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08-10-2006 danny.rawlins ID:2082

Mr Justin Butler aged 39, a builder from Worthing in Sussex caught a 188Lb Wels Catfish from the River Ebro in Spain on the 2nd October 2006. He was on holiday with his friends Don Macleod, Danny Rawlins and Steve Rawlins who are all keen fisherman. He put them all to shame when Justin hooked into the monster fish, which took over 45 minutes to land. He has never fished before in his life but managed to intimidate his fellow Anglers, when he landed this Catfish which was only 30 lbs short of the World record. He decided to go on holiday with his friends to be the ‘Chef’ in their self catering accommodation, but converted himself into a true fisherman after he hooked into this ‘fish of a lifetime’. He claimed his success on the use of a new technological device called a catfishmagnet which they were testing on their trip. The device is dangled into the water to attract predatory fish by giving off sound waves which imitate the electronic fields given off by a struggling fish. ‘We fished for 2 days with no fish, turned on the magnet and had 4 fish within the space of 8 Hours, the last fish that night being the whopper of 188Lbs’ said Danny Rawlins from Worthing in Sussex.
The locals were amazed at the size of the fish from the area they were fishing and also due to the poor fishing conditions at the time of his catch. His friend, Don Macleod vowed to never invite Justin on his fishing holidays again ‘I’ve been fishing for Catfish for Six years now, and have only dreamed of catching a fish of this size, and I end up watching the Chef catch it!’. Mr Butler played the catfish for only 45 minutes, but said the pain in his arms and back lasted over 4 days. He claimed his success to the electronic catfish magnet which he had put into the River that morning. The Catfish was caught on an artificial Halibut pellet using a runnung lead rig on 85lb braid hooklink. More pictures and information on his catch can be seen at

Species Length Weight Year River Place Country Technique
Wels Catfish 85 Kg
187.4 lbs
2006 Rio Ebro Embalse De Mequinenza ESP Catfishmagnet
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