BERLIN (Reuters) - A giant catfish that ate a dog and terrorized a German lake for years has washed up dead, but the legend of "Kuno the Killer" lives on. A gardener discovered the carcass of a five-foot-long catfish weighing 77 pounds this week, a spokesman for the western city of Moenchengladbach said on Friday.
Kuno became a local celebrity in 2001 when he sprang from the waters of the Volksgarten park lake to swallow a Dachshund puppy whole. He evaded repeated attempts to capture him.
"He was our Loch Ness monster," said Uwe Heil, member of "Kuno's Friends," a local rock band named after the fish.
Several fishermen identified the carcass as Kuno, but doubts linger. "That's not the Kuno we know," said Leon Cornelius, another member of "Kuno's Friends." He said he had seen several huge catfish in the lake.
Low water levels and a summer heat wave probably killed the catfish, among the biggest found in Germany. The northern city of Bremen plans to stuff it and put in a museum.
"Live kittens are being used as bait by professional fishermen hunting giant catfish for European restaurants.
The cruel practice came to light when police boarded a fishing boat on the Po River in Northern Italy and found a stash of frightened kittens ready to be placed on hooks."
Complete with picture of giant catfish, though it's a giant French catfish, not a giant German one.
theres really no limit on the size that a catfish can grow too.. we have an old polaroid around here someplace where my grandfather caught one that was approx 5ft long.. as when it was held up shoulder high in the picture, it's tale curled on the ground. The kittens for bait thing is weird.. most catfish atleast in america are lazy and generally bottomfeed
damn cats deserved it. but ya thats pretty funny...
From an article at http://bz.berlin1.de/aktuell/news/030725/fisch.html
thats a big mafuckin fish