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olivier A silure of the Small Rhone victim of my handled.
olivier Here is certainly my biggest silurid 2001; -)

Captured not very legal manner.
claude.valette Thierry Christians, of Belgium, spent its vacations in side sea to 2 hours of Mequinenza.
Knowing the reputation of the corner, and wanting to tempt the experience "silurid" once, he/it had contacted me previously to fish an evening.
Thing made, and record of the camp 2001.
2,30m and 73kg.
The small anecdote, is that we had in the boat, to that moment, this fish and another of 2,15m. (for Michel Rodriguez!)
The boat became suddenly a true rink, with more of 130 kg. of fish, and us 3! Epic! .
claude.valette A super-complicity with Yuri, "lit" as much as me by the catfishing !
The fish: 2,26m.
claude.valette 2 of the 4 fish of one "night of madness", with Yuri in August 2001.
2,20m. and 2,26m.
The 2 other: 2,03m. and 2,15m.
Thank you for Yuri for his precious help...
claude.valette The "biggest" and "largest" that I never saw.
2,19 meters but enormous. We had to be 2 to hoist the fish on board.
The stomach of this fish was diforme, bacause: after some hours, it regurgitated a carp of a good ten kg begun hardly has be digest! Don't tempt to use the quick of this size!
olivier Here is the photo of the vigorous silurid, that non happy to break us a cane, made Claude Valette take a small bath of midnight.
We still laugh on it!
Even though at the time I had rather a big fright because of the numerous branches showing on the surface.
loupenz My biggest in Mequinenza in April 2001.
It measured 1M72.
xavier This was the fishing day in company of Claude Valette, famous fishing guide in Mequinenza.
We did not gat back with empty hands.
Four catfish were caught (and slackened after the photo souvenir).
The two biggest were each 217cm and the two smaller ones measured 173cm and 150cm.
All the captures were hooked with eels.
Thank you for Claude for this splendid fishing party!
xavier Catfish taken by Lionel in Mequinenza in the beginning of April 2001.
For the statistics, it measured 222cm and the weight was estimated about 75Kg.
In the photograph, from left to right: Xavier, Claude Valette and Lionel.
yuri.grisendi.(gsi) Fish of 225 cm, caught in winter (08/12/2000), with the ledgering system and an eel for bait.
vincent My first silurid of the year 2000, captured under falling rain.

July 2000 - The Saone - Place called 'Grange du Diable' (Barn of the Devil) / 128cm
xavier The first "real" fish of our stay in Spain.
xavier A wels catfish of 50kg which had made, 4 years before, the knowledge of Jean-Claude T.
loupenz My present record. This fish presents a small attrophie to the tail that makes him loose a few "precious" centimeters.
loupenz A new record that I didn't think to be able to beat in the same season (but this record was beaten one week later).
loupenz My first fish of my summer vacations in Lyons.
xavier Our first 2 meters.
xavier Marked Wels Catfish (4/4):
This 163cm long catfish has blue markings (tattoo) under its fins.
It is a "pilot" catfish which had been marked by Jean-Claude T. few years before.
From left to right:
Lionel - Joel P. - Jean-Claude T. - Xavier
(following the photos n15, n16 and n17)
xavier Marked Wels Catfish (3/4):
It mesures 163cm and possess blue markings (tattooed) under its flukes.
(following the photos n15 and n16)
xavier Marked Wels Catfish (2/4):
The silurid is seized firmly. (following the photo n15)
xavier Marked Wels Catfish (1/4):
It's very well hooked ...
xavier Beginning of the season 1999 in the Saone in rise of the water level.
The stomac contained:
2 breams of 300g + catfish + "mole" + paper Bounty packing.
xavier Our record of the year 1999 (3/3):
Our biggest capture 2,10 meters (1 hours 30 minutes to hoist it in the boat).
(following the photos n11 and n12)
From left to right: Xavier, Lionel, Franck and Vincent.
xavier Our record of the year 1999 (2/3):
And here is one more photo... we used all the film of 24 exposures!
(following the photo n11)
xavier Our record of the year 1999 (1/3):
Fished in a sector which was the theatre of first big captures in Lyons in the beginning of the Eighties.
loupenz My biggest hold of the year 1999 with photo.
I put a small quarter of hour to take it.
loupenz Silurid caught with a half of rotengle.
xavier The biggest of a set of 6 result of one morning of fishing on a sector of the Rhone that was at the time nearly virgin.
xavier This silurid, taken by Lionel, marked the beginning of big more regular captures.
xavier Two fishing boats, two pretty silurids touched, only one caught.
xavier A last photo for souvenir, and the silurid returned some seconds later in its own natural element.
(following the photos n2 and n3)
xavier My first big silurid caught in a evening storm.
(following the photo n2)
xavier In the fire of the action...
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