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Malapterurus electricus

Electric Catfish

largest record catch captured in a picture and published

record category: other methods
weight: ~ 5,00 kg ( ~ 11 lb )
length: ~ 80 cm ( ~ 32 inches )
locality: Dja River , Cameroon
year: 2003
1937_Takanori Oishi_Electric Catfish_Malapterurus electricus.jpg
record caught by: Mr. Arasan , courtesy of: Takanori Oishi

"rod & reel" world record caught in:
Zimbabwe / capital: Harare / 390,757 sq km

Zimbabwe

RECORD WEIGHT

category metric english waters country year
rod & reel 5,33 kg 11 lb 12 oz Kariba Reservoir Zimbabwe 1979
other methods 25,00 kg 55 lb 2 oz Lake Chad , Lake Turkana , Niger River , Nile River , Senegal River Central Africa , East Africa , Egypt , Sudan , West Africa unknown

RECORD LENGTH

category metric english
rod & reel ~ 85 cm ~ 33 inches
other methods + 122 cm + 48 inches

RECORD AGE

category age
verified + 10 years
explanation:
rod & reel:
sport fishing record with rod & reel
other methods:
records by other methods (net, hand line, spear, bow fishing etc.)
rod & reel?:
unclear if the fish was caught with rod & reel
questionable:
records based on anecdotal reports, verification not possible
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verified by the IGFA