You may have noticed my last post was from Barcelona, Spain. While I was seeing the sights in that lovely city, my David was fishing for a week on the Segre River in Mequininza, Spain. To hear him tell it: "I only caught two catfish; the little one was 114 lbs and the other was 167 lbs." He was with a group of four other funny, easy-going fishermen and a great guide from CatMaster Tours (all from Great Britain). The first two nights, each caught fish weighing more than 150 lbs so all were happy including—presumably—the fish, which were all returned to the river.
The story is that the Wels Catfish was introduced to Spain's rivers by German anglers in 1974. This one weighed 167 lbs.
The "small" one:
Needless to say, I did not take these photos. Thanks to the fishing colleagues who provided the evidence.