World record arapaima on half a chicken!

A 20-year wait to catch an arapaima ended with Tony Matthews banking a world record for the species.

The 55-year-old HGV driver from Doncaster spent four days at Palm Tree Lagoon in Thailand where he caught seven arapaima, ranging from 66lb to this estimated 485lb specimen.

The fish fell for half a chicken mounted on a size 2/0 hook and 30kg braid, and took over 90 minutes to land.

He said: “The current record stands at 357lb but because we estimated this fish’s weight I can’t lodge an official claim. The venue itself is incredible and holds over 90 different species and between 60-70 world records. I can’t wait to go back in November to try for one of the huge Siamese carp.”

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