, the heavy duty equipment soon had the fish beaten, and a small Bullshark was brought alongside the boat.
After unhooking the Bull shark it was not long before another one of the floats burst into life.
On this occasion it was clearly a Giant freshwater stingray down below as the 130lb class rod was bent alarmingly towards the water.
After a slow but determined initial run, the stingray clamped onto the riverbed with unmovable force.
After changing the position of the boat, the anglers managed to get the stingray moving once again, as it moved off powerfully downstream on another run.
The battle continued for twenty minutes before the stingray was finally brought up to the waiting net.
The Giant freshwater stingray was estimated to weigh 100kg’s+ and was carefully examined by the scientific team from VRMC.
Measurements and tissue samples were recorded from the stingray before it was released back into the mae klong River.
Although the anglers continued to fish for a further few hours no more fish were landed.