World-Record Carp at 132 Pounds Caught by Tourist in Thailand

Monday, 21 Oct 2013 09:06 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A world-record breaking carp weighing 132 pounds was caught by a British tourist on his birthday during a trip to Krabi, Thailand.

Keith Williams, 56, of Surrey, England, pulled in the 132 pound Siamese carp after apparently telling his wife earlier in the day that he was going to catch a special fish on his birthday.

"He told his wife that he could feel in his bones that he was going to catch a special fish that day," resort owner Stuart Gillham told Britain's Metro newspaper.

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After making the catch, Williams' "reaction was one of total shock – he said never in his wildest dreams did he imagine he would catch a world record," Gillham added. "In the days after this capture Keith was walking around in a daze – he is still saying it has not yet sunk in."

The potentially world-record breaking carp, which is still waiting to be ratified by the International Game Fish Association, took Williams 25 minutes to reel in, the Metro noted.

The London Times reported that the previous record had been held by Terry Mather, who caught a 114-pound Siamese carp.

Siamese carp, also known as giant barb, are migratory fish found in only a handful of rivers in Indochina, specifically the Mae Klong, Mekong, and Chao Phraya rivers. In recent years, Siamese carp populations have seen a rapid decline due to overfishing and habitat loss, and are now considered critically endangered.

Despite its size, the Siamese carp isn't the world's largest freshwater fish, with that title belonging to a nearly nine-foot-long, 646 pound Mekong giant catfish that was caught in Thailand in 2010, according to National Geographic.

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