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Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish JEFF.FROM.GEORGIA
25-05-2005
Theres a new United States Catfish record.. It was caught in Illinios in the Mississippi River.. Heres a link to the article.. http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20050524173309990004&ncid=NWS00010000000001
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish WEBMASTER
25-05-2005
... Aftonbladet in Sweden:
http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/nyheter/story/0,2789,650382,00.html
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish JOMAN
26-05-2005
Hello and grats on the nice fish. I was wondering on what the age might be for a cat that size?
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish WEBMASTER
26-05-2005
20 years old
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish PRIMETIMERG
26-05-2005
Why does that link about the Fish in Miss. say "World Record"? It is not as big as the one on this page, right?
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish EL.BASTARDO.LOCO
26-05-2005
There is nothing more ignorant than a jealous redneck. First off....he is from Holland, not France. Second, it is perfectly clear it isn't a fake pic. Third, I do believe that REDNECK.IN.TEXAS has a serious {moderated} problem (you know what I mean by this), as with a few others on here. Do you speak the same as you type, Mr. REDNECK.IN.TEXAS?
{moderated}
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish WEBMASTER
26-05-2005
to REDNECK.IN.TEXAS and EL.BASTARDO.LOCO:
- The lack of Q.I. of some commentators does not bother me much.
- The comment of REDNECK.IN.TEXAS is one of the "nicest" what we have received from "Bad Boys of Texas".
- The URL of this website ends by ".fr", and it's enough to wake up arrogance (overbearing pride) for some visitors (mainly from TX/USA).
- As I wrote before, there are hundreds of websites for "I hate frenchies" people (and for this time I accepted the message from REDNECK.IN.TEXAS instead of rejecting it).
- BTW, I'm not french (I can show my passport) and I don't hate anybody because of his/hers national background, and I have nothing against our "kind" ignorant rednecks.
- From now on, I'll be more careful and I'll reject all suspect messages...
Best regards to all!
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish EL.BASTARDO.LOCO
27-05-2005
I apologize for my own ignorance. I am intolorant of stupidity, but have had time to get over it by now. I will refrain from lashing out in the future.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish SHEBEEINKS
27-05-2005
To Redneck.In.Texas
Are you sure you're from The States? You don't write like you are. To my American eyes your writing looks more like someone trying to "sound" American. That, or you have completly forgot everything your English teachers ever taught you.
BTW, how did you catch from 3 cats? Pole or noodlein'?
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish WEBMASTER
27-05-2005
http://www.briarthorn.net/ writes:
This could be a Euro record. If this isn't a photoshop wonder then its probably a world record dunno, really unsure. Hard to believe this size of fish is hanging around those rivers in Europe, Germany, Italy. While England and Germany also sport some hugh pike - but they wouldn't hold a candle to this Hugh catfish that was suppose to have been caught in Italy.
This is from a foreign catfish angler's website where a man named Lucas Van Der Geest claims to have caught a 6 1/2 foot catfish weighing 187.4 pounds. It was allegedly caught in the Po River in Italy, although I have know way of substantiating this.

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stats-eng.php?size=2&col=3&rank=1
(photos sorted by size)
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish P.R.A.N.T.D.I.A
27-05-2005
Webmaster, I don't think the Redneck.In.Texas is really from Texas (or the US for that matter). I agree that there is a melting pot of stupidity boiling over from Texas, but please don't post those people in hopes of showing a kinder gentler nation.
Cheers,
--people.really.are.not.that.dumb.in.america
North Carolina, USA

WEBMASTER:
Your Nickname PEOPLE.REALLY.ARE.NOT.THAT.DUMB.IN.AMERICA was too long.
I made it shorter: P.R.A.N.T.D.I.A
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish WEBMASTER
27-05-2005
Dear P.R.A.N.T.D.I.A, Dear all,

First point:
1.a) The aim of our website is to share a passion about wels catfish fishing (nothing else).
1.b) Our website is not commercial.
1.c) Our website is not political.
1.d) We are not anti-americans, anti-texans or anti-whatever. You can check this very easily.
1.e) We don't hope showing that one nation is kinder or gentler than another (and/or otherwise).
1.f) We don't hope showing that one nation is dumber than another (and/or otherwise).

Second point:
2.a) All this mess about TX/US is out of topic.
2.b) It happens that we receive really many hate messages (mainly based on political matters). (Please read points 1C, 1D, 1E and 1F.). I rejected all these messages. Please take a note of this; I have never ever said or written something like "people.really.are.that.dumb.in.america".
2.c) I was not careful enough when I didn't reject the message from REDNECK.IN.TEXAS. Now I do realize that this could offense both americans and non americans. I do apologize.
2.d) I decide to re-read all comments for this photo 713 and I'll moderate all messages I find 'suspect' or 'not correct'.

To all our visitors, where ever you come from, you are all welcome!!!

Best regards,
Markku (webmaster)
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish WEBMASTER
28-05-2005
I have added {moderated} everywhere...
Tight lines,
Markku (webmaster)
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish EL.BASTARDO.LOCO
30-05-2005
How common is it to catch a monster like this in the Po. I saw an Amazon cat the size of a station wagon at the Milwakee (Wisconson, USA) zoo when i was ten, which was bigger than the one pictured. I can only imagine what else lies at the bottom of that river!
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish BLAZINTR33Z
01-06-2005
Whatever, SOUTHERNYANKER. The fish in the pic is clearly not a blue. It's not a channel. It's not a flathead. So, which species of Texas catfish looks identical to the european wels catfish?
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish TNTGIRL
01-06-2005
It goes to show that people will steal just about anything. I know someone who "personally knows" these anglers also. I was more than happy to find this site with a copyrighted photo attached. I am not a legal person, but I would think that in order to obtain a copyright you would need the offical photo. If this fish had come out of the Lake Texoma, which my husband fishes as often as possible, the state record would not still be listed as only a 121 lb. blue cat. Compare the size of the two fish in previous links, they are not even close to a 20 lb difference (140 vs 121). Love america, but not too proud of us at the moment.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish SCAREDOFFISH
02-06-2005
Okay, I am from Texas, and yes, we have big fish down here. There is a possibility that we even have somme that big. That catfish in the picture though, is not a breed from Texas. All the cocky americans who want to argue it need to get over themselves. If you take that much offense to that, go out and try to break the record instead of fighting with someone over it.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish BUCKMASTER
08-06-2005
I have cought 35 inch cat fish be for and thought they were wales ontil I got them up on to shore. I could just not enven begen to think of what kind of fite this cat would put up. That cat ways 45 more ponds than me and I would be a little skidish to get him on my line.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish HASREBELPRIDE
22-06-2005
I too am from Texas and agree that we got some BIG cats here, but none that look like that if you know your fish and know the area you know that that cat never came from Texas. I think RED NECK IN TEXAS is a little boy talking all that HONKY on here to make himself look big and bad, giving people the wrong idea of us folks here in Texas. People like him need to GROW UP and be a MAN not a little BOY!!!! By the way guys congrats on your cat he a nice catch!!!!
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish TROUTMAN
13-07-2005
That's a big cat. Recently reported was a 295 kgs (yes KGS!) catfish caught in Thailand. Seeing is believing - haven't seen photo yet. Add salt to this unconfirmed report.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish JAR_.FLY2003
16-08-2005
Guys thats one huge cat, I would have loved to been there to see you two fight that monster in. Good luck in the future with your fishing and dont forget to take a child fishing with you.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish UCFRUGGERPINTO
12-09-2005
Finally the truth.
Thank you for posting this site especially with the links to all the other huge catfish. I have been amazed by the site and the look of sheer joy portrayed on all the angler's faces. I believe the world record was recently set by a Mekong giant catfish of 646 lbs or 300kg in Thailand.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish IGNORANCE.ABOUND
18-09-2005
Surprised at the ignorance here. Do your homework and learn about catfish specimens/species much bigger.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catfish or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Mekong_Catfish/

Pictures and story of worlds largest catfish:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8404622/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/06/0629_050629_giantcatfish.html

Or just use this google search
http://www.google.com/search?q=646+%22mekong+catfish%22

If it aint Dutch, it aint much. Dag! --From a Utahn
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish WEBMASTER
11-10-2005
http://momentoffame.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/8446/cat/524/page/3
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish STEPHEN.BUSS
30-11-2005
Nic pic, I like your weigh station, fish care is important, a fine example to set.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish BASSN1968
28-01-2006
hello everyone i am a proud texan and am ashamed of the rude people who have posted comments here love your site and as fisherman we should be passing the love of the sport and respect of others to the future generations
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish NOS
17-04-2006
I am from Illinois in the United States. This is truly an amazing catch. My personal record is a 31 lb Channel. The fish in the pic resembles a channel (look at the spotting) more than a blue (as so many keep stating). I have witnessed American cats near the size of this one, but they were not caught. They lie at the base of the local dam feeding on all the fish that get sucked through the flow gates. You can view them through the windows at the base within the dam. Once again Great Job Lucas!! Thanks for sharing your catch with all of us Stateside.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish PINKPINKFISH
24-04-2006
I've been fishing my whole life and... well... congrats dude!
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish JENNIFER.STARR
26-04-2006
Sir, your catfish is (was) adorable. I keep kitty fish as pets, and had I the chance, I would have dug a big pond in my backyard and named yours Julio.
http://www.templelooters.com/aquarium/shark.htm
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish CATMAN.UK
18-11-2006
Hi guys; this thread looks a little dead, but I couldn't resist a comment. This beastie definitely came from the Po in Italy and was definitely a wels cat. I've been catching them for a decade and know what they look like... It's a great fish but not the biggest I've seen from the Po. Check out these guys - they're a guiding service who operate on the Ebro in Spain. http://www.spanish-catfish-ebro.com/ These days it's very possible to get fish in excess of 200 pounds!! Bigger fish swim in the Po, but you won't beat the Ebro for numbers and average weight. I had 46 fish in 4 days fishing on the Ebro. 30 of them were over 100 pounds! Tight lines.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish MACKCAT
10-12-2006
Was happy to read that Lucas returns fish to the water. Any fish old enough & able to last long enough to get this size, should be allowed to keep on growing. Wish everyone would do the same.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish MRCARTER468
31-03-2007
I have the original article on this catch. The fish in the photo was killed, and dragged from the dam locks of Carlyle Lake in Illinois. It was estimated, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to be about 29yrs. old. The two men are divers, not fishermen.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish WEBMASTER
31-03-2007
Hi MRCARTER468. Thank you so much for this big information. I'll forward your message to Lucas. I'm shure he didn't know that in fact he is a diver of "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers". Best regards to you and take care.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish VICSTRESS
13-04-2007
So what do you boys do with these big cat fish, I hope you throw them back in, how long does it take for one of these fish to get this big?
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish ANDY_MORRISSY
16-05-2007
Lucas, may i say congratulations on such a wonderful cat, considering my personal best is a 42 pounder, though that was right here in England! for all those who believe that this a in fact a blue catfish i can assure you that your are worng, the tail fin and anal fin are completely different from that of a wels cat, though respectively the heads of both fish are very simular, so for a non-experience angler the mistake is a easy one to make.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish CHAMPAINE
29-07-2007
Hilarious. I have had a good chuckle this afternoon reading the posts. I think the videos speak for themselves! If anyone still has doubts take a look for crying out loud. Happy fishing!
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish MARHAWKMAN
04-08-2007
http://www.neatorama.com/2006/05/08/top-15-amazingly-ginormous-fat-cats

I was looking at the page of faked pictures and recognized the cat they spliced into Lucas's picture. Riley, not fat but impressively large.

I love the catfish picture! That thing is huge!
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish KRASSI
27-11-2007
Very very good fish, congratulations!!!
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish VARAN619
02-03-2008
Hi. Just leaving my footprint. I was searching the internet for photos of pterodactyls which led to sabertooth cats which led to an underwater photo of a white tiger swimming which looked cool so I searched on "big cats swimming" and came upon the catfish picture and I followed the story and here I am.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish JETHRO
16-07-2008
nice fish but cath and release that much fish to eat is not an option when you love to eat one of the best tasting fish in Texas
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish SPAZMID
08-08-2009
Texas is a good place to catch big catfish, and it's a good place to catch a lot of catfish. We have Channel, Blue, and Flathead catfish, and many lakes with catfish in the 50-100 pound range. I like to catch my limit of Channel cats in the 4-14 pound range and fill the freezer with fillets. I "surf" cast, and use jugs and trotlines. Come on down and have some fun.
Lucas Van Der Geest, Wels Catfish CATFISHIN
21-01-2010
My personal best was only 100lbs 16oz blue cat in the beaver lake in Arkansas. There is said to be bigger cats near the dam. Congratulations. And it is said they will introduce the Silurus Glanis to the beaver in the next year or so. Praying they do i wouldlove to catch one of them in 20 or so years.

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