Sunday, May 17, 2009

So, if pythons can do it, then goldfish or carp or catfish can do it....

This is from Texas and you know what they say about everything being big in Texas.

Subject: State Record Catfish
For all you campers out there who swim in the water...beware!

New state record catfish. 140 lbs. caught in Lake Texoma. This is one of those legendary fish that scuba divers say they see at the bottom of dams that are big enough to eat a person.

NO: This Catfish lived in Italy... not Italy, Texas.

Somethings are just too big to be true... and they end up in the Urban Legends website. Interestingly enough, there really was a record-breaking blue catfish caught in Lake Texoma, Texas in January 2004 - but this isn't it. The above photo, circulating via email since February 2004, appears real enough, but we have no information about its origin or the two hearty fishermen struggling under the weight of their monstrous catch [see update below]. Urban legend has it that man-eating catfish the size of Volkswagens have been sighted near the base of dams by maintenance divers (whose hair reportedly turned white from the shock of it), but the largest specimens ever actually caught in the United States have weighed in at under 150 lbs.
Update: Ownership of the above photo has been claimed by angler Lucas van der Geest, who reports catching the 187-pound wels catfish near Po, Italy in 2003.

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