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The Catfish in the lake have become quite accustomed to taking bread snacks out of the hands of visitors.

I have seen Catfish up to 10 kilograms in the lake, but there are places in Thailand where they grow to more than 100 kilograms
...in fact, in the Mekong River near Chiang Rai there is a rare species of Giant Catfish that grows to about 300 kilograms and local fishermen are paid a bounty to release it after capture.

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The Catfish in the lake have become quite accustomed to taking bread snacks out of the hands of visitors.

I have seen Catfish up to 10 kilograms in the lake, but there are places in Thailand where they grow to more than 100 kilograms
...in fact, in the Mekong River near Chiang Rai there is a rare species of Giant Catfish that grows to about 300 kilograms and local fishermen are paid a bounty to release it after capture.

comments (14)

  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Aug 2009, 00:36
Whoa, I'd be worried I'd lose my hand you know. Nice capture and science lesson smile
Ray: I think Catfish are more inclined to suck than bite, Savo, so not much danger they would do you any damage with their mouth.

For defence, they do have barbed fins, and a prick is very painful...you cop this if you don't pick them up the correct way.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 31 Aug 2009, 01:48
I agree with SAVO, Ray. I know that deep-fried catfish is a big thing here in our South, but every time I actually SEE a Live catfish like this, I can't imagine eating one. It is one U-G-L-Y fish, if you ask me. sad
Ray: The small ones are very tasty on the BBQ, Ginnie...but I am not sure about the bigger ones.

I don't regard them as ugly, but I believe you have a lot of company with this feeling.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 31 Aug 2009, 06:29
Dont know if its the same as the Australian freshwater catfish, but boy are they nice on the barbecue
Ray: I doubt they are the same species, Zed, but they are very similar in appearance.

The little ones [say, less than 1 kilogram] are very popular BBQ fillers in Thailand.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Aug 2009, 06:40
What an amazing capture Ray!
Ray: Just happened to be passing by, Chris, as this guy was hand-feeding the catfish...I grabbed a few quick shots.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Aug 2009, 07:48
We have an old dam over here where the catfish grow quite big near the wall area. Divers report that in the murky water you see a dark hole where they can halfway fit in. When they get closer, the catfish closes its mouth and swim away.

No divers missing yet.

Fillet of catfish, marinaded in a sweet curry sauce and then barbecued.
Ray: I have heard an identical tale in Australia, in reference to the big Murray Cod that live in that river, Louis. [grin]

I can see this recipe would work just fine.

Thai-style:
1. Catch a bucket of small catfish.
2. Pick some lemon-grass.
3. Ram lemongrass down the throats of the catfish.
4. Light a fire.
5. Fling catfish [guts and all] in the embers.
6. After 5 minutes, remove catfish from embers.
7. Make a fresh sauce of chili, pestled with fish sauce.
8. Pick flesh off catfish with fingers, dip in sauce, eat.
Seems most of this lot want to BBQ this poor chap!
Ray: Seems that way, Bill.

But, there are lots of other things one can do with catfish, such as:
* wrap 'em in aluminium foil and bake 'em
* fling 'em, whole, in a deep fryer
* steam 'em, with assorted vegetables
* discuss Nietschke's "Beyond Good and Evil" with 'em while quaffing Shiraz
* etc
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 31 Aug 2009, 08:49
They are so ugly they should be put on the bbq.good capture
Ray: Are you sure you are not jealous of their impressive moustaches, Vintage....?

[grin]
Great timing Ray. Fine capture!
Ray: Thanks Richard.

I managed for a change to be in the right place at the right time.
That looks like brioche ray.
Ray: Right colour, Chad, but I doubt it has right texture and taste. I think this bread is made specifically for fish food.
Cusioso este pez, debe estar muy acostumbrado a las personas, de todas formas es increible, parace que esté domado. Saludos!!
Ray: Pienso, cuando hay muchos peces que compiten por el alimento, ellos son más desesperados para conseguir el alimento y entonces ellos pierden un poco de su miedo de la gente.

[I think, when there are many fish competing for food, they are more desperate to get the food and so they lose some of their fear of humans.]
Don't let my son near a Catfish, he really would want to try and catch it. Great shot once again Ray.
Ray: I am not an enthusiastic fisherman, Brian, but I know many people who are.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 31 Aug 2009, 13:02
I've eaten plenty of farm grown catfish from the southern US but they are dam ugly when alive. Good capture.
Ray: I have enough material now to do a book on Thai Catfish, Mary. I'll let you folks know when it is ready to view. I'll include at least I shot of a handsome Catfish...
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands
  • 31 Aug 2009, 15:11
LOL you just amaze me Ray!!grin
Ray: A legend in my own lunchtime, Tracy!

[grin]
Thanks for the lesson, didnt have a clue they got so big.

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