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Hey guys,

Anyone knows what species is this ? I've seen a photo of one which was 85kg (around 190lbs) caught from a river in Turkey.

Thanks,

Erol

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If you do a Google image search, you'll run across a website dedicated to getting overseas soldiers into fly fishing that has some pics of mangar. So I assume they can be caught on some sort of fly.

They are a really cool looking fish, kind of a cross between a barbel and a bowfin. I bet they fight hard.

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I've seen a picture of a british solder in Iraq with one, if I remember correctly he used a bread and fish weight was estimated to 50-60lb, I'll try to dig it out

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They ARE?? :D

They are closely related to the barbel family.

Dude, Barbel (barbus) is a genus not a family. Carp and Barbel are both part of the Cyprinidae family.

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Dude, Barbel (barbus) is a genus not a family. Carp and Barbel are both part of the Cyprinidae family.

macfish here. Here's something interesting. Mangar and barbel are members of the same genus: Barbus

Mangar: http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSum...FTOKEN=77324879. Mangar is called Barbus esocinus.

Barbel: http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/speciesSum...ciesname=barbus. Barbel is called Barbus barbus.

Jonathan

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No, certainly not a "carp", but actually a member of the minnow-carp family.

These photos are of the well known "Tigris salmon" - called a 'salmon' by the early Birtish anglers that fished the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. This fish is of course not a 'salmon' but a species of barbel related to the Mahseer of India, but even closer relation to the Comizo barbel of Spain.

More information on the Tigris Barbel - (Barbus esocinus) the largest barbel in the world, and ALL freshwater fish species capable of reaching weights over 50lb, is in my book Globetrotter's Quest.

Veiw here for information on the Tigris Barbel:

http://birdingbabylon.blogspot.com/2005/11...arb-barbus.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/20...uge_fish_2.html

http://www.tritsservices.com/default.asp

I have planned major fishing expeditions for this particular species over the past 25-years, but always cancelled plans due to wars breaking out in the regions of Iraq, Syria, and Kurdish areas of southeastern Turkey - home of this monster-sized barbel.

So many places in the world to explore! I've just returned from France, and I'm off to Africa again next month to make a new carp film. Hopefully sometime in the future, if the wars ever settle down (which I doubt!) I can get a crack at those Tigris fish! :D

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When O When will Globetrotter attack the carp of South America?

As soon as he's sure there are 50 pounders and someone pays for his trip... :D

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Now that is what I'd call a great vacation!!

My question is, if they were fishing in Saddam Husseins" private lake, what were they doing in Iran?  If I remember correctly,  Hussein was dictator of Iraq and the two countries aren't exactly friendly.

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