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27-02-2005 Being an advid catfisherman from the U.S. for a while now, I love the species.
My biggest yet was a 58 lbs blue cat in the James river.
All of mine have been released back to wear they came with no harm done.
Thanks for an awesome website!
wade
24-02-2005 I think you are right, we have looked at our old photos and we have caught this fish also!! The picture is in the fiction gallery! stevie.d
22-02-2005 Lucas says he practices catch and release. Since that fish is about average for the Harpeth River near Nashville, Tenn. I don't blame him for putting it back. I'd be ashamed to talk about it, too. donald.dozier
22-02-2005 holy **** that is huge and not to mention albino, biggest catfish I ever saw and i never knew catfish could be albino. fisher
22-02-2005 Hi, Lucas this time around I want to correct my first comment. I meant to say if folks respond negatively, I would not respond. So Lucas when are you going to take your trip this year? I would love to meet you, see that part of the world and try to hook one of those wels cats. If you ever get into texas make it known on your site, and I'll tell you where to go to catch some big ole blues! baldheadedbilly
22-02-2005 Jakub Vágner:
website: http://www.extremefishing.cz
email: mailto:extremefishing@seznam.cz
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22-02-2005 Hello, I would very much like to come in contact with Jakub Vágner, becauce my fathers biggest dream is to catch a catfish especially in The Czech Republich. But we really don't know anything about places to go, and that is why we very much like to come in contact with Jakub Vágner. Our e-mail is: mailto:nicolemeinz@hotmail.com nicole.meinz
18-02-2005 I think your photo is a fake.
Click here for the real photo: http://xvella.free.fr/fiction/
;-)
webmaster
17-02-2005 Are those wels catfish any good to eat? Have they been stocked anywhere in the USA? deeplaker60
16-02-2005 man i gotta go catch me a fish there swordfish
15-02-2005 HELMUT: in english please ? webmaster
08-02-2005 ;-)
Dear DRSHERW and others... Why not just follow the link here below "See all photos of LUCAS VAN DER GEEST (photo-eng.php?sub=42&name=LUCAS.VAN.DER.GEEST)... and find out ?
webmaster
08-02-2005 Lucas? Are you the gentleman on the left or the right? Thank you.
Curious lady from Virginia!
drsherw
05-02-2005 even of traces of blood in the mouth, the catfish could survived ?... webmaster
05-02-2005 Is this catfish really alife? catfish.saone
04-02-2005 those are amazing russell
04-02-2005 see our new video section:
http://xvella.free.fr/videos/videos-eng.php
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03-02-2005 Hello world. I grew up in south Louisiana, "geaux tigers"! and now live in Texas. I love to fish and target big lake cats. I had the pleasure of meeting a true urban hero. His name is Cody Mullenix, he caught splash, the world record blue cat caught on rod and reel. I saw the wonderfull creature with my own eyes, took some pictures of her and took one with the man himself. He is a quiet regular guy and is very humble. If you want to see splash, you can go to http://www.procats.com and there is a very good write up on the truth of this catch. The fish is amazing and the story is too. I walked up to Cody and said, "hi hero!". He just kinda grinned and said "man I'm just a guy that caught a big fish." I said you are a hero to the catch and release world, and you are surely a hero to splash. I agree that this website is one of sharing a passion not one to argue, so if you respond to any of these friendly guys or gals on this site, dont even think for a moment that i will even consider responding. You guys across the world from us here, more power to you and thank you for sharing your stories and pictures. I love learning about the different species of cats world wide. I've seen 80 pounders before, but splash was the biggest. God bless the world, and yourself.!!! baldheadedbilly
03-02-2005 (o|o) see the hook & worm in the mouth! wxcvbn
01-02-2005 Wow!
Thats a nice fish!
He lookis kinda dirty to me!
I hope your on the catch and release program!
ctown79
27-01-2005 I have only one question...
Why in the world would you ever kill and eat that fish, he was a monument, a "god of fish" of sorts..
he should have been kept alive and shown off!
but none the less, congrats on the catch.
d-mama
26-01-2005 How did you catch that fish? It seems as if it would be wiggling and writhing to get free. How do you get it to stay still to hold it? There are some amazing forms of life on this planet! Fisherpeople included. ml
22-01-2005 Frank, I love catchin 26 LB. blues, but I pray I never do it on one of my 12 Ft. crappie rods LOL! Lucas, very nice fish by the way, I am curious about what method you use for fish of that magnitude. Is a truot line the method of choice or a throw line, stump hook? Here in North Texas I've taken several nice cats in the 60# range with a short line in conjunction with a 2 Ft. rubber section (to avoid break offs) tied to a stump near the river channel. Usualy anywhere you have a depth of around 12 Ft. close to deeper water (25-35 Ft.) Bait of choice is usually Carp or small Pearch. Also I would like to add that I live about 35 miles south of Lake Texoma and the state record 121.5 lb. "Texoma High Fin Blue" was caught on a light rod and reel with 20 Lb. line. Pretty amazing I thought! But anyway next time you fishermen of the world are in the NE Texas area around the Sulpher River in January stop and get yourself some Crappie jigs and spend the day jerkin out 16 inch Crappie as fast as you can get em in the boat lol! Now thats Big fun in Texas
L8r tig!
tig
19-01-2005 Nice fish, Lucas.
What did you use for bait, a baby?; )
We have a saying here in Texas...
Eat... Sleep... Go Fishing"
Words to live by.
mrmyke709
21-12-2004 Lucas, You're an animal. Great fish! I caught a 26 pound blue last spring with 8# test and a light spinning rig while fishing for crappie. Took about 20 minutes to land that one so yours had to be a hoot! Great job from Houston. frank
13-12-2004 Back in '91, I was part of canoe trip that went the distance of the Danube... To the person that enquired about Danube catfish - well we didn't do any fishing but we did see a couple of local fisherman (in Serbia, then Yugoslavia) with a couple of 50 plus pound Cats (net caught) and then farther down the river (just past Belgrade) we cruised up on a big, big cat who was cruising topside. We startled it, it scared the crap out of us. It wasn't as big as this latest photo but it was still a very big fish. Ya, your Grandpappy was telling you the truth- big, big Cats in the Danube. fat.gordie
22-11-2004 Hi!
CEDRIC, that is an excellent catch congratulations!
Now i have a question for you. I am working as a consultant for a Public Aquarium in Puerto Rico. We just finish with the wish list for the fresh water specie and the "Wels Catfish" is in our list for the educational exhibit. We are looking for some one that can help us to get incontact with any private or goverment agencie that could collect small speciments of (Wels Catfish / Silurus glanis). Please if you have any info or any one els please contact me at: mailto:harrydruiz@msn.com.
Thank for your time and Well Done!
Cordially: Harry Ruiz
harry.ruiz
19-11-2004 Firstly congrats to the captors of the fish, i am from south of India. I myself have caught a catfish or two, but i must say i have never seen a catfish larger than 2 feet (at my place) so i am curoius to know if there are such kind of monstrous catfish in indian rivers, cud anyone enlighten me to this quirey of mine. manjunath
02-11-2004 This is so cool, my son is using this shot of the BIG fish for his report for school! He is on the A/B honor roll at school (5th grade). I know he will get an A+. Thank you both for sharing such a neat day on the lake! He hopes on day to catch his own this size! A grateful mom. sparkplug
22-10-2004 All I have to say is "WOW" to the taller guy on the right in the pic. What a hottie. I also noticed, while looking at other pics of guys with their big fish, that it must be a pre-requisite that you be a hot guy to catch the big fish. Throw me a line!!
Congrats Lucas on the big fish.
lynn
22-10-2004 Hey folks, Please stop with the illiterate typos. To recognize any type of catfish look at its body parts. Anyone with half a brain can see that a wels has an anal fin more like a giant eel than other catfish. Also some wels in the black sea, if I am correct may have measured around 16 feet long and very likely licked their chops when a fisherman came into view. As was mentioned before he is in the genus Silurus which is different than our american cats. So. Since that is the case, not to worry, he is in a different weight class like us powerlifters and don't need to compete. All in all, anything that really yanks your pole and gives you pleasure is really great! pete
19-10-2004 Who are we rating? The guy or the fish? fishing4trouble
19-10-2004 I've only caught 2 fish in my life no matter how many times I've gone fishing. One was too small and one was a perch. My ass is jealous down to the tips of my toes!!!! fishing4trouble
19-10-2004 I believe that this a huge azz catfish! But the fact that it was caught in TX?? That is just a flat out lie!!! I do believe that the catfish was caught on an eel, one of my friends caught an 80 lb catfish in a 30 acre lake on an eel. I have read many different stories and this is the only one i believe. CONGRATS. duckhuntr44
17-10-2004 Super catfish. Our Texas record blue cat is quite a bit smaller, but still a nice fish. I can't believe all the idiots that have written in claiming your pic is a fake. Never heard of the Wels species, but you sure have taken some nice cats out of Italy. Congratulations on a beautiful fish. matt
13-10-2004 Hello, MICHAEL.
The spirit of this website is "no kill" and "catch & release".
I was the photograph for this one, and I can promise you;
I saw these big fish getting safely back in to the river.
webmaster
13-10-2004 Perhaps I am missing something, but I fail to see the point of killing these creatures. The large specimens must be very old and part of the spawning stock. It is distressing to see the pleasure in the faces of those responsible for this gratuitous destruction. michael
08-10-2004 When the photo first appeared and it was stated that it was caught in North America, I was suspicious. Take a good look at the anal fin and the caudal fin, continuous. Big cats still are isolated from one another. Take a look at the picture of the real state record taken from Lake Texoma, 121 1/2 lb. lug
22-09-2004 What kind of worms can catch those monsters??? pik3
20-09-2004 What a fish! When I first saw this pic I knew there was no way that sucker was pulled out of Lake Texoma! An old member of the Bassmasters Association, and the daughter of a frequent fisherman, that cat just didn't look anything like the fish I saw pulled out of Texoma.
I grew up in and around Oklahoma lakes, and the largest catfish (or any other fish for that matter) that I ever saw fished out of the water was as long as I was (I was about 9 years old), though I don't know how heavy. Okie Noodling-style a huge catfish which I saw, still struggling to breathe, laid out on the tail of his pick-up truck, reaching from end to end.
I refused to venture into the murky red waters of the local lake it was pulled from for the rest of the summer!
jennifrog
17-09-2004 Hello JORGE,
I'm affraid that there is a little mistake somewhere:
- this photo was taken in Mequinenza (in Spain, in Europe)... and not somewhere between Monterrey Mexixo and Austin Texas.
- this catfish species do not exist in North America.
- the used fishing method is not "noodling" or any other hand or mano fishing.

Best regards,
Markku (webmaster)
webmaster
17-09-2004 Hello David, I live between Monterrey Mexico and Austin Texas and was wondering if you know about someone in the area that knows about "noodling"... and places to get these big fishes?

Where are you from?
Where are you living presently?
Congratulations for your success pitures.
Jorge
jorge
16-09-2004 You keep the line in your hand untill you hook the fish.
The strike of the fish for the bait (and the hook) can be very violent and surprise you.
After hooking you continue the fight with the rod.
When you lift-up the fish in your boat you must also pay attention to not hurt yourself with the big hook in the fish mouth.
webmaster
16-09-2004 Hello Keith, just contact with the fish, line in the hand and after the fight with the rod
NB/ Sorry for my english
xavier
12-09-2004 Hello Andreas & Peter and welcome to Silurus Glanis. I think this is the first photo we have from your country. We hope to have other ones too from you and any catfish fisherman in our neighbour country Germany.
Tight lines,
Markku
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08-09-2004 size: 256 cm / 7.80 ft
weight: 110Kg / 242.5 lbs
http://xvella.free.fr/photos/photo-eng.php?sub=21&idx=109
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07-09-2004 Dog-eating Catfish: http://xvella.free.fr/forum/forum-eng.php?sub=32&idx=98 webmaster
07-09-2004 you say the fish hit so hard it allmost got a finger.
let me get this rigth you didnt have a fishin-pole?
keith
04-09-2004 http://xvella.online.fr/photos/photos-eng.php?sub=21&idx=782
How hard do these fish fight?
A 200+lbs cat caught in a float tube must be a hell of an adventure!
I studied amazon fish in Brasil for several years and was fortunate to catch a few 500lbs giants (including one that tore the bow off my boat), but never on a float tube-the thought of piranhas and huge cats lurking below will probably keep me from trying that.
Anyone know good links for learning more about these giant european cats?
By the way Lucas, congrats on catching the record catfish in Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina...
ky
04-09-2004 Herald Sun & The Sunday Telegraph:
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,10597003^401,00.html
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