Is this 280-pound catfish real? Fisherman provides proof

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Italian fisherman Dino Ferrari hooked a 280-pound, 8-foot-9-inch catfish last Thursday on Italy's Po River, which is believed to be one of the largest ever caught with a rod and reel.  Ferrari, a bus mechanic who was fishing with his twin brother, spent 40 minutes reeling in the fish.

Dino says he’s fishing for sport and sports fishermen. Don’t kill their catch. They let it go. Dino says he had the whopping catfish in his possession for only half an hour.  French researchers documented the catfish actually beaching themselves to pounce on pigeons at the water’s edge. They had a 28% success rate. Just imagine the catfish telling the story about the one that got away.


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