176lb catfish on 40th birthday

Gareth Williams could not have asked for a better fortieth birthday present than this 176lb catfish from the River Ebro.

The County Offaly, Ireland-based rod had booked a long weekend on the famous Spanish waterway to celebrate and targeting a stretch at Benifallet he landed a number of catfish between 35lb and 45lb as well as carp to 22lb.

With just an hour of his session remaining Gareth received the bite he’d been hoping for. “The fish tore off on a 150 yards run. After over half an hour I netted a huge catfish which measured 220cm and tipped the scales at 176lb.”