Angling columnist Paul Armstrong and his German angling companion Alan Schmidt caught some fantastic fish, including good examples of one of the strangest of all species, the Featherback
, while a massive Chao Parayah catfish was the biggest specimen taken on the trip, landed by Herr Schmidt after a very long struggle.
Nao et al., "Tandem repeat sequence segments in control region of bronze featherback
Notopterus notopterus mitochondrial DNA," Fisheries Science, vol.
2005) are at least 104 species that fall in this category (Figure 5), including fish with high economic value like freshwater stingray (Himantura signifer), Asian bonytongue fish (Scleropagesformosus), giant featherback
(Chitala hypselonotus) and tapah catfish (Wallago leeri).
specularis, Cyprinidae) 28 Mrigal Indian major carp (Cirrhina mrigala, Cyprinidae) 29 Mola Minor carp (Amblypharyngodon mola, Cyprinidae) 30 Pabda Eurasian catfish (Ompok pabda,Siluridae) 31 Pholi Featherback
(Notopterus notopterus, Notopteridae) 32 Prawn (gura Freshwater small shrimp (Macrobrachium chingri) lomarrei, M.
The latter include ornamentals, such as the Clown Loach and the Asian Arowana, but also highly prized food fish such as the Marbled Goby Oxyeleotris marmorata or ikan lemas, Sultan Fish Leptobarbus hoevenii or jelawat, Featherback
Chitala lopis or belida and Giant Snakehead Channa micropeltes or toman.
Mike Sharp flew the British flag by catching Mekong catfish of 86 lb and 106 lb, and although Lek was primarily there to cook the meals she had a dabble herself and connected with a superb 9.08 kg Giant Featherback
. It is the first Featherback
she has ever caught and the catch has now been submitted to the IGFA for an All Tackle World Record for the species
Specimen hunters are willing to travel all over the globe nowadays seeking out specimen fish, and Bruce Dale of Belford in Northumberland acheived world record status, (and has the certificate to prove it,) when he caught the world's heaviest-ever featherback
, during a recent big fish expedition in Thailand.
Soles 2% Eels 3% Gars 2% Snakeheads 2% Barbs & Minnows 11% Carps 11% Catfishes 32% Clupeids 2% Anchovies 2% Featherbacks
3% IThreadfins 2% Mullets 3% Perches 12% Mudskippers 11% Flatheads 2% Note: Table made from pie chart.