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A few days ago I was watching River Monsters at Discovery Channel and came up with the idea to show you the toughest fishes to catch. Iâ€™m not a fisherman and I donâ€™t know a lot of fish species, and sometimes do not understand this obsession, but hey â€" everyone has an obsession. Please donâ€™t mind if I made some mistake somewhere, I used a variety of sources, and sometimes I couldnâ€™t check all data, so there may be some errors in the text. Feel free to correct me, and of course comment on. Enjoy!
Giant Trevally (Caranx Ignobilis)
GT isnâ€™t rare fish â€" it is found in many different locations throughout the world, but mainly the warm tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They have immense power which can be attributed to thick shoulders and midsections of muscle and large almost paddle-like pectoral and tail fins. Solitary specimens can reach up to 200lbs and over 5 ft in length.
Mighty Tarpon is considered one of the greatest fighters in the water. It isnâ€™t that these fish are rare or isolated to one area to catch, but the fact that they are one of the oldest, most prehistoric fish out there and have been roaming the waters longer than humans have occupied the earth draws considerable interest. Giant Tarpon can get up to 6.6 ft in length and well over 200 lbs.
Tigerfish (Hydrocynus Alestiidae)
These African fish are found in many rivers and lakes on the continent, and are fierce predators with distinctive protruding teeth. The Goliath Tiger is the largest of this family and mainly found in the Congo River system, and it is prized game fish.
Golden Dorado (Salminus maxillosus)
Despite having Salminus in its name, the Dorado is not related to any species of salmon, nor to the saltwater fish also called Dorado. Golden Dorado have large heads with powerful jaws that are filled with sharp teeth. They average about 3 feet long, and are golden colored. The average size of the Golden Dorado is about 6-25 pounds, but the largest recorded size is 68 pounds. They are found in the warm waters in South America, namely Argentina and Brazil.
Permit (Trachinotus falcatus)
Permit are smart and pound for pound one of the strongest fish in the water. They have the ability to use their wide bodies late in the battle and keep their head down, making them a challenge to even those most seasoned fishermen. Permit are usually found in shallow, tropical waters mainly in flats and channels and are typically range from 10 to 20 lbs.
Milkfish (Chanos Chanos)
The Milkfish is the sole living species in the family Chanidae. They can grow to 5ft in length but are most often about 3 ft in length and up to nearly 40 lbs.
Taimen (Hucho Taimen)
Taimen are typically found in upper Mongolia and Eastern Siberia but migrate some around those areas. In Russia it is called the River Wolf because of its fierce, attacking nature it exhibits in its habitat coming out of the water to strike rodents and/or birds. The maximum size is not well known, but a fish caught in the Kotui River in Russia with a length of nearly 7 ft (83 in) and 231 lbs is the largest reliable record.
Golden Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita)
Small and beautiful, distinctive and spectacular, the typical golden trout with its vibrant colors evolved over thousands of years adapting to the high country meadows of the Kern Plateau. Thanks to the California Fish and Game they put a management plan in place to reverse the trend, because Golden Trout was on the verge of extinction.
Golden Mahseer (Barbus tor putitora)
It resides in the Northern part of India, and it is one of the worldâ€™s toughest freshwater fish. Its voracious appetite and sheer strength has given it an almost mythical status, allowing it to obtain weights in excess of 100lbs.
Pirarucu (or Arapaima) (Arapaima gigas)
Arapaima is mainly found in the Amazon regions of South America, but have been planted in areas of Thailand and Malaysia. These giants can reach 9 feet (2.75 meters) long and weigh up to 440 pounds (200 kilograms) making them one of the largest fresh water species. The Arapaima is also unique in the fact that it spends most of its time near the surface because it has to needs to breathe air to survive surfacing about every 15 minutes.
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