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Old 10-09-08, 07:49 PM   #1
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JSharr's missing bass...

...may be in here. [Good grief, that's a big fish.]



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...-in-Spain.html

British angler catches huge catfish in Spain
Angler Alan Melhuish landed the largest catfish ever caught in Spain, weighing more than 16 stone.

Last Updated: 2:08PM BST 09 Oct 2008

Mr Melhuish (second right) needed the help of his friend to lift the 226lbs catch Photo: BNPS
The fish was over 8 feet long, "fought like a bull" and is one of the biggest specimens ever caught in Europe.

Mr Melhuish, a 61-year-old coroner's officer, spent half an hour reeling in the 226lbs catch.

By the time the fish was landed, it was nearly midnight so it was tethered in the river until morning when it could be weighed and photographed.

Alan, from Weston-Super-Mare, in Somerset, was spending a week fishing the River Ebro near Barcelona.

He was with his son-in-law Steve Hutter, 35, and his friend Billy Brown, 35, both sergeants in the RAF.

When he caught the fish, using pellets of dried halibut as bait, it needed all three men to hold it.

Mr Melhuish said: "I went on a week's trip there last year but didn't catch much, but I booked another week this year.

"It was almost on the last day when I hooked the big one. I was standing on a pontoon and I could tell it was big.

"It ripped the line and must have raced 40 metres up the river. I could tell it was a decent size.

"I had to use all my strength to stop myself from being pulled off the pontoon into the river.

"When I got it into the shallows my son-in-law went down to have a look and he told me it was massive.

"There are three weights of catfish that get anglers excited, 100lbs, 150lbs, and then the magical 200lbs mark.

"When the scales went past the 200 mark and up to 226lbs I knew it was the fish of a lifetime."

The biggest freshwater fish ever caught in Europe was a catfish that tipped the scales at 243lbs in Italy.
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wow

that's a whole lotta bass
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wow

that's a whole lotta bass
the catfish thought so too
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the catfish thought so too
oops yeah, I need to go to bed now...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..........
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How do they know he "fought like a bull?" Have they fished for bulls before?
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hehe - what those guys don't realize is that that fishy's relatives - including THE DON and DA BOSS are sitting right behind them and playing Rock/Paper/Scissors as to who gets first bite ....
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I hoped they released it afterwards.
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If you like pics of giant catfish, google: po river catfish
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That's a big fish but go to the Dallas World Aquarium and then get back to me about big catfish....
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