A Somerset, Great Britian, angler brought to hand a 245-pound, 8-foot 3-inch wels catfish while on vacation in Spain.
Jonathan Avery landed the monster from the River Ebro near Barcelona.
Mr Avery said he had “never hooked anything like it before” and catching it had been like “landing a small car”.
The current world record for a wels catfish is 250 pounds, 3 ounces.
Avery said of the catfish: “I knew it was a good sized fish straight away, but it wasn’t an epic fight and from hooking it to landing it only took about 10 minutes. The local guides said it’s the largest catfish ever caught in Spain and the biggest in the world caught by a Brit.
A giant Mekong catfish, caught in Thailand in 2005, is the biggest catfish ever caught in the world at 646 pounds.