Giant Gourami Fishing Thailand
Giant Gourami
Osphronemus goramy
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Giant Gourami Fishing Thailand
Freshwater Fish of Thailand

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:
Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata
Class:
Actinopterygii
Order:
Perciformes
Family:

Polynemidae

Genus:
Osphronemus
Species:
Osphronemus goramy

Facts & Figures

Common name:
Giant gourami
Local Thai Name:
Pla Let
Max published weight:
70cm SL – 8.0 Kg
Environment:
Benthopelagic, freshwater, brackish water
Status:
Native
 
giant gourami osphronemus goramy
Giant Gourami fishing in Thailand
Giant Gourami -Osphronemus goramy

 

Freshwater Fish Species Of Thailand

The giant gourami (Osphronemus goramy) is a freshwater fish species in the threadfins family (family Polynemidae) of order Perciformes (perch-likes), native to the Mekong River & Chao Phraya river basins in Thailand.

Natural Food Source

The giant gourami is a herbivorous fish primarily feeding on plant life, detritus, zoobenthos & insects.

Giant Gourami Identification

Giant gourami are easily identified by a few clear features. The head is clearly concave leading to a superior up-turned mouth. The body is short & deep with a flat, compressed width\cross-section. The pelivic fin's first ray has a long tentacle reaching past the caudal fin which is clearly rounded. Colourations vary greatly, however generally the scales are bronze\golden in colour and poses irregular black spots & markings over it's head and part of the body.

Giant Gourami Fishing Thailand

Fish Thailand venue:
Fishing season: All year
Lake record: Approx. 6 Kg

Shadow Lake and Khao Laem Dam are 2 other Fish Thailand venues which are also home to the giant gourami; however the best venue to specifically target this fish specie of Thailand is Bungsamran Lake in Bangkok.

Here the giant gourami grows huge and although tricky to tempt, with a little patience and by fishing quietly around the marginal areas of the lake - it is likely that you will catch one. Bread, worms and sweetcorn are all great baits for this fish and best fished free-lined or beneath a float for best results.

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