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31-05-2004 Well done! Please can you tell me if there are any organised trips to the area that this superb fish was caught from. Thanks dodgeyrog.and.woo
25-05-2004 I guess the fact that Lucas caught the cat and not the other way around means humans are more or less still at (or near) the top of the food chain but HOLY COW that is one scary looking critter (sharks not withstanding)!!!! nix
25-05-2004 Very nice... We catch bull reds in salt water up to 40lbs from shore, but nothing like this.. Congrats on your catch.. When may I come to Italy and have you as a guide?.. Again.. VERY NICE.. jeff.from.georgia
24-05-2004 I'm a lady from Louisiana who loves to fish. A 5# blue cat on a crappie jig and pole is pretty awesome. Enjoyed the pics and the website. I may have to make a trip to Italy one day. Keep fishing... grumpy
23-05-2004 What a marvelous fish. Congratulations to Lucas. Great web site, too; entertaining, informative and an international community. P.S. As Italy is south of Europe, Texas is south of the U.S. and north of Mexico. :-) tr
20-05-2004 How do you make reservations to go fishing with a guide that can put you on these kind of fish? cj
13-05-2004 what a fantastic fish congratulions stevie.d
12-05-2004 Gaetano's giant one: 257cm/100Kg 7.83ft/220.5lbs ../photos/photo-eng.php?sub=21&idx=782 webmaster
11-05-2004 Gaetano, no coment! Very, very and one more time very nice fish. Congratulations to you! jakub.vagner
11-05-2004 Bingo voor Gaetano Borghi: 257 centimeter !!! lucas.van.der.geest
09-05-2004 ... "Congratulations to this months winner. Keith will receive a Rex Hunt Cap." Lucas, did you receive a Rex Hunt Cap ? webmaster
09-05-2004 ;-) Australian web site says: "Catch of the Month: Keith from South Africa with a HUGE Wells Catfish catch!" Congratulations Lucas (alias Keith)!!! webmaster
08-05-2004 Hi RAPID ROY! I recognize that this was offensive language too. I have {moderated} this excess of language. Thank you for your feedback. webmaster
07-05-2004 Awesome fish but you could have blocked the {moderated} comment (unless he meant cents); ) I apologize for the rude American comments, aren't we all fisherman here? rapid.roy
07-05-2004 TRUTH OR FICTION: webmaster
02-05-2004 to ES: can tell me what is the URL of the other photo you are speaking about? webmaster
02-05-2004 well i found this site after several people claimed the fish was a blue cat from texas on another board over here in the states. i knew it was a wels, but didnt know if i could find the stats on it, glad i could. it really is a beatiful fish. though any fish bigger then me scares me a bit. DWB, do you have the weight/length on the wels in the pic you posted? that one was also posted on this bored, again someone claimed it was a fish caught in the states, i know its a wels, but i'm curious how big it is. es
28-04-2004 to KRISRED01: hi and welcome to our web site. happy to hear you liked the photos. we do have a lot of pleasure to catch them, and release too, after the photo souvenir! ;-) how did you guess what 'state' i was speaking about ? ;-) i didn't say the name of this 'state' by respect to all non dummies from the very same state! do not worry, i have been travelling enough to know that 'dummies' do not have a special nationality or they are not gathered all in the very same place. hope this is clearer for all and clarifies what is my opinion. tight lines to all. webmaster
27-04-2004 Hello, I am from 'that' state that you keep getting ignorant emails. Not all of us are stupid hicks, which I am sure you are aware. That is a beautiful fish. I remember my grandfather taking me fishing when I was young and thinking that my five pounder was HUGE! (at least to an eight year old) krisred01
26-04-2004 Those are very impressive fish. I spent the weekend snagging paddlefish in Missouri (USA), but they are nothing compared to your Po River catfish! bud
24-04-2004 ... respect to everyone :-) i have censored several messages from very very dumb ones (more than 50% come from very same state in USA, how bizarre). I think these visitors were quite young or really dumb ones. I don't really understand why this web site is target of hate. This web site is non political one. This web site is not anti american or anti whatever. Thousands of web sites (and forums) are dedicated to politics. Hundreds of web sites are dedicated to spread hate and also "I hate France" attitude. I'm sure that these "angry" visitors can easily find a place in the internet where they can meet others like them. Best regards to everyone. Webmaster webmaster
24-04-2004 {moderated} This is a Wels, or Danubian Catfish as they are also known. This species of catfish is present only in rivers and some lakes (by human introduction) IN EUROPE. It is completely different from the cats you have in the USA. It was almost certainly caught in the river Ebro in Spain. The record for the Ebro is around 190 - 195 pounds. Respect to the captors of this quality fish!
20-04-2004 for one thing that is one nice ass cat but there is no way u will find me in that water that deep and with catfish that big. arnt you afraid that the cat will bit you are something like
16-04-2004 Hi SPARKLE! All dates in our site are in the european format: DD-MM-YYYY (Day-Month-Year). Your message date is 16-04-2004, month 16 doesn't exist!!! webmaster
16-04-2004 Saw the 'fish story' on and it sent me to your site for the 'real story'. That is one big fish. Just curious though why all the dates here end with 2004 on months that haven't even come yet? It is only April yet some of the dates say September etc. Just curious. sparkle
09-04-2004 I first learned of this great catch when my husband sent me a copy from work. The copy said it was caught in Illinois. The biggest catfish I ever caught was 3lbs here in Ill. I dont know what I would do if I caught one over 100lbs! I think I will be revisiting Italy soon. ladyfisher
07-04-2004 Giant Catfish Caught in Lake Texoma (2004) URBANLEGENDS: Emailed photo of a huge catfish supposedly caught in Lake Texoma, Texas webmaster
06-04-2004 Yes, there are catfish in the Danube, so your grandfather could very well have told you the truth! lucas.van.der.geest
06-04-2004 I was looking at all these pictures and it reminded me of a story my grandpa told me. He said back when he was my age, which was about 1946, he was walking on a bridge over the Danube in Romania, and he said he say a huge catfish the size of a man standing up washed up on the bank. I was wondering if the Silurus Glanis also are in the Danube around the Romanian country side. And also, how do you fish for them, using bobbers, lures or traditional methods for catching catfish here in the states such as chiken liver and stink bait? tippi
06-04-2004 Thanks Dirty White Boy from Kanosha (USA) ;-) Lucas lucas.van.der.geest
06-04-2004 LOL Lucas. Jealous fishermen never cease to amaze me..... Tell a fish story... It's a lie. Show a picture... It's fake. Hold up the fish... You didn't catch that! LOL. Lucas is a friend of mine. I can attest that the fish is real. Just like this one: and this one: and this one: Hey, who is that last guy? Looks like Lucas.... lol. Next spring buddy... The big one. ;-) Be sure and send me the pics of those big cats you get this summer. Ciao. dwb
06-04-2004 The aim of this site is to share a passion, and not just to show the biggest, largest and hugest catfish. But for those who are interested to see very BIG ONES we have some photos:

YURI: 242cm/103Kg | 7.38ft/227lbs

TONY: 244cm/88Kg | 7.44ft/194lbs

XAVIER: albino 214cm/75Kg | 6.52ft/165lbs
05-04-2004 Guys! Reading the above made me burst in laughter. I am Lucas van der Geest and I caught this fish in the river Po, somewhere south of the city of Mantova (Italy). I myself live in Holland (near Amsterdam) and drive to Italy (an 18 hour drive) two or three times a year to fish for these big cats. I caught this fish of 85 kilo a couple of days after I caught a 70 kilo cat. It is my personal best. Allthough this cat is quite a big one, I can assure you that bigger ones have been caught there (over 100 kilo). For instance by Yuri Grisendi, who happens to be an Italian friend of mine. Yuri is the chairman of the Italian Catfish Society (GSI / I myself am the chairman of the Dutch Catfish Society (MSG / I have written three books about this catfish. During the whole month of July I am working there as a (catfish) guide, so to all you yanks ;-) : why don't you fly to Milano? I will pick you up and after a two hour drive, you'll be fishing in Europe's most notorious catfish water! This fish being the Texas state record is bullshit (excuse the language). I have never even been in the States and I very much doubt that this type of (cat)fish exist in the States. It's latin name is Silurus Glanis. Hope this will clearify a lot of the nonsense told about this fish. lucas.van.der.geest
05-04-2004 to MDWEBNECK: Thank you for your feedback and welcome to you and to all visitors from all over the USA states (and all visitors from everywhere). This catfish was caught in Italy by Lucas (from Holland). I must ask him for more facts. webmaster
05-04-2004 Really exceptional one !!! Looks like a big aquarium fish. Congratulations !!! webmaster
05-04-2004 Was glad to finally find the source (and you added some more data to the gallery entry since my last research visit). I knew it wasn't from TX because if they had caught it there would have been much better advertisement of it and we would have never heard the end of it. ;-) I see it was caught last year, can you provide the full date? And where along the Po River? I'm not that familiar with Italy. Current MD, USA resident, former TX, USA resident. mdwebneck
04-04-2004 My first ever cats ... not a bad start ;) big.ron
04-04-2004 all taken early morning ....and strung up for about 1 hour for the light ....I respect where you are coming from ....Big Ron big.ron
17-03-2004 ... this fish was caught (and released) in Italy (South of Europe) in the Po river. webmaster
17-03-2004 So where was this Catfish Caught? Someone said Europe. What part of Europe? redheadrick
16-03-2004 I received an e-mail saying that this was a new Georgia state record. They said the fish was 140 lbs and was caught in 3.5 feet of water on the Chattahoochee River. naptime
15-03-2004 Someone gave me a picture of this catfish stating it was caught at Lake Leon in West Texas and that it weighed 151 lbs. I got to searching the net for catfish pictures and found out that these catfish are not catch in the USA. Someone is playing a joke, and the catfish is real, but not catch in the USA. michelle
15-03-2004 Yep, even in sunny South Africa. You are even being credited with having caught the behemoth here in one of our local dams. Congrats anyway! xfm
11-03-2004 It's also being circulated as being caught on Lake Norman, near Charlotte, North Carolina. creamer
08-03-2004 Not sure how the State record catfish rumor got started but I live in TX and we do have a new state record catfish. This one is definitely a lot larger than the one caught in TX. Check out the tx record, story and pictures here... catman.72
08-03-2004 yes, we have learned this fake story here: webmaster
08-03-2004 Wanted to let you know this picture is being forwarded in the USA as the state of Texas record catfish. cds
06-03-2004 I didn't keep it to eat. I practise Catch & Release. Greetings, Lucas lucas.van.der.geest
05-03-2004 Thank you for sharing this photo. I probably wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. What an awesome catch. Good work and congratulations, guys! big.l
02-03-2004 I know catfish, and that's one heap big cat. If the anglers kept him for eating, they had to have had a big job of skinning a big boy like that! Woohoo! winestone.cowboy
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