Wels Catfish

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A klonk, a plunger-like Eastern European instrument for "calling" wels.
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Catch and Release

You land a wels by grasping the lower jaw, preferably with two hands. Gloves help but without is also possible, as long as you hold tight. Otherwise the needle-like teeth will cut more. Sometimes a wels will bite down on your hand. Occasionally it will attempt to roll, like a croc.

And when they are released, it’s not unknown for them to make their displeasure known to the angler by delivering a bite to the nearest body part. Luckily I had been warned about this, so my reflexes were primed. Otherwise I might have ended up nursing a wound on my leg like the swimmers in Schlachtensee Lake.

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