Yeovil angler lands 440lb araipima fish during Thailand trip
A Yeovil angler has set his sights on landing one of India’s biggest fish after reeling in a 30-stone beast on a trip to Thailand.
Estate agent Jeremy Smith recently returned from a holiday at Gillhams Fishing Resort in the Asian country boasting a 20-fish haul including a 440lbs araipima.
Smith spent 45 minutes in the lake attempting to land the giant specimen in searing temperatures, supported by two fishery workers.
He said: “You go there with a certain degree of hope as you don’t know what the lake holds but we were blown away. When you say you have caught a 440lbs fish it is hard for other people to appreciate.
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“That particular fish is incredibly delicate. It never actually leaves the water so you have got to get in. The two other guys held each end and I had to hold the middle. But it is a ferocious fish and you have to be careful as it will ram you and a 440lbs battering ram to the chest isn’t good.
“It took 45 minutes to reel in but that was not as long as the Mekong giant catfish, which took an hour and 20 minutes. During the six days we caught 20 fish. It is not an easy place, it is quite tough and there were others around us catching two or three in the same time.”
Smith has fished waters in Belize, Mexico, Kenya, Gran Canaria, Egypt and Australia, admitting if there is a fish to catch he will pursue it.
Next year he heads to India in a bid to land the mahseer fish that inhabits both lakes and rivers.
“That has been a life-time ambition of mine so that will happen next year,” said Smith. “Hopefully I will also get back to Gillhams in September.”