A proud fisherman was filmed displaying a huge 8ft 9in-long catfish weighing 280 lbs, which may be the biggest ever caught with only a rod and line.
Dino Ferrari caught the monster wels catfish, which was 2.67 m (8.8 ft) in length, last week in the Po Delta in Italy.
The cannibalistic wels catfish, also called a sheatfish, is native to Europe and can grow as big as 13 ft in length and up to 870 lbs in weight, but it is incredibly rare to catch one that is over 6.5 ft long. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Dino Ferrari hooked the huge wels catfish, which was 8.8 ft long in length, last week in the Po Delta in Italy.
2. It is exceedingly rare to catch a catfish over 6.5 ft long. The giant fish caught by Dino Ferrari measured 8.8 ft long and weighed 280 lbs.
However, while Mr. Ferrari may have set a new record for the biggest ever catfish caught on a line, it is by far not the heaviest one ever hooked — that honor goes to a catfish that weighed 310 lbs and was 9 ft long. That fish was also caught in the Po Delta, according to The Mirror.
This past December, Sam Lee, a 14-year-old schoolboy, caught an 8 ft, 196 lbs catfish while on a fishing holiday in Spain with his father Peter.
The giant catfish immediately bolted more than 300 ft downstream, but Sam hung on and after a 35 minute battle he landed the 8 ft-long monster.
In a time-honored tradition, the boy then posed for a picture with his catch to secure bragging rights and then let the creature swim back to freedom into the water at the River Ebro in Catalonia.
3. Mr. Ferrari poses with his remarkable catch in the waters of the Po Delta, Italy.
4. While Mr. Ferrari’s fish might set a new record for the biggest ever caught on a line, it is not the heaviest ever hooked.
5. Mr Ferrari (pictured) poses with his monster catch. Wels catfish can grow as big as 13 ft in length and up to 870 lbs in weight.
And in October of last year, a British pensioner caught an 8 ft-long, 210 lbs part-albino catfish, believed to be the largest of its kind ever caught.
The man, 68-year-old Tom Herron, battled the cream-colored monster in the River Segre, Mequinenza, Spain, for 40 minutes before eventually hauling it in.
The wels catfish is scaleless and lives in fresh, as well as in brackish water. It is easily recognizable by its broad, flat head and wide mouth.
Wels catfish can live for up to thirty years, on a diet of annelid worms, gastropods, insects, crustaceans and fish (including other catfish). The larger ones also eat frogs, mice, rats, and even ducks.
Recently, wels catfish have been observed in non-native habitats, lunging out of rivers to snatch pigeons on land.
6. Mr. Ferrari took this photo after hauling in his catch, showing it to measure 2.67 m (8.8 ft) in length.
7. Dino Ferrari caught the monster wels catfish, which was 2.67 m (8.8 ft) in length, last week in the Po Delta in Italy.
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