Man Catches 250-lb Monster Fish Using Piranha as Bait

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Now here is a deadly catch. According to Orange News, British angler Steve Townson achieved his dream of catching a giant wild arapaima fish in Guyana, South America.

The wild arapaima is the largest freshwater fish in the world. Townson's massive catch weighed over 250 lbs and was plucked from the Essequibo River.

Townson achieved his fishy feat by using a 2-lb piranha as bait. The angler has traveled the world, especially South America, hooking exotic and unusual fish for a living. He has even started a company to help others do the same, calling it Amazon Angler.

After posing for photos, Townson allowed the fish to be released back into the water.

"The Arapaima is one of the world's biggest and mightiest freshwater fish, and to catch them in the wild is a rare privilege," Townson shared with Orange News. "They are protected and cannot be removed by law for the table, but our partners in Guyana are working on strictly catch and release with the local Amerindians."

Townson assured animal lovers that the fish was never removed from the water during the catch. Since the behemoths are actually quite fragile, the angler handled the arapaima with care and then let it swim away "to fight another day."

Surprisingly, Townson's arapaima was not the biggest on record; a 339-lb arapaima caught recently by a different angler holds the current record.

Now that Towson has crossed this goal off the list, he hopes to bring the same experience to others. The angler is looking to start trips to the river for supervised arapaima catching.

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Ok. This might look fake but it isny. ive seen in on the show river monsters. Its true.

April 03 2013 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

did they have to take the fish out of the water to count the scales lol........! or how does that work?

March 26 2013 at 10:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't see the justification for the hate. He caught it, the fish never completely left the water, and he let it go. As a result, the entire protected species will get some public attention.

Had he killed the fish just to put it on his wall? Sure. But this? No. Heck, if he'd killed the fish in order to feed people, it'd be justified. Sadly some people just won't be happy until the rest of the world are also vegans, despite the fact that such a thing is an impossibility given the world's resources (namely, there's just not enough farm land, and you'd end up doing some serious damage to the world's soil, not to mention the habitat destruction).

Killing and eating other livings things is just part of nature. As long as that's the only reason for hunting and fishing, then rational people shouldn't have a problem. And if you're out shooting bears because you wanna take a picture with a dead bear, get bent.

March 22 2013 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Before I weigh-in here I'd like to say that I have indeed fished in my younger years - got a kick out of it then - but lost interest as time went on to the point now that it's not even a distant option in my life any longer.

That said - when I see grown 'men' beaming proudly holding up their moose, fish, bear, deer, what have you - I see a little boy who never made it past the 3rd-grade. Unfortunately I also see wonderfully wild majestic animals needlessly taken from their environments for what? A trophy?

One more aside before the little boy rednecks weigh-in on my comment: I spend LOTS of time in nature and know more about tracking, camping, and survival than most of you backyard, Bud-Light, burger-flippin' Ted Nugents could ever know.

Okay now splain yourselves proud little Trophy Boyz. Tell us why catching a fish on a hook - or slamming an unsuspecting deer in the head with a slug makes you feel so accomplished and special eh?

March 12 2013 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Scontz's comment

You must not have had many hunter friends. The far majority use the animal they kill, mostly eating it, and trophies are nothing but a pelt with a fake core. Those that kill and waste it are looked down upon. No one wants to hunt with those idiots. Furthermore, people like this man and other hunters are highly involved in conservation efforts for any of the game animals they hunt. For someone that claims to be knowledgeable in tracking etc, you sure are ignorant about hunting and conservation.

March 13 2013 at 8:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emma Jane Townson

haha you people are hilarious....nothing better to do? exploiting nature? I bet at least one of you who wrote those has been to a zoo/been on safari/got fish in a tank/got an animal from the pound (you get the picture...) so you want to talk about exploiting nature? bring it on...

Conservation is what I would call it. Catch and Release - not harming, not exploiting. Eish...

March 08 2013 at 2:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

"The wild arapaima is the largest freshwater fish in the world"..... No it isn't.

March 07 2013 at 4:11 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to dgerb1979's comment

Writer tried to look on wikipedia which says "one of the largest" lol

March 13 2013 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was a scale fish. He didn't have to weigh it.

March 07 2013 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Elaine Jones-Bonham: your observations were correct. I also think that this brit. is lying! I will contact the Guyana goverment, and inquired about this practice. He pretends to have other people to come to South America, and do the same for profit. Abusing nature in other Countries...!

March 07 2013 at 3:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to marcop149's comment

You are a moron... it is a freakin fish.

March 07 2013 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How horrible to bring attention to a protected species so that the public will be aware of its plight and contribute to public interest in its conservation! What a horrible thing he did!

March 13 2013 at 8:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Loren Callender

This is in Guyana South America

March 07 2013 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Loren Callender

this is Guyana...

March 07 2013 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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