Goonch Catfish

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Goonch catfish, 161 lbs., 5ft. 7in. to fork of tail, girth 41in., 'wingspan’ 44 in. See More Goonch Catfish Pictures >>
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By Jeremy Wade

Mountain rivers in North India and Nepal

Rocky and fast-flowing, with deep pools. Flow into River Ganges, then Bay of Bengal (Indian Ocean).

Goonch Characteristics

Having caught some goonch before, I knew their tactics on the end of a line. They don’t throw themselves dramatically out of the water and tire themselves out, like a “sporting” fish. They just hunker down and let the current flow over their huge flat head and wing-like pectoral fins, practically gluing themselves to the bottom.

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