A British fisherman set a world record last week when he nabbed a rare, 8-foot-long, 206-pound albino catfish in Spain.
Bernie Campbell was halfway through his annual fishing trip on River Ebro near Barcelona when he made the catch, which eclipsed the previous world record by about 10 pounds.
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"For about seven years now, I have been going out to Spain to catch catfish. Right from my very first trip, I have wanted to catch an albino catfish, but I have never been successful," Campbell, 54, told the Daily Mail
. "They are such beautiful fish but they have always evaded me. I was three days into my holiday this year when I hooked into a big fish coming up to midnight. When I got the fish closer to the shore and I saw it was white I couldn't believe it.
It took 30 minutes of wrestling with the line for Campbell to finally reel the albino catfish to shore. The fisherman released the fish after weighing and photographing it.
Albino catfish lack an enzyme called tyrosinase, which is involved in the production of melanin. The congenital disorder causes a lack of pigment in the skin, giving the fish a whitish hue.
Though regular catfish can grow to be more than 600 pounds, large albino catfish are uncommon.
"We have had two or three big albino catfish out of the river, but none that has topped 200 pounds," expert catfish angler and guide John Deakin of CatMaster Tours told the Daily Mail. "Albino catfish of that size are very rare indeed. This is the biggest we’ve ever seen. It was a very special fish."
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