Thank goodness for cameras, huh? For without them, we’re not sure too many people would have believed Italian brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari when they tried to brag about the MONSTER catfish they recently caught in the Po River of northern Italy. Measuring in at a whopping 2.5 meters and weighing almost 260lbs, this beauty took 40 minutes to reel in and is thought to be one of the biggest of its kind ever caught.
“It’s a silurus glanis [the Latin name for the species],” Dino says. “The American catfish doesn’t grow to such large dimensions – at most it can weigh 50kg.”
“They don’t range over very large distances, they tend to live in the same stretch of river, moving just a few kilometres either way. They eat all types of fish.”
“To catch them you need a lot of patience but also physical strength. We fought for 40 minutes to reel it in. We tired it out and then lifted it out of the water.”
Afterwards, they let the big ‘un go, back into the river.
What a catch – check it out!