We all know how large wels catfish can get, but the tackle used to land this potential IGFA world record makes it very special.
Spain has been a huge producer of monster wels catfish over the years. This one happens to be something special.
German angler Angnieszka Szelag was able to land and release this 68-pound, 9-ounce wels catfish (Slurs glanis) on July 2nd. The fish was caught in the famous Rio Ebro in Spain.
What makes this fish so spectacular is that Angnieska landed it using only 6 kg (12lb) tackle. She reportedly battled the fish for close to 45 minutes before she was capable of landing it. After documenting her catch and taking a few photos, she released it so it could live to fight another day.
If this monster wels catfish is approved, the fish will earn Szelag the new women’s 6kg (12 pounds) line class species record. The current record of 22.7 kg (50 lb 1 oz) is dwarfed by the 31.1 kg (68 pounds, 9 ounces) beast that was landed by Szelag.
Awesome catch! We hope to see this fish in the IGFA World Record books very soon.