‘It’s o-FISH-cially my largest catch,’ says angler after reeling in monster-sized catfish
Angler Michał Chełkowski had the shock of his life when he hooked a monster fish measuring over 2-metres long!
Chełkowski and his pal Grzegorz had been preparing for the 2023 Catfish Cup Poland competition on the Oder River when their echo-sonar detected the beast swimming in the depths of the river near Szczecin.
Managing to hook the 2.5-metre-long beast, they then spent nearly 10 minutes struggling to reel it in before seeing its gigantic 100kg body appear.
Later posting on social media, Chełkowski said: “It emerged from the darkness.
“He was really impressive with his size.
“A powerful, hunched head, and pectoral fins bigger than ping-pong paddles, the real king of my backyard, a dream fish. It beats all previous catches.”
After recording the catch for prosperity, the anglers released the catfish back into the Oder.
In 2020, anglers in Kraków also caught a gigantic catfish measuring over 2 metres long in the Wisla River.
Naming the monster the ‘Wawel Dragon’, anglers Kamil Walicki and Paweł Kabat broke a fishing rod when trying to reel it in.