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Giant catfish in Muar River? Yes, it was true in 70s.

I saw a Malay fisherman carried a catfish as tall as him on his back in 70s who was passing my house in the new village. The camera is a precious household item owned by a few only, thus no photo was taken.

Besides, two giant 3 to 5 feet turtles, the big one is 4 to 5 feet were caught with trap by kampong folks in 70s also. An adult man was seating on its back and the big turtle still floating on a pond.

The villagers called in Zoo Negara to keep the turtles, unfortunately both turtles escaped from the pond on that night, otherwise you people will able to see Muar giant turtles in the Zoo Negara.

The bridge in the photo is in my village. Several crocodiles were spotted in the same location recently.

Catfish poser in Muar river
By Chong Chee Seong

ANGLING potential: If claims about the presence of giant freshwater catfish were true, they could boost Muar’s tourism draw.

Villagers claim the existence of giant freshwater catfish known locally as ‘baung’ in the Muar. Pic by Chong Chee Seong

MUAR: LOCAL fishermen here are claiming that freshwater catfish can be found at the Muar river. Some of the catfish, known locally as baung, are said to be over 30kg in weight.

Villagers here claim that these giant catfish are able to jump as high as three metres out of the water to catch monkeys playing on the low-lying branches over the river.

Johor 102 Village community heads’ committee chairman Sia Ka Tuan called on the Johor government, the State Fisheries Department and the National Geographic Society to find out if the claims were true.

He said the experts should conduct a study of rivers in Panchor, Pagoh, Bukit Kepong and areas towards to Segamat to see if there are such giant catfish.

“I have received reports from my committee members that such giant catfish exists in the waters upstream of Muar river.

“According to one fisherman, however, there may not be many left because of water pollution.”

Sia said he once heard of a baung weighing about 30kg that was caught from the Muar river about 30 to 40 years ago.

Meanwhile, Pagoh Durian Chondong MCA chairman Goh Tik Tik said there are probably very few giant catfish left in the Muar river these days. He said that if it was true that the giant catfish still exists in the Muar river, then the authorities should protect them from extinction.

Fisherman Mohd Noor Daud, 72, who had been fishing at Bukit Kepong river for more than 50 years, said he once hooked a 10kg baung using dead chicken as bait.

Bukit Kepong resident Isnin Khalid, 74, said if such giant catfish could still be found in the Muar river, it could be turned into a tourism product to attract recreational anglers.

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Pakatan Muar says:

sea creature from muar river :

GP Lim says:

Our Jabatan Perikanan appears to be not effective. Fish for consumption getting less and more expensive. Good ones reserved for export to Spore while we import ikan masin from Thailand.

Arowana business reported on TV (Transformasi agenda by BN) is not as rosy. Many have fallen into evil investment schme.

Ornamental fishes mostly reared in Malaysia but export via Changi – and this “Lembu punya susu, sapi dapat nama” has made Spore to be the biggest haven for ornamental fishes. You know why ? Bcoz Sepang Cargo division not reliable as transit time too long and the export fishes will be DOA (dead on arrival).

nkkhoo says:

A big arowana firm owner (one of six firms with export license) in JB told my bother that they prefer to use Changi Airport because there are thieves in KLIA or Senai stealing their fishes.

Fish Lovers says:

Fishers in northern Thailand netted this huge catfish in the Mekong River on May 1. Nearly nine feet long (2.7 meters) and as big as a grizzly bear, the behemoth tipped the scales at 646 pounds (293 kilograms). Experts say the fish, which belongs to the species known as the Mekong giant catfish, may be the largest freshwater fish ever recorded.

nkkhoo says:

Mekong River at least 10 times bigger and longer than Muar River with ample space and resources for bigger fishes.

So, 5 to 6 feet catfish in Muar River is considered a giant fish.