Fishing Stories

Philip lands a whopper and fishing record

A Laurelvale man who caught a whopper catfish while on holiday in Spain has also landed himself in the record books

Philip Crawford, second from right, gets a helping hand to show off his mighty catch


Philip Crawford hooked the 216lb (or 15stone 6lb) fish during a tour on the Ebro river two weeks ago, and it has been officially confirmed as the heaviest catfish caught in Spain this year.

The father-of-two, who hadn’t fished in 10 years but decided to join a tour while on holiday in Salou, described reeling the fish in as “half an hour of brute force”.

He said, “I had bruises on my leg from the fishing rod and my shoulders, arms and legs were aching afterwards.

“The catfish is not a lively fish but when a fish of that size does decide to go there’s not much you can do about it.”

But the pain was worth it for the keen angler who, after reeling in his catch, was given a hand to haul it onto the river bank.

The fish, like others caught with CatMaster Tours, was eventually released back into the river. Explained Philip, “We keep them for 15 minutes to half an hour in the shallows to make sure the fish are OK before we let them go.”

And incredibly, just an hour later, Philip caught another 138lb catfish.
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