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Carlisle angler lands monster 13 stone catfish

We are going to need a bigger boat! That was the dilemma faced by a Carlisle fisherman after he reeled in a 13-stone whopper of a catfish.

Monster fish photo
Dennis Brown, second left, with his nephews Kevin and Terry and the catfish

Dennis Brown, of Harraby Green Road, was stunned after catching the record-breaking fish – which weighed in at a staggering 13 stone 7lb and was a mammoth 7ft 6in long – on a Spanish fishing holiday with his nephews and friends. The Pirelli worker had been expecting to catch some whoppers – but nothing prepared him for reeling in a giant.

“My fish is the biggest fish ever caught on that 50-mile stretch of the River Ebro, which is in Tarragona, northern Spain,” said Dennis.

“I was stood watching my float and the next thing it bobbed under, so I counted to three and stuck into it, and I thought at the time it was quite a decent fish.

“But then it decided to say goodbye and it took off down the river – with us being dragged behind it for about a quarter of a mile!

“It turned the boat a couple of times and it took hundreds of yards of line to reel it in and then this thing appeared – and it was huge!”

The fish was so big that it took two men to drag it into the boat where, according to Dennis, “it took over”.

He said: “It was amazing to catch it, the feeling was unbelievable. I was saying “we’re going to need a bigger boat”.

“My biggest fish before that was a 16.5lb pike so it was fantastic.”

Dennis’ nephews Terry and Kevin had fished on the river before and Kevin caught a 114lb fish during the same trip.

But Dennis’s fish was more than they’d imagined in their wildest dreams – and he plans to remind everyone of it for some time to come.

“We were expecting something maybe around 120lbs but we were not expecting anything that big – it was a record breaker,” added Dennis.

“The biggest one before it was 155lb, so it’s quite a lot bigger. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime fish – I can’t see me catching another one as big as that.

“I can die happy now because I can’t imagine anyone I know catching a bigger one!”

The world record holder for the biggest freshwater fish is the Giant Mekong catfish (Pangasius gigas). The biggest one ever captured and measured was caught in Thailand in May of 2005. It was 9ft long and weighed 646lb (46 stone).

Have your say

That's a guppy.. I noodles bigger then that, and I only weigh 150lbs..
nah just Kiddin, thats a bad ass cat bud...

Posted by Michael on 12 July 2011 at 19:38

Wow, Awesome Catch Dennis!!Amazing news travels fast. Thats one heck of a big fish , even by Canadian standards.

Posted by Sue Plaskett on 27 November 2010 at 06:05

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