When it comes to fishing for giant catfish, there is just something about them that captures the imagination.
Andrew McCabe and a few of his buddies just had their dreams of catching a monster wels catfish come true. On an adventure from England to Spain to fish in the famous Ebro Mequinenza river, McCabe tied into a fish that took him just under an hour to finally reel in.
“At about 10pm, Andrew felt something on his rod and as he struggled to keep hold of the rod. I could tell by his face that he was in for the fight of his life”, said Peter Irwin, McCabe’s guide who runs Monster Catfishing Tours of Zaragoza, Spain. “He fought this fish, which nobody had seen yet, as it tore off the fishing line metre after metre. So I told him to get in the boat with me, we had no other choice.”
As the story continued, it took both men to get the giant catfish into the boat for a few pictures before quickly releasing it.
“I said to Andy, this is over 200 pounds,” Irwin said. “I grabbed the fish and attempted to pull it into the boat; its head was huge. “Andy put down his rod and helped me pull the huge catfish. We laughed at the sheer size of this fish.”
The world record wels catfish is set at 280 pounds. However, with this fish coming in at 200 pounds, it is still one incredible catfish.