World’s Largest Hook-and-Line Albino

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They call me Ishmael.

Okay, this post had to start that way. Because this is about a white whale – a whale of an albino catfish caught by a legally blind gal in Spain.

Here’s how it happened.

> The River Ebro, near Barcelona, Spain is know for its giant cats. World-record size.

> If you ever saw that River Monsters episode where the guy goes to the Ebro, the method for catching them is to row a hooked bait out to the middle of the river (rod on shore), drop the bait, then row back. Then wait. You might not get a bite for days.

> Alan and Sheila Penfold (the aforementioned gal) started fishing. “Within days,” according to this article, he caught a 212. Then a 214, matching his wife’s biggest ever.

> Sheila (59-year-old housewife, three children, three grandchildren, one great grandchild – and just 5′ 3″) caught the next fish, the 192-pound albino, which beat the previous albino catfish record of 179 pounds.

> She said: “When I first felt the tug I thought, this is either a good biter or a massive fish, and then all of a sudden it started streaming off the line and it felt like I had hooked a car.”

I gotta believe that’s the largest albino fish caught of any species. Any albino bass caught out there? Pics to prove it?

More: The Catfish Record

> The whisker-fish record is a 646-pound Giant Mekong Catfish caught in Thailand in 2005.

1 Comment

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  1. Alex Voog

    January 13, 2011 at 11:32 am

    You be lucky it didn’t swamp the boat or drag you right off the shore if bank fishing!

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