Giant European Catfish

Giant European Catfish

Giant European Catfish

No, these aren't saltwater catfish, but at well over the 200 pound mark, they're actually far bigger than any marine species of cat and big enough to warrant saltwater tackle!
Giant European Catfish

Giant European Catfish

Caught in some exotic, remote corner of the world, you might assume. Not exactly: Try the Rhone River in France, above where it flows into the Mediterranean.
Giant European Catfish

Giant European Catfish

They're wels (Siluris glanis), one of the world's biggest catfishes, found throughout much of Europe, caught by angler Franck Hiribarne, a catfish specialist.
Giant European Catfish

Giant European Catfish

Some of the largest (including fish over 300 pounds) come from Spain. And they'll keep growing: Nearly always, anglers let them go alive, as these were released.