If they get this big in an inland delta, then there's gotta be some WR or State records of our favorite species ready to be caught in saltwater !!!

Caught in Italy and posted on I-Net 2 days ago:

It was big enough that the angler who caught it could slide his whole body into its mouth:

"Italian fisherman Dino Ferrari landed what could potentially be a world record wels catfish in Italys Po Delta. Ferraris fish measured an incredible 8.7 feet in length and weighed 280 pounds. The current weight record for a wels catfish is over 300 pounds, but according to the Daily Mirror, Ferrari may have set a record for the largest catfish to be caught with a rod and reel."

Heres photographic proof that this thing could just swallow an adult if it wanted to. Its enormous"