Larysa Switlyk plans to attack the Ebro River in Spain this year at the World Catfish Classic in Chiprana, Spain May 23rd through the 25th, 2012.  Larysa fished the Ebro River with Gary Sheridan of CarpDreamFishing.com who helped her land 3 giant Wels catfish weighing in at 167lbs, 150lbs, and 122lbs respectively. Gary came in 6th last year in the tournament after one of his teammates lost a fish the last day that would have put them over the top in 2011.  This year after fishing with Larysa in December, the two of them formed a team to compete seriously at this year’s World Catfish Classic. This year she plans to win the competition competing for Team USA.

Larysa is no stranger to competitive fishing having experienced tournaments and successfully competing in the IFA Red Fish Tournament, El Cheapo Sheepshead Tournament, The Women’s Professional Tarpon Tournament Series and numerous small inshore fishing tournaments.  Larysa is also no stranger to world class fishing in places like Hawaii for marlin, Australia for barramundi, Alaska for salmon, Florida for tarpon as well as Thailand for mekong and redtailed catfish.  Wels catfish offers Larysa a challenge because all of the fishing is from the shore and the size of the fish can range from 100lbs to absolute monsters as big as 300lbs.

“Not only will I get the chance to fish the famous Ebro River again for Wels catfish against some of the top anglers in the world but also the chance to represent the United States of America as well as female anglers throughout the world is pretty exciting to me,” stated Larysa Switlyk. “I will most definitely keep up with these boys, and I am sure to shock quite a few of them when I beat them in this tournament.  I will compete seriously and I hope in doing so I can encourage more women to come out and try fishing for themselves, I know it will all be worth it.  I promise to fish my heart out and show the rest of the world what the USA is made of.”

Larysa will be filming the entire competition for her television show and sharing her journey throughout the tournament via her website and through social media on her fan page and twitter account.  Come join the excitement and follow along as Larysa battles it out for a world title.

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