Having had the opportunity to fish worldwide for bad ass freshwater fish, I am often asked which is the baddest! There are many items to take into account when rating fish. Here are 4 of my favorite.
PAPUAN BLACK SNAPPER, aka NIUGINI BASS--These brutes are found in the very remote areas of Papua New Guinea, the Province of Papua, and Indonesia. The flights from the USA are extremely long. Weather in these jungle environments can be downright nasty! Malaria strict environments, possibility of running into unfriendly natives, extreme heat, muddy water, herds of mosquitos, and pouring rains exist! However the fishing can be downright amazing! New Guinea Bass are extremely difficult to land. They swim around huge logjams which they use for their advantage in breaking off lures, etc.. They can be fooled by deep diving lures along with topwater poppers given the right conditions. They are flat out bulldogs running into the snags and do not jump much. Pound for pound there is nothing which can top this guy!! Broken rods, reel gears stripped, hooks bent, lines snapped, destroyed lures are common each day! I was knocked down on my face by the force of my trophy PNG bass and I weigh over 200lbs ! The IGFA all tackle record is 46lbs caught on the Kumimaipa River by friend Jason Yip who runs fishing adventures into the remote regions of PNG. Jason has seen bass much largers than his record! Good luck landing that one!!