Italian fisherman catches enormous 280-pound wels catfish in Italian river

An Italian fisherman caught a whopping 280-pound wels catfish Thursday in the Po River, Italy’s longest river.

Dino Ferrari is an expert at catching this type of fish, which are known to frequent the Po River and Delta, according to GrindTV.

The catfish he found measured in at 8.8 feet, and any fish larger than 6.5 feet is considered very rare, according to the site.

The International Game Fish Association reports the largest wels catfish ever caught was reeled in on the Po River on March 11, 2010 and weighed 297 pounds and 9 ounces.

Yhe U.K. Mirror reports those records are difficult to track and confirm, though.

The NT News, along with the Mirror, reported the biggest wels catfish ever recorded was a 9.1 feet fish from the Po Delta — one publication reported the fish was 317 pounds, while another said it was 308 pounds.

Sportex Italia sponsors Ferrari, and they said the fish is the “world-record spinning torpedo,” which might mean it’s a world record for the type of tackle used.

Would you eat the meat from a catfish that big?

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