Watch Alan successfully land the biggest chao phraya catfish in IT Monster Lake to date, estimated at 60kg, on a fairly light but strong AJN APR rod paired to a Shimano Stella reel.
Great effort indeed. (I feel his pain, too – JW)
Fish: Giant pangasius
Common name: Chao phraya catfish
Also known as the dog-eating catfish, it is said to grow up to 300 centimetres (9 feet) in length and weigh up to 300 kg (660 lb).
The giant pangasius, Paroon Shark or Chao Phraya giant catfish is a species of freshwater fish in the shark catfish family of order Siluriformes, found in the Chao Phraya and Mekong basins in Indochina. These fish are benthopelagic* swimmers.
The chao phraya catfish are carnivores that feed on small fish, shrimps and carcasses of large animals, and they will hunt as well as scavenge.
Scientific name: Pangasius sanitwongsei
*Benthopelagic fish inhabit the water just above the bottom, feeding on benthos and zooplankton. Most demersal (bottom feeder) fish are benthopelagic.