If it were the Olympics, no doubt Kirstin Hole of Britain would be a gold-medal winner in the Monster Catfish Catching Category.
Hole, 20, who stands 5-foot-2, landed a massive catfish that measured 7 feet and weighed 120 pounds, which is reportedly more than she weighs.
“It was so big I couldn’t even hold it long-ways like you normally would for a picture, so I just had to hug it,” Hole told the UK Daily Mail.
Hole and her boyfriend, Lee Pollard, were sleeping in their tent at the Oakwood Park lakes in Thetford, Norfolk, when Hole’s fishing rod alarm went off at 5:15 a.m. She sprang up and started reeling in the monster.
“Lee came out to help, but I did it all myself,” Hole said. “I reeled it in really slowly, but it felt like I was battling with a bus it was so heavy. … It’s the biggest thing I have ever caught.”
Indeed, it turned out to be the biggest freshwater fish ever caught in the U.K. by a woman — by more than 50 pounds. The previous record was a 69-pound, 8-ounce catfish.
Hole fought the catfish for an hour until finally bringing the beast to shore. She posed for photos, managed to have the fish weighed in a weighing sling with the help of nearby fishermen, and then released it alive back into the water.
“I was just so happy that I had caught such a big fish,” Hole said.
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Photo from Kirstin Hole’s Facebook page.