Spain’s River Ebro has earned its reputation as the “catfish capital of Europe,” boasting an abundance of enormous wels catfish. Ditch Ballard, an experienced English fisherman and owner of Ebro Mad Cats fishing service, recently added another thrilling chapter to the river’s legendary tales. On a freezing February night, Ballard found himself in a gripping battle with a colossal catfish that pushed his skills and endurance to the limit.

Initially targeting carp from his small boat, Ballard suddenly felt a powerful tug on his line. His 10-foot rod bent deeply, and he watched in amazement as his reel’s line rapidly disappeared. With years of experience under his belt, Ballard immediately recognized that he had hooked a massive wels catfish!

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