BIG CATFISH angler Johann Troppacher encountered a multi-coloured freak of nature on the River Po in northern Italy. Check out the pictures here and video too.

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The Radical and Black Cat test angler was awoken at 5.45am on a glorious summer morning by his favourite alarm clock to wake up to… his catfish alarm bells!

Fishing at a distance of around 350 metres, Johann Troppacher leapt into his boat, with his His Black Cat rod bent almost into a semi-circle.

With his bait presented against a natural bank, Johann had to prevent the fish from taking shelter in the vegetation, cranking hard on a Fin-Nor Marquesa multiplier reel.

It was a fight that would fray his nerves. Twice he had to free his line from trees.

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His friend Frerk Petersen told Angler’s Mail: “At times, he could not even be sure whether there was still a fish on the line, then suddenly his rod would bend over again and it was game on!

“A mega fight ensued before the moment he will not forget in a hurry. The beast showed itself at the surface and he saw…white! He could hardly believe his eyes.

“The catfish turned away again and Johann’s nerves were finally shattered. However, a few long and anxious minutes later, his hand was at last inside the fish’s mouth.

“As its tail slid over the rail of his boat, Johann jumped for joy. A giant half white and part yellow catfish lay at his feet. The beautiful Mandarin catfish shone with shimmering colours in the morning sunrise.

“It was a freak of nature at an incredible 2.14 metres in length!”

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3The giant, unusually coloured catfish took a small asp on a combi rig and a 2.5-metre leader presented at a depth of four metres in a pool against a natural bank of the Po.

You can watch a short video of Johann’s unusual catfish below…