Italian fisherman lands possible record-breaking catfish

PO RIVER, Italy (KTVU) -- Footage of an Italian fisherman after landing what may be a world record catfish was going viral Friday.

The wels catfish caught in Italy's Po Delta by sports fisherman Dino Ferrari measured 8 feet 9 inches long (2.67 meters) and tipped the scales at nearly 280 pounds (127 kilograms). Ferrari, a professional fisherman sponsored by Sportex Italia, said it took him 40 minutes to land the massive fish.

While the current weight record for a wels catfish is over 300 pounds, according to the Daily Mirror, Ferrari may have set a record for the largest catfish to be caught with a rod and reel.

After documenting the catch, Ferrari released the fish back into the river.