Will Sudders has banked what may be the biggest albino catfish ever landed by a teenager on Spain’s River Ebro, at a massive 175lb. At 7ft 10in long, the monster was a full three feet longer than the 13-year-old from Colchester in Essex.
It came during a week when fishing was ‘quite slow’ with the water temperature falling and weed proving a problem for anglers.
Will banked fish of 94lb and 50lb on the first day before drawing a blank on day two. The weather then took a turn for the better, and on day three the big albino catfish took a liking to his halibut pellet baits. “Will was on the bank with just his uncle – the guides had left – and he initially thought he’d hooked a small fish,” explained mum Jane.“He would not let anyone else help bring it in. But he is not a big lad and it gave him a real fight!
No one could believe the fish he caught. It was such a beautiful albino.”That was not the end of the day’s action for Will, as decided to sleep on the bank and went on to bank a ‘half albino’ catfish weighing 156lb later that evening, followed by the biggest fish of the week at 182lb. Will, who admits that he ‘lives and breathes’ fishing, is no stranger to Ebro catfish, having banked a personal best at 191lb there in June.The Sun newspaper reported in August 2011 that the world record albino catfish came from the Ebro, in the shape of Chris Grimmer’s 194-pounder.