Imagine going on a fishing vacation and catching a world record catfish of mind blowing proportions. That’s exactly what happened to this lucky guy!
Lucky angler Dino Ferrari was on a fishing vacation in Italy at the Po river delta trying his hand at catching a monster catfish. To his surprise he hooked into a beast of enormous size. He battled for hours to land this incredible beast but when he saw the saw of it he gasped in amazement. You might think that some of these images has been Photoshopped. But they have not, these are genuine photos of what is the biggest catfish ever caught on rod and line in the world.
The dimensions of this catfish in this area are quite staggering. Fish of over 6 feet long are quite commonly caught. This this however came in at just under 9 feet long and weighted in at 280 pounds that’s 127 kilos. Far bigger than fisherman Dino himself.
This species of wels catfish originally come from eastern Europe and northern Europe and around northern France and Germany. In the 1970’s and 1980’s they were introduced to southern Europe where the warmer weather conditions spurred them on to grow to gigantic sizes. Now many fisherman go to Spain and Europe to catch these giant aquatic monsters.
Although this is the biggest catfish ever caught on rod and line. There are much larger specimens around. A fish of 320 pounds was recently caught in the same river by netting. According to Wikipedia the largest ever known wells catfish was 16 feet long and weighted 660 pounds, that’s the size of an adult great white shark.
Although wels have been introduced to many parts of southern Europe to accommodate sports fishermen. They are now considered to be a danger to local wildlife because they devour everything in the habitat. Weather it is below or even above the water these fish will eat everything. There are even Youtube videos of them eating jumping out of the water to eat birds on the riverbank.
Can you even imaging catching a fish this large and what you would do with it if you did catch it?
If you want to read the full story the go to the link below.
Fishing Vacation Produces The Biggest Giant Catfish In The World