The current world record for a wels catfish is 250lb 3oz (113.5kg). The Wels catfish is a large species of freshwater catfish, usually native to central, southern and eastern Europe and is thought to have a potential total length of 5m and a maximum weight of 660lb (300 kg), according to Fishbase. (Learn more about megafish. The largest wels catfish ever recorded, also caught in the Po Delta, was 9.1 feet and weighed 297 pounds. "Fish keep growing as they age, and this one was definitely on the older end," says Hogan, who hosts the show Monster Fish on Nat Geo Wild. According to the British Record Fish Committee, the largest recorded capture of the species was set in May when a 147lb (66.6kg) wels catfish was caught at the Oak Lakes Fishery in Essex. © 1996-2015 National Geographic Society, © 2015- Wels catfish are one of the few large species of freshwater fish that aren't endangered, Hogan says. 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The one Ferrari caught is reportedly a wels catfish, which can get up to 15 feet long, making this 8.75-foot long catfish barely above average. The big catfish are opportunistic feeders, taking a wide variety of other fish as well as rodents and even birds, which they sometimes catch by beaching themselves (see video below). … Owner of fishing and holiday location Anglers Paradise, Zyg Gregorek told Plymouth Live he believes it is the biggest Wels Catfish born and bred in the UK, as opposed to being imported in. The largest wels catfish ever recorded, also caught in the Po Delta, was 9.1 feet and weighed 297 pounds. The method by which that fish was caught is unclear. ", He added: "The original fish were stocked as 10" babies which were born in the UK. The Wels catfish is a large fish native to wide areas of central, southern, and eastern Europe. This giant was surpassed by some even larger specimens from Poland (2,61 m. 109 kg. Our. Chris Flook caught the 72lb 2oz (32.6kg) catfish, also called 'sheatfish,' from the Specimen Carp Lake at Anglers Paradise in Beaworthy near Exeter. A couple of original fish are now over 100lbs.". They can live for decades, possibly as long as 80 years. According to fish biologist and National Geographic explorer Zeb Hogan, the animal is a wels catfish, the largest freshwater fish in Europe. Not only is the wels one of the largest catfish species in the world, it is also one of the largest freshwater fish in the world with catches reported into the 600-pound range. Can you spot yourself or someone you know? Chris Flook scored a great catch - reeling in this monster 72lb Wels Catfish, Get the pick of the week's stories and features direct to your inbox every Saturday morning in our exclusive Weekend Report newsletter. Not only is the catch the biggest of its kind in Europe, it is also the biggest species of wels catfish ever caught in the world. Chris Flook from Ivybridge with the 72lb 2oz (32.6kg) catfish he caught (Image: Angler's Paradise) "I believe this is the biggest Wels Catfish born and bred in … A man from Ivybridge has caught a monster Wels catfish while fishing at a lake in West Devon. The "megafish" is known for snatching birds off the shore. You can unsubscribe at any time. Dino e Dario Ferrari's catch was 8.75 feet (2.67 meters) long. 2020 National Geographic Partners, LLC. Colossal 280-Pound Catfish Caught in Italy, https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/2/150227-giant-wels-catfish-italy-megafish-animals.html, Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants. Wels catfish are native to Eastern Europe but were introduced to Italy and Spain in the 1970s by anglers. All-Tackle Record:64.86 kilograms (143 pounds, 0 ounces), Kerr Lake, Va., USA. Flathead Catfish. Blue Catfish. The fish have flourished in southern Europe, enjoying a respite from natural predators, an abundance of prey, and warmer water, which helps them grow faster. Follow Brian Clark Howard on Twitter and Google+. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. As the … Chris Flook from Ivybridge with the 72lb 2oz (32.6kg) catfish he caught (Image: Angler's Paradise) "I believe this is the biggest Wels Catfish born and bred in … Freshwater Fish. An Italian angler made the catch of his life this week, hauling in a 280-pound catfish from the Po River (above, the angler can be seen catching a slightly smaller catfish in 2013). Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Ken Paulie currently holds the record for catching the largest flathead catfish, and … He promptly released the animal back into the river, after posing for pictures. The method by which that fish was caught is unclear. Mr Gregorek said Mr Flook has been fishing at Angler's Paradise for 'donkey's years' and he, and the staff, are delighted with his new massive catch. 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