But (you knew there was going to be a but) there are cats, and then... there are cats!
In the murky waters throughout Europe swim the leviathans of catfish. The truly monstrous Wels Catfish, known by its Latin name as Silurus glanis. The Godzilla of catfish!
Fishing the River Po, Italy's longest river, which flows 405 miles from the Italian Alps to the Adriatic Sea, near Venice, Hungarian angler Zsedely Attila, guided by Captain Kiss Jozset, landed a 297 lb. 9 oz. Wels Catfish, setting a new all-tackle IGFA record, recently recorded in the IGFA's record books. Turning to a Rapala Jointed Floater lure, Attila felt the monster fish smash his bait. The fight was on, and it took nearly an hour to bring this nasty-looking, seven-foot creature with a mouth the width of a giant exercise ball to Jozset's boat. Aside from the enormous size of the fish, what is even more amazing is that the River Po has produced three potential IGFA All-Tackle wels records within the past year, not to mention that all three have been released alive. The current IGFA record is 113.5 kg (250 lb. 3 oz.) caught and released a month earlier by Italian angler Roberto Godi of Arcole Veroma.