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Giant 250 Pound Wels Catfish Landed With light Rod & Reel

Landing a catfish this size is an accomplishment all by itself, but doing it with a light rod & reel, I’d say this fisherman has earned his bragging rights.  Using a spinning rod and reel, which in my opinion, was too light of a rig to use in this case.  This guy fishing on the river Po in northern Italy, brings in a massive Wels catfish. This bad-boy was also one for the record books, coming-in at 250 pounds. I’m surprised that his outfit could handle this monster.

Watching him fight this fish, you’d almost swear that his rod was going to snap in half. Seriously, I fish for salmon and sturgeon on the Columbia river in Washington State and I use a medium rod & reel with 25lb test line when I go out.  So seeing what this guy used to bring-in this monster… I’m sure as heck impressed.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the Po River and the Wels Catfish :

“The river Po flows through many important Italian cities, including Turin, Piacenza and Ferrara. It is connected to Milan through a net of channels called navigli, which Leonardo da Vinci helped design. Near the end of its course, it creates a wide delta at the southern part of which is Comacchio, an area famous for eels. The Po begins in the Alps, and is in Italy, and flows eastward.”

“The wels catfish , also called sheatfish, is a large species of catfish native to wide areas of central, southern, and eastern Europe, in the basins of the Baltic, Black, and Caspian Seas. It has been introduced to Western Europe as a sport fish and is now found from the United Kingdom all the way east to Kazakhstan and China and south to Greece and Turkey. It is a scaleless freshwater fish recognizable by its broad, flat head and wide mouth. Wels catfish can live for at least fifty years and have very good hearing to compensate for their poor sight.”

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