THE biggest lure-caught mandarin catfish has been caught – and it might also be the heaviest ever albino moggy too!

German ace Fredrik Harbort tempted the yellow giant from Spain’s River Segre at Mequinenza and measured it at a monster 251 cm.

Quantum sponsored Fredrik, 28, from Bremen, used a Black Cat Mullet Shad.

Zebco Europe director Frerk Petersen explained: “Fredrik was a guest at the angling resort and met up with his friend Thomas Axthaler.

“With Thomas’ new guiding drift boat, the duo was able to target many parts of the river that had long been unfished.

“Winter is an unusual time for active spinning in fast flowing water. However, they hoped the warm weather conditions would allow them to hook an active winter catfish.

“In the first hour alone, Fredrik managed to land two fish measuring around 150 cm. A few more hours passed before, suddenly, the little rubber pontoon boat lurched into life on a fast-flowing outside bend of the river.

“A monster fish had taken the shad and remained almost motionless in its pool. For around ten minutes, the fish was seemingly oblivious to the fact it had been hooked.

“It was only when Fredrik used the two-metre Black Cat Silu spinning rod and size 40 Fin-Nor Inshore reel loaded with 0.41 mm braid to apply maximum pressure that the fish appeared to realize the seriousness of the situation.

“The 45-minute battle and associated physical exertion that ensued left both men shaking. Several times the fish disappeared into vegetation, pulling the rubber boat up and down the Segre.

“At the first opportunity, Fredrik grabbed hold of the fish and was almost pulled from the boat. Finally, using both hands, the fish was immobilized and taken ashore for a photo,” he added.orm.

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