A massive 14-foot, 800-pound stingray is now the largest freshwater fish ever caught by…Jeff Corwin!?
Jeff Corwin is officially on the board for a pending world record for the largest freshwater fish ever taken by rod and reel. Wait. Jeff Corwin? The TV, nature, conservationist, funny man, Jeff Corwin? Actually, yeah, that’s the guy.
On a recent trip to the Mekong River in Thailand, specifically targeting giant freshwater stingrays for a television documentary, Corwin wound up catching the largest freshwater fish ever.
After releasing this massive fish back to the river, Corwin immediately went to Twitter and posted:
Potential world record freshwater fish, giant stingray, 14ft X 8ft! in Thailand filming for ABC’s Ocean Mysteries.
Check out this video featuring Corwin and the stingray.
“The battle to bring this giant fish to the boat was epic and it took many hours and multiple guys rotating off and on the reel,” said Corwin. “The experience was a true highlight of the series, not only connecting with a record-sized ray but being a part of cutting edge science.”
The standing record for the largest freshwater fish by rod and reel belongs to an angler that caught a giant Mekong catfish that weighed 660 pounds. Corwin’s fish might be hard to beat.
Look for the whole event to be featured on ABC later this year for the television series, “Ocean Mysteries.”
All photos via Daily Mail UK