A fisherman in China made the catch of his life last week, reeling in a giant yellow croaker (also known as a Chinese Bahaba).

After several bids, he was able to sell the fish at 17,081 RMB per pound, for a total of almost three million RMB (roughly US$472,091).

The fisherman said that he saw the 176-pound fish just floating on the sea’s surface and “picked it up.”

He’s one lucky fisherman!

Back in 2008, a group of Hong Kong fishermen sold a Bahaba for just US$2,588, so far away from its true market value. In 2010, another Bahaba was caught in China and sold for 3.45 million RMB (US$542,905).

The Chinese Bahaba can grow up to over 6 ft. long and 220 pounds in weight. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reports that the Bahaba’s swim bladder “is highly appreciated for its medicinal properties and as a general tonic for health.”

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Lawrence Baxa, or Renz as his friends call him, is a writer living in the Philippines. He admits that even though he is new to the writing industry, he is very willing to learn and improve as a writer. Renz loves to play basketball, and spends most of his time in front of the computer; surfing the net and playing online games. He dreams to be a well – known chef someday. He also serves their parish by holding youth camps and helping in events that help other children become closer to God.