Siamese giant carp (plaa kraho)

English names: Siamese Giant Carp, giant barb.

Scientific name: Catlocarpio siamesis.

Thai name: Kraho (กระโห้) or Kaman (กะมัน).

Description: The Siamese giant carp is a solid looking fish armed with an armour of black scales. It has an unusually large head and big bulgy eyes. The fish generally live in pairs so bites usually come in pairs. Due to their muscle density they can be very heavy and very strong swimmers that provide a very good fight when hooked. Due to their density, the Siamese giant carp are very fragile when on land. Precaution should be taken when handling them. They can grow up to 50kg or more in fishing ponds. The world record for the largest Siamese giant carp was broken and landed at Bungsamran, weighing in at over 120kgs.

The Siamese giant carp is usually a slow moving bottom feeder that feeds itself on plankton and aquatic vegetation. They are also critically endangered according to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Thankfully, they have not become extinct mostly because of their popularity as a game fish at stocked fishing ponds.

How to catch them: Well, don’t count on trying to catch one of these in the wild since the Mekong River Commission only recorded ten of these critically endangered fish were caught in 2000. So the only way to land one within a lifetime would be to head to a stocked pond. A bottom fishing rig armed with a large coil feeder baited with plenty of sifted wheat germ is the way to go for these bottom feeders. Be sure to arm yourself with a heavy tackle kit that could handle at least 30lb+ line because you’re in for a big fight.

Tastiness: Apparently the reason why they were over fished in the wild was due to their value as a table fish so I guess they taste pretty awesome.

A "small" Siamese giant carp covered with some dried grass.

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