Giant fish caught in Italy is a real monster

UPDATE (26-Feb 2015): Another one!

Reel-y? 280-pound catfish reportedly caught in Italy’s Po River –

One thing that makes the latest Po River catch unique is that it was done with a spinning reel, said Valla, who called it a record for such fishing tackle. It took Ferrari 40 minutes to bring in the fish, then bring it to shore, his sponsor said.

The fish was released.

giant catfish

Originally published 13-April 2012

Fishing is such a drag Monster catfish pulled boat for a mile

The anglers hooked the huge catfish on the River Po in Italy, but when the creature from the deep took their bait it started to ‘run’ with it.

The men leapt from the bank into a motorised dinghy, but were powerless to act as the Wels catfish pulled them along for an hour.

After it was caught the fish weighed in at a mighty 218lbs and measured 7ft 8ins.

Source: The Sun

Yes, it’s The Sun so we can’t reproduce the picture. But, no, this is not a hoax. No joke – this thing is a MONSTER. But not the biggest. The world record Wels catfish was caught in the same river in 2010 by Roberto Godi and weighed in at 250lbs 3ozs. That pic we can show.

Roberto Godi with record fish

And also this pair. Impressive.


Don’t you think this can easily be mistaken for a mystery monster? They even eat birds and are assumed responsible for some lake attacks where birds just disappeared, eaten by something below.

River Monsters have noted this:

Tales of man-eating wels catfish date back as far as the 15th century, but 2008 saw a spate of attacks in Lake Schlachtensee outside of Berlin. Many believe the attacker to be a 5-foot wels catfish. These fish have been caught in Russia with human remains in their stomachs, but most experts suspect the victims were already drowned before being swallowed. Still, the wels catfish can exhibit aggressive behavior during its mating season, making it plausible that this monster fish could be responsible for attacks against humans that venture into its territory.

Meanwhile, another giant fish tagged in Wisconsin: Officials found the over 7-foot-3-inch long, 240-pound female on the Wolf River near Shawano

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  7 comments for “Giant fish caught in Italy is a real monster

  1. Stew Green
    April 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    – It still only 1/3 of the weight of the world record breaker Mekong giant catfish on Wikipedia
    – and it’s reported in 2009 an 11 year old British school girl caught a 193lb one.

  2. Stew Green
    April 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    in Spain.

    • daran
      April 13, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      Aboriginals caught a 9 foot long Barramundi in the Daintree River in the 30`s.

  3. Massachusetts
    April 16, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Very interesting. I new such critters existed in South East Asia, South America, and Africa. I didn’t know fresh water fish of this kind existed in Europe. It’s making me wonder about the ponds around me in New England! :)

    I guess if I watched River Monsters more regularly I’d catch this stuff.

    • the14thListener
      February 27, 2015 at 1:53 PM

      Our catfish aren’t quite that big in the US. New England isn’t big catfish country.

      That’s a whopper on a spinning reel, I’m impressed that the reel held up. Usually a fish that big requires a level wind or baitcasting reel.

  4. Eric
    February 27, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Who needs made up cryptids. Plenty of wonderful and amazing real animals in this world of ours!!

  5. Steve
    March 12, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    BUT WHAT WAS HE USING FOR BAIT????? We have some big catfish in some of our lakes in Texas, but I haven’t seen one that big yet. Divers in Alcoa lake left after seeing some that scared them out of the water, back in the 1960s. Lake-o-the-pines is supposed to have a big one.

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