I received an email from Heinz Machacek, the editor World Records Freshwater Fishing.

Heinz has an English version listing the verified record sizes of fish caught by fishing rod. If you go to his website you will find many of the fish we keep in the hobby and in some cases be very surprised at the records either being bigger than expected or in many cases being smaller. It's a free website and you can click on his email to receive regular updates.



Dear Arapaimag,


it would be great if you can add the latest newsletter.


Thank you in advance

Best regards



Heinz Machacek, editor

World Records Freshwater Fishing




He has updated his website and has many new records !!!!!!

So please go to his site and see the new records please

I hope you enjoy it and remember these are not necessarily the world records for a species of fish but were the records that he has accurately verified as being caught sport fishing often by Rod & Reel.  

Also they are not all TROPICAL FISH but they sure are MONSTERS.

If you know of larger fish caught please contact Heinz Machacek (His information and message is at the top and bottom of this article.

Potamotrygon brachyura is the second largest real freshwater ray after the Asian Himantura chaophraya.

English name: Short-tailed River Stingray

Scientific name: Potamotrygon brachyura




English name: Giant Siamese Carp

Scientific name: Catlocarpio siamensis



English name: Common Carp

Scientific name: Cyprinus carpio


English name: -

Scientific name: Brachyplatystoma capapretum

I Brachyplatystoma capapretum was “discovered” in 2005! This means the scientists Lundberg and Akama described it as a new species. Before this, it was only considered as a colour variation of Brachyplatystoma filamentosum.




English name: Giant Pangasius

Scientific name: Pangasius sanitwongsei



English name: Rainbow Trout

Scientific name: Oncorhynchus mykiss



English name: Black Pacu

Scientific name: Colossoma macropomum



English name: Huchen

Scientific name: Hucho hucho


English name: Barred Sorubim. Tiger Shovelnose

Scientific name: Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum


English name: Alligator Gar

Scientific name: Atractosteus spatula



English name: Dorado

Scientific name: Salminus brasiliensis




English name: Brook Trout

Scientific name: Salvelinus fontinalis


English name: Trout Cod

Scientific name: Maccullochella macquariensis

Method: Sportfishing with rod & reel


We are sure, that some surprises are still waiting in natural history museums or other exhibitions around the world. For example this Beluga is the largest one with photo proof we found till now.

English name: Beluga Sturgeon

Scientific name: Huso huso

Method: net (You didn't think they could catch it with a rod did you?)


English name: Piraiba

Scientific name: Brachyplatystoma filamentosum

Method: Sportfishing with rod & reel


English name: Arctic Char

Scientific name: Salvelinus alpinus

These were only some highlights from the database and photogallery, so take a look at www.fishing-worldrecords.com !















GO TO THE on www.fishing-worldrecords.com, for up dates 



Bagrid Catfish
(Hemibagrus wyckioides) ???????????????????

(Lates calcarifer)





Any Sturgeon OVER about five feet has to be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water. 


For future updates please contact






Heinz Machacek, research editor & fish historian

World Records Freshwater Fishing