Could there be a man with a more Italian name than Dino Ferrari? Perhaps there is, but I bet he’s never caught anything like this monster – a 280lb wels catfish!
The story first broke on the Sportex Italia Facebook page, reporting that Dino landed the huge fish from the Po Delta – part of Italy’s longest river, the rather unfortunately named (if you’re British at least*) “Po”, which runs to more than 400 miles. Big wels catfish are a familiar sight to anglers fishing the Po, but a fish of more than 6.5 feet in length is considered a specimen. Ferrari’s catfish measured 8.8 feet.
According to the Mirror Dino’s fish could be the largest wels catfish ever caught on rod and reel, though records of this sort are difficult to confirm. Reports vary although some suggest the fish can grow up to 5 metres in length. As stated in Wikipedia:
In 1856, K. T. Kessler wrote about specimens from Dniepr which were over 5 m (16 ft) long and weighed up to 400 kg (880 lb).
Ferrari landed this particular fish on an artificial bait fished on the surface, so we can only imagine what the take must have looked like… Like something out of a science fiction movie probably! It took him 40 minutes to subdue it, which is hardly surprising. Whether it’s a world record or not, it is certainly one of the biggest wels ever landed on an artificial. We’re also pleased to report that, once Dino and his brother Dario had completed the weighing ceremony and taken plenty of photographs, the fish was returned alive.
The wels catfish is one of largest freshwater fish on the planet, and in this region sits only behind the massive beluga sturgeon, the largest of which was landed at a massive 1,571 kg (3,463 lb) and 7.2 m (24 ft)” (Wikipedia)
* _In British slang, the word ‘po’ is sometimes used when referring to a chamber pot or potty – hence the phrase ‘po-faced’._