Fish & Game News December 10, 2013 Chester
A British fisherman caught a record breaking 8 foot-long and 206-pound rare albino wels catfish while fishing on the River Ebro near Barcelona, Spain. Then he let it go.
Bernie Campbell tried for seven years to catch the rare fish, which breaks the previous record by 10 pounds.
“We go out obviously to catch big fish,” Campbell told ABC News. “It’s just one of those things we joked about because they are 1 in 10,000, I would say.”
Campbell, 54, fished with CatMaster Tours. The world record was previously held at 196 pounds, caught by CatMaster Tours’ Phil Hilton.
Campbell detailed the strenuous fight he waged one-on-one against the monster.
“It’s like fighting with a boss,” Campbell said. “If you could imagine putting a rope on the back of a car, holding on to the rope and letting someone drive away, that’s what it’s like.”
“It’s power against power,” he continued. “You’re determined to get it in and the catfish is determined you’re not going to, and the best one wins. Fortunately, that was me.”
Source: ABC News