Angler lands monster catfish weighing in at a massive 250lbThis monster from the deep has broken the record for the biggest freshwater fish caught in Europe.
Measuring 8.2ft long and weighing just over 250lbs the gigantic catfish was heaved out of a lake after a 45 minute back-breaking tussle.
Plucky angler Roberto Godi was nearly thrown into the water when the brute took his bait of a bream fish.
Monster from the deep: This catfish has broken the record for the biggest freshwater fish caught in Europe. Roberto Godi landed the brute in Italy
The scales shot up to a mighty 250lbs 2ozs - or 17.8 stones - sparking scenes of celebration on the river bank.
Not only is the catch the biggest of its kind in Europe, it is also the biggest species of wels catfish ever caught in the world.
It broke the previous European record which was another catfish that weighed 246lbs 14oz and was caught by French angler Christophe Dubreuil on Spain's River Ebro.
The specimen was netted by Roberto, 32, on the River Po at Mantova, northern Italy, before being released back into the water safe and well.
Here's Roberto Godi with the gigantic catfish - the biggest species of catfish ever caught in the world.