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Is this 280 pound catfish real? Fisherman provides proof

Catfish come in all varieties, shapes and sizes, some big and some small. And one downright gigantic, apparently now swimming in a river in Italy.

That’s the fish story being told by Dino Ferrari, who reeled in a 280-pound (127-kilogram), 8.75-foot-long catfish last Thursday along the Po River, said Davide Valla, who is with Ferrari’s sponsor company Sportex.

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While the fish might set a new record for the biggest caught on a line, it is far from the heaviest ever landed. The biggest was 22st and 2.78m long, and was also from the Po Delta.

Wels catfish can grow as long as 4m and up to 62st. However, it is rare to catch one that is over two meters long.

The fish has a ferocious appetite and will consume anything it comes across. They have been filmed eating pigeons that get too close.

In December 14-year-old Sam Lee caught a 15st catfish while on holiday in Spain.

The Chester schoolboy was with dad Peter when the 2.5m carnivorous fish snatched the live bait at the end of his line.

It immediately bolted 100m downstream, but Sam hung on – and eventually landed it after a 35 minute battle.

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Monster catch: Dino Ferrari with the 19 stone catfish which may set a new world record for the biggest catfish caught with a rod and reel

Once it was on land, the Ferraris snapped some photos and weighed their catch. But they didn’t dig in, savoring it with fresh bread, cheese and a glass of pinot grigio.

That’s because this fish story has a happy ending for the star of the show: the catfish. According to Valla, Ferrari released his big catch back into the river.

Here’s video of Ferrari holding the demon, seemingly afraid to move lest he suffer the wrath of the ancient creature.

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