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Circulating Image Depicts Fisherman With Massive Catfish

by Brett M. Christensen


An image going viral via social media depicts an extremely large catfish along with the fisherman who caught it.

Brief Analysis

The photograph is genuine. Other photographs and reports confirm the catch. Reports indicate that the fish was more than 120kg in weight and around 2.67 metres long. Catfish of the size depicted are not unprecedented and some that have been caught were even larger.


Detailed Analysis

An image depicting an extremely large catfish and the fisherman who caught it is going viral via social media, causing considerable debate as it travels. Because the fish looks so large, some have questioned the image’s authenticity and have suggested that it may have been ‘photoshopped’.

However, despite its seemingly unbelievable size, the image is reportedly genuine. The fish has been identified as a wels catfish.

Fisherman Dino Ferrari caught the monster fish in Italy’s Po Delta. A series of other images depicting Dino and the same fish were published on the Sportex Italia Facebook Page.
A number of news outlets have also reported on the catch. The fish weighed in at a hefty 127kg and was 2.67 meters long.

While certainly very large, the size of Mr Ferrari’s catch is not unprecedented. Another catfish caught in the same area of Italy was recorded at 144 kg and 2.78 metres.

In December 2014, 14-year-old Sam Lee caught a 2.5 metre catfish in Spain.

And, in October 2014, fisherman Tom Herron caught a 94 kg Albino catfish, again in Spain.

National Geographic reports that another species of catfish caught in the Mekong River tipped the scales at 293kg.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,