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Originally posted by AGENT_T
I just watched the end of a National geographic prog an hour ago.
The guy had to jump in the river with his rod after hooking a 6FT - 160 something pound catfish .
It had teeth like a shark ,yowch.
Easy to picture it pulling a smaller adult down.
I usually have to stop at ASDA on the way back from my fishing trips to get a pack of frozen fish fingers.
EDIT.. Honest.. 6ft.. I didn't see you guys replying.There was no way he could pull it in alone.
[edit on 21-10-2008 by AGENT_T]
Man-sized German catfish chokes on football
A gigantic catfish in Germany's Main River met its end this week when it suffocated after trying to eat a football, water police reported.
The 2-metre catfish was discovered floating in a sluice in Goßmannsdorf near Würzburg in the German state of Bavaria on Monday. The man-sized fish had a blue and white football jammed in its massive mouth.
"In 30 years with the water police I have never seen such a thing," officer Reiner Jünger told German news agency DDP, adding that the fish probably mistook the ball for prey.
"Whether the fish allowed himself to get caught up in the recent excitement over the Euro 2008 and went for the ball can't be ascertained," Bavarian police said in a statement on Monday.
Catfish are among the largest freshwater predatory fish. Jünger said the fish generally await their prey on the river floor, but sometimes pop up to snag birds from the surface.
...American biologist Zeb Hogan... is on a worldwide quest for the largest freshwater fish.
Hogan, 34, has heard the stories of Cambodian fishermen catching rays that weighed over 1,100 pounds with wingspans of 14 feet. But so far, they are just stories. If he can confirm them, he could eclipse the world record now held by the Mekong giant catfish...