Saturday, May 7, 2011

Fish Story

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.


  1. Wow what a fish! they were even bigger than my bags. That's impressive. Glad y'all had a good time!

  2. Amazing fish, and certainly a thrilling experience. My congratulations to the successful fisherman

  3. Rhonda and Markus,
    Yes, it was one of those probably-once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experiences, made all the better by a great group of guys. Each man had two fishing rods but as they wanted to make sure everyone caught a big fish, as soon as one person caught a fish, he was voluntarily "out" of the fishing. At one point, one man had all ten rods. The others stayed around for the excitement of landing each other's fish. Their generosity of spirit and great sense of humor made the trip truly enjoyable.

  4. Amazing! I can't imagine looking at it let alone catching it. I have have fished since I was a kid.

  5. Yes, Elaine, Its size does make it seem almost grotesque on land, doesn't it? And that open mouth could surround David's head! Yikes!