A British woman fishing at a resort lake in Thailand may have broke the world record for the largest freshwater fish ever caught by a woman.
The Express, a British newspaper, reported that angler Dawn Hall pulled in a monster nine-foot-long, 490-pound South American arapaima during her recent fishing trip to a resort lake in southern Thailand. The resort’s owner informed Hull that her catch was the world’s largest freshwater fish caught by a woman, but no word yet from the International Game Fishing Association.
Hull, a resident of Peatling Parva in Leicestershire, United Kingdom, pulled in the massive fish in only 25 minutes by herself. To give you a sense of how heavy a 490-pounds arapaima is, imagine reeling in a mid-size ATV or a refrigerator filled with food. If Hull does set the official world record for the largest freshwater fish ever caught by a woman, it will be an impressive accomplishment.
“It didn’t sink in for a few hours,” Hull told the Express. “It was when I was floating round the pool and I thought no other woman had ever caught a fish near the weight of that one.”
South American arapaima are predatory fish indigenous to the Amazon River, but are often imported to Thailand as exotic catches for anglers at fishing resorts.
Photo via A. Hull and Express.co.uk