Woman catches terrifying monster fish emerging from bottom of lake with her bare hands

A BIKINI-clad woman dived head-first into a murky lake – before emerging with a monster catfish hanging off her arm.

Hannah Barron, 23, made the huge catch on a hunting trip to Illinois – and shared a picture to her 530k Instagram followers.

Hannah Barron, 23, made the huge catch on a hunting trip to Illinois
She regularly posts hunting snaps to her 530k followers

She can be seen flinging herself off a fishing boat wearing just a swimsuit and hotpants as two male pals stand by.

Using a Southern fishing trick called ‘noodling’, she then jams her entire forearm into the catfish’s mouth while her other hand grips its gills.

She laughs as she then pulls the fish above the surface to the astonishment of her friends.

Catfish don’t have teeth, but their mouths can expand to help gulp their prey down.

One impressed Facebook user said: “What a huge fish, if one of those bites me I don’t know what I would do.”

Another wrote: “The woman is calm and smiling despite having that huge animal clinging to her arm.”

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HERE’S THE VIDEO!! 🐋 – It’s hard to tell what all was happening because it was a deeper hole. The water was over my head (not saying much since I’m only 5ft tall) so @jeffbarron70 tied a rope around my waist just in case (safety first!). @charl3sfarm3r had the wire gate you see towards the end of the video blocking the hole to keep her from getting out when I would come up for air. Took me 3 times going down to grab her. She was so fast biting me, either biting the side of my arm or swallowing me up past my wrist every time, that it was hard to grab her. She was VERY aggressive to be such a big fish. When I finally got my arm between her gills and her gill plate, Charles moved the gate, and I STILL had a hard time getting her out of the hole. This is when I realized just how big she was. I remember being under water with her kicking to get to the top. Most of the fight was underwater where the video can’t show, then feeling Dad pull the rope when he knew I had the fish. @gavinr5 and @neal_carlton we’re standing on the structure, and Gavins laugh at the end is great 😂 it was a team effort getting her and me both in the boat since I wasn’t letting go! The video cut off right as I started screaming loud enough to rattle everyone’s windows in Illinois 😇 🎥: @blake.wollerman15 – I can’t thank y’all enough for having us out! Another year, another PB in Illinois! A YouTube video from the whole trip will be out SOON! I even have videos of getting bit and coming up the first 2 times laughing like a maniac 😂 – – – #GetBit #HoggOn #Noodling #Grabbling #HandFishing #Fishing #Flathead #Catfish

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Hannah – who later let the catfish go – has controversially been pictured with a score of trophy animals.

In one shot, she’s seen holding an ALLIGATOR over her head.

And another shows her leaning on a dead Kansas Coyote.

One animal lover commented: “Shame on you.”

The monster catfish was later released into the lake
Another shot shows her holding a shot alligator
She caught the beast by shoving her hand down its throat
The stunt is harmless because catfish don’t have teeth

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