Fishy Sunday

Who's gonna clean that one?

Who’s gonna clean that one?

Zeb Hogan was already familiar with the legendary Mekong giant catfish. After all, he’d been studying the beasts, which grow to hundreds and hundreds of pounds, for years. But when a colleague in Thailand phoned him up in 2005 to say that fishermen had hauled a 646-pounder ashore, it seemed…unprecedented. So Hogan, a biologist at the University of Nevada, Reno, did some poking around. He found some records that showed that it was not only the biggest Mekong giant catfish, but the biggest recorded freshwater fish ever caught.

And it all got him thinking: Could there be even bigger freshwater fish out there? National Geographic apparently thought it was a good enough question to fund him, so cash in hand he set out to find the answer. On over 50 expeditions across six continents so far, Hogan’s been wading through river after river and hooking giant fish after giant fish—building a better picture of Earth’s little-understood freshwater monsters in the process. So far that 646-pound catfish stands as the world’s biggest, but in his quest Hogan has found that the picture he’s built ain’t pretty.



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15 Responses to Fishy Sunday

  1. Den says:

    Got bait? Lets go fishing.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Birch & Barley again after 41 minutes again.


  3. Den says:

    Wish my bones would let me do that. 😦


    • David B. Benson says:

      Oh, they will. Walking sticks are nice but not necessary. Good walking shoes and keeping at it, a little more each week or month. I’ve been going for about 20 months now. It takes some time.


      • David B. Benson says:

        And yes, the top of both feet ache a bit. More beer and wine will provide symptomatic relief.


      • Den says:

        You don’t understand, I have no cartilage left in my left ankle, “trashed” my orthopod said, my right foot has arthritis in the small joints, along with a sketchy knee, some days better than others, most days I can do a mile then I have to sit down. I beat up my body quite well as a youth and am paying for it now. Limited hiking ability. The rest of me is shot too, I just do what I can with rest so I can do some more, rinse and repeat.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    With no breeze even 84 °F feels too warm.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    On the walk to the Birch & Barley saw a covey of quail and later a snake on a river bridge. On the way to Sloan I saw another snake. Of course robins and a variety of other birds.


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