Italian fisherman Dino Ferrari caught a 280 lb Wels Catfish Thursday in Italy’s Po Delta river, setting a new record. The U.K. Mirror reported that the catch is the world’s largest wels catfish to be caught by rod and reel.
While the PO Delta River is known for being home to massive wels catfish averaging 6.5 feet, Ferrari’s catch measured 8.8 feet. This type of fish is known to have a ferocious appetite and consume anything it comes across.
Wels Catfish are the second-largest freshwater fish in the region, ranking just behind the Belluga Sturgeon.
After Ferrari had a quick photo shoot with his massive catch, he released it back into the river.