REDTAIL CATFISH (35lbs)
I was staying at a fishing camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Here you rent a bungalow on the lake and attached is a fishing porch equipped with an arsenal of killer bait rods and gear. I caught three around this size and a few other native carp species. In this lake are 300 lb Mekong Catfish and 400 lb Arapaima. This was the best I could do in 18 hours of straight fishing in the heat.
45lb Snake Mackerel
Our new deckhand Wisna is from Lombok, Indonesia, we were 2 miles outside his village fishing for various reef fish. later we cooked the fish over dried coconut husks. The water is extremely good visibility and a strong current between Bali and Lombok carries nutrients into the area creating great reef structures and fish habitat. The schools of fish were in such massive concentrations that I could only wonder of what Hawaii was like 100 years ago.