Species: Chitala lopis
Thai Name: Pla Sadtur
Grows to weight/length: 10kg+/1.5m+
Stocked at Hookers: to 10kg, caught at 7.3kg
The giant featherback is a striking looking fish with its long laterally compressed body also giving it the name “knife fish” or “sheath fish”. Unlike the smaller clown featherback, the giant featherback can grow to weights in excess of 10kg feeding largely on snails, shrimp and small fish. The current IGFA record stands at 9.5kg and we have stocked fish in excess of this weight although those caught so far have been smaller.
Our giant featherback need to be specifically targeted: we recommend float or ledger fishing with one of our light rods in the small bay areas and close to the hyacinths. Worms and small pieces of shrimp and fish work well and you should be prepared for some acrobatics as the fish attempts to shed the hook during a frantic fight that typically consists of short sharp bursts of energy. A very good fighting fish for its size that never gives up.