15 Largest River Monster Fish Caught by Jeremy Wade

River Monsters is the episode uncovers the world’s largest, strangest and most dangerous fish, even bigger than a human. Most of the River Monsters are found in the freshwater of Amazon basin,such as Red Tail Catfish,Niger Catfish, Record Piraiba Catfish and Jau Catfish. Other giant river monster fish also includes Giant snakehead, Paddlefish, Taimen fish,black piranha,Payara Vampire Fish and Chinese giant salamander.

Alligator Gar, Trinity River – North America


Alligator Gar is the largest species in the gar family and among the largest freshwater fishes in North America. Alligator gar are ambush predators inhabit a wide variety of aquatic habitats including reservoirs, brackish water, lake and Trinity river in United States.

Arapaima, Amazon River – Brazil


The Arapaima is the second largest freshwater fish in the world,native to the Amazon basins of South America. Arapaima is torpedo-shaped black fish with red marking and capable of growing to a length in excess of 7 feet.

Bull Shark, Zambezi River – Africa


The Bull Shark are also known as Zambezi shark, commonly found in Zambezi river,the longest east flowing river in Africa. Zambezi river bull shark found in both saltwater and freshwater along coasts and in rivers of southern Brazil,eastern Angola and Zambia.

Electric Eel, Amazon River – South America


Electric eel is one of the most dangerous marine creature of Amazon river basin,found in the waters of South America. These famous freshwater predators can generate an electrical charge of up to 600 volts.

Sawfish, Indo-Pacific Ocean


Sawfish are also known as carpenter sharks, found in ocean waters of the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific. The Sawfishes are nocturnal and can grow to 23 feet, listed as critically endangered due to habitat loss and overfishing.

Giant Barb

Giant Barb or Siamese giant carp is the largest species of cyprinid, found only in the river basins in Indochina. The giant barb is considered as critically endangered due to due to habitat loss and overfishing.

Stingray, Borneo


Giant Freshwater Stingray is one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, found in large rivers in Indochina and Borneo. This species of giant freshwater stingray are classified as endangered due to over fishing and habitat degradation.

Goliath Tigerfish, Congo River – Central Africa


A Goliath Tigerfish is a very large African predatory freshwater fish,found in the Congo River in the heart of central Africa. The goliath tigerfish is giant-sized relative of the piranha and one of the most fearsome freshwater fish in the world.

Goonch Catfish, Kali River – India/Nepal


Goonch Catfish is the man-sized killer catfish and the biggest river monsters fish from India, found in the mountain rivers of North India and Nepal. The Kali river goonch catfish is the biggest catfish caught and known for attacks on humans.


The African Lungfish is an eel-like fish, generally inhabit shallow waters, such as swamps,backwaters,marshes, and small rivers in West and South Africa. African lungfishes are air breathers and considered to be among the most primitive living fishes.

Wels Catfish – Europe


The Wels Catfish is the large size catfish, native to wide areas of southern and eastern Europe. Wels catfish is the largest true freshwater fish and can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh over 300 pounds.

Nile Perch, Nile River – Africa

Nile Perch is a large freshwater fish native to the Congo, Nile, Turkana and other river basin of Africa. The Nile perch is an important food fish in Africa but now it has been introduced to Lake Victoria in East Africa.

Sturgeon, Fraser River – America


Sturgeon fish is the largest and most primitive freshwater fish in North America. Fraser River in British Columbia is the one of the top sturgeon fishing destinations in the world and biggest salmon-producing river system.

Giant Salamander – Japan

Japanese Giant Salamanders and Chinese giant salamander are the largest salamander and largest amphibian in the world. Salamander is one of the world’s weirdest creature, growing up to 1.8m long and considered to be a living fossil.

Piraiba Catfish, Amazon River


Piraiba Catfish is the larges catfish species and one of the most beautiful fish, found in the Amazon river basins of South America. The Piraiba catfish found only in fresh water of larger rivers and considered a game fish by anglers.


  • James Linn says:

    Jeremy Wade is one of my heroes. Where he goes all by himself and his method of investigating suspicious deaths, with curtesy for families of those lost, is a lesson in manners that appears lost to the Millennia generation. Three cheers for Jeremy and the old school generation of those who don’t have their faces glued to their cell phones and video games.

  • Madarchod Gandhi says:

    He caught the goonch in nepal not india. Why u tryna lie that he caught in in india lol.

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