Fisherman Rodney Hills reports that it took about 30 minutes of concentrated effort to reel in a 115-pound catfish known as the Duke.
Hill, who is 67 years old, had to call on help from his fellow fishermen to haul the gigantic catfish out the water so it could be officially weighed.
“It was quite a struggle,” Hills told the Post. The catfish was identified as the famous Duke by a circular scar near its dorsal fin, the report notes.
There is a scar near the Duke’s dorsal fin that officially identified that Hills had managed to catch the most famous catfish in Great Britain. Hills was able to have his photograph taken with the Wels Catfish just prior to releasing it back into the Norfolk lake where it resides.
Hills admitted that his secret to catching the massive sea creature was a hunk of smoked pork sausage on the end of his fishing line.
Wels catfish such as Duke are a variety of fish that have been known to grow as long as 10 feet in length and weight as much as several hundred pounds.
Wels catfish are also becoming much more common in bodies of water in Germany as well as France, where the catfish have been known to leap entirely out of the water in order to feast on low flying pigeons as a snack.
Wels catfish have been known to grow larger than 115 pounds – some can get as long as 10 feet and weight close to 300 pounds.
Giant Wels Catfish Caught By Fisherman Rodney Hills Weighed Almost 115 Pounds (PHOTO)
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