350lb Mekong heads up 11 per­sonal bests for TV legend

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

ANGLING legend John Wil­son has banked his big­gest-ever fish from a stillwater as part of a lively ses­sion that saw him land 11 per­sonal bests.

This huge Mekong cat­fish topped the scales at a mas­sive 350lb and was banked by the fish­ing icon, who now lives in Thai­land, just a few days af­ter cel­e­brat­ing his 73rd birth­day.

It mea­sured over 8ft long and took John al­most an hour to land dur­ing an his­toric three-day ses­sion at the award-win­ning Palm Tree La­goon Fish­ery in Ratch­aburi, Thai­land – a wa­ter which also gave him 28 other stun­ning fish of a va­ri­ety of species.

“This is my big­gest-ever fish from a stillwater, and in my time I’ve been to many in dozens of coun­tries,” said John.

“It was an amaz­ing fight, but it was far from plain sail­ing. Just as we were get­ting ready for that all-im­por­tant tro­phy shot the fish leapt from our grasp and made its bid for free­dom.

“Benny, who runs the fish­ery, leapt af­ter the fish that was eas­ily twice her own weight, man­aged to get a ‘judo-style’ side lock around the root of its tail and got it back into the hold­ing cage.

“I was to­tally mes­merised and shall for­ever be in her debt. She is not a woman to mess with.

“This is one of the most in­cred­i­ble day-ticket fish­eries It’s all ac­tion at Palm Tree La­goon.

that I’ve ever been to,” he added.

In ad­di­tion to John’s mas­sive Mekong, his ses­sion pro­duced 11 per­sonal bests across species in­clud­ing al­li­ga­tor garfish, Thai red­tail cat­fish, big head carp over 50lb , wal­lago attu, rohu, and cat­fish sharks top­ping 25lb.

His big­gest-ever stillwater fish was beaten with a Master­line Rovex John Wil­son Mon­ster Tamer rod and a reel loaded with 80lb braid.

If you’re in­ter­ested in vis­it­ing Palm Tree La­goon visit: www.palmtree­la­

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