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Angler's Record Fish is Reel Deal (482lb 13oz halibut beats previous record by 18 lbs)
The Sun (U.K.) / Various ^ | John Coles

Posted on 11/23/2010 12:54:05 PM PST by Stoat

Angler's record fish is reel deal

 

By JOHN COLES

 

 

Big fish ... Gunther, 70, beside huge halibut
Big fish ... Gunther, 70, beside huge halibut


A PENSIONER reeled back the years and defied his age when he landed this world record halibut weighing more than 34 STONE — enough for nearly 1,000 fillets.

Super-fit Gunther Hansel, 70, spent more than two hours wrestling with the massive 8ft 2in flatfish after hooking it in an Icelandic fjord with a 30lb line and plastic lure.

Five other men on the fishing boat then helped haul it on board with a rope around its tail.

The monster fish weighed in at a mighty 482lb 13oz — a world record that smashed the previous best by 18lb — and would have provided 970 fillet portions.

German Gunther, from Magdeburg, near Berlin, sold it for £2,500 at a local fishmarket and split the money with the others on his trip.

He said: "This is the fish I have been fishing for all my life."

Fishing tour operator Herbert Loechel said: "After the bite we had to worry that Gunther would land the fish. It took him 135 minutes.

"But the crew of the boat helped hoist the giant fish with more anglers on board to help it on to the boat.

"Back at port the giant fish was celebrated vigorously."

Atlantic halibut are among the largest bony fish in the world.

They can reach up to 15ft in length and weigh up to 700lb and can live for 50 years.

Their diet is usually other fish like cod, haddock and herring although they are hunted by seals and the Greenland shark.

 

 



TOPICS: Food; Outdoors; Sports
KEYWORDS: fish; fishing; halibut; monsterfish
More:

 

The feeding of the 5,000 Not quite, but pensioner lands record-breaking halibut that's big enough to provide almost 1,000 fish suppers Mail Online

 The one that didn't get away: Gunther Hansel spent more than two hours reeling in the 8ft 2ins halibut - and needed help of five crewmates

   

It's a miracle: Gunther Hansel spent more than two hours reeling in the 8ft 2ins halibut - and needed the help of five crewmates to land the fish

 

 You're going to need a bigger freezer: Gunther and his crewmates were able to wynch the 34-stone fish onto the deck

You're going to need a bigger freezer: Gunther and his crewmates were able to wynch the 34-stone fish onto the deck of their boat

 

 One for the record books: Gunther, third from left, poses with some of his crewmates and his record-breaking catch

One for the record books: Gunther, third from left, poses with some of his crewmates and his record-breaking catch

1 posted on 11/23/2010 12:54:19 PM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

And you should have seen the one that got away...


2 posted on 11/23/2010 12:56:30 PM PST by samtheman
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To: Stoat

Yumpin Yimminy!


3 posted on 11/23/2010 12:58:18 PM PST by Adder (Part 1 Accomplished)
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To: Stoat

Love to see Sarah and Bristol stun that one now that would be great TV at the same time have the libs shaking in their boots...


4 posted on 11/23/2010 12:59:56 PM PST by RINOS ARE RADICALS
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To: Stoat

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”


5 posted on 11/23/2010 1:01:51 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: The_Victor

“Were gonna need a bigger bat.”


6 posted on 11/23/2010 1:03:17 PM PST by RINOS ARE RADICALS
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To: Stoat

1000 Halibut fillets?

DELICIOUS!


7 posted on 11/23/2010 1:03:55 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Stoat


8 posted on 11/23/2010 1:04:25 PM PST by steveo (Why yes, I will have a Merry Christmas.)
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To: Stoat

That’s a lot of fish-n-chips!


9 posted on 11/23/2010 1:04:25 PM PST by fso301
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To: Stoat

It would take a strong knight, indeed, to chop down the largest tree in the forest with THAT halibut...


10 posted on 11/23/2010 1:06:07 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: steveo
I get it.
11 posted on 11/23/2010 1:07:55 PM PST by Quality_Not_Quantity (A half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth. (J.I. Packer)
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To: WayneS

Never mind... ...it was a herring...

My mistake.


12 posted on 11/23/2010 1:08:25 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Stoat

13 posted on 11/23/2010 1:16:14 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Stoat

Looks a bit like my pet fish,Eric.I chose him out of thousands.I didn’t like the others...they were all too flat!


14 posted on 11/23/2010 1:18:45 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: Stoat

Customer: Hello, I would like to buy a fish license, please.

Shopkeeper: A what?

Customer: A license for my pet fish, Eric.

Shopkeeper: How did you know my name was Eric?

Customer: No no no, my fish’s name is Eric, Eric the fish. He’s an halibut.

Shopkeeper: What?

Customer: He is...an...halibut.

Shopkeeper: You’ve got a pet halibut?

Customer: Yes. I chose him out of thousands. I didn’t like the others, they were all too flat.

Shopkeeper: You must be a looney.

Customer: I am not a looney! Why should I be tied with the epithet looney merely because I have a pet halibut? I’ve heard tell that Sir Gerald Nabardo has a pet prawn called Simon and you wouldn’t call him a looney; furthermore, Dawn Pailthorpe, the lady show-jumper, had a clam, called Stafford, after the late Chancellor, Allan Bullock has two pikes, both called Chris, and Marcel Proust had an haddock! So, if you’re calling the author of ‘A la recherche du temps perdu’ a looney, I shall have to ask you to step outside!

Shopkeeper: Alright, alright, alright. A license.

Customer: Yes.

Shopkeeper: For a fish.

Customer: Yes.

Shopkeeper: You are a looney.

Customer: Look, it’s a bleeding pet, isn’t it? I’ve got a license for me pet dog Eric, and I’ve got a license for me pet cat Eric...

Shopkeeper: You don’t need a license for your cat.

Customer: I bleeding well do and I got one. He can’t be called Eric without it—

Shopkeeper: There’s no such thing as a bloody cat license.

Customer: Yes there is!
Shopkeeper: Isn’t!

Customer: Is!

Shopkeeper Isn’t!

Customer: I bleeding got one, look! What’s that then?

Shopkeeper: This is a dog license with the word ‘dog’ crossed out and ‘cat’ written in in crayon.

Customer: The man didn’t have the right form.

Etc. etc.


15 posted on 11/23/2010 1:19:16 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: samtheman; Adder; RINOS ARE RADICALS; The_Victor; PGR88; steveo; fso301; WayneS; ...
But the overriding question of course is, was Gunther properly licensed?

 

YouTube - Monty Python - Fish License

 

 

16 posted on 11/23/2010 1:19:50 PM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

It must have been eating ice-deprived polar bear.


17 posted on 11/23/2010 1:20:12 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Stoat

That’s just cool. 70 years old and a 2 hour fight. A world record and enough to feed a family for months.


18 posted on 11/23/2010 1:26:39 PM PST by November 2010
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To: Stoat; All
That's one thing on my bucket list - to go halibut fishing in Alaska and catch one of those big babies.

One thing I've always wondered...what's the difference between a flounder and a halibut.......other than size? Anyone know? They look the same to me.

19 posted on 11/23/2010 1:27:41 PM PST by OB1kNOb (Don't make me go ALL CAPS on you.)
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To: Stoat

Holy mackerel, that’s one halibut fish! (Ug, I know)


20 posted on 11/23/2010 1:28:30 PM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Stoat

Hey let that go, I didn’t know Ohbamma could swim so deep, you know its him because he is flattened by the pressure and his eyes always look at you one at a time, very shifty character..
Oh well Bidens turn now..


21 posted on 11/23/2010 1:38:39 PM PST by aces
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To: Stoat

“Why did you fight him for two hours?”

“For the halibut”. ba da bump

I’m here all week Ladies & Germs. Try the veal. Don’t forget to tip your waitresses.


22 posted on 11/23/2010 1:50:04 PM PST by rickb308 (Nothing good ever came from someone yelling Allah Snackbar)
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To: OB1kNOb

For one thing, a flounder’s eyes are on the same side of its head.


23 posted on 11/23/2010 2:13:36 PM PST by NCC-1701 (HEY, NAZI PELOUSY, ON NOVEMBER 2, WE WILL DRAIN THE SWAMP!)
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To: Stoat

Does anyone know if a fish that old/big is good eating.

I like eating young animals/fish myself. Tender and sweet!


24 posted on 11/23/2010 2:16:03 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Stoat

Does anyone know if a fish that old/big is good eating.

I like eating young animals/fish myself. Tender and sweet!


25 posted on 11/23/2010 2:19:50 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: girlangler

26 posted on 11/23/2010 2:38:34 PM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: wolfcreek; HungarianGypsy
Does anyone know if a fish that old/big is good eating.

I like eating young animals/fish myself. Tender and sweet!

 

I'm thinking that our FRiend Hungarian Gypsy might have a meaningful answer to that question :-)

27 posted on 11/23/2010 2:42:14 PM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: NCC-1701
I see two eyes on same side of head on this halibut.


28 posted on 11/23/2010 3:04:04 PM PST by OB1kNOb (Don't make me go ALL CAPS on you.)
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To: wolfcreek
Does anyone know if a fish that old/big is good eating.

I can just about guarantee that if that put that baby over a hot fire while it's still fresh the parasites will bore themselves out the top side.

29 posted on 11/23/2010 11:39:27 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Yumm


30 posted on 11/24/2010 4:31:35 AM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: OB1kNOb
I see two eyes on same side of head on this halibut.

Yes, you do. They're all like that.

From Wikipedia ... " At birth they have an eye on each side of the head, and swim like a salmon. After about 6 months one eye migrates to the other side, making them look more like other flounder. At the same time the stationary-eyed side darkens to match the top side, while the other side remains white."

31 posted on 11/24/2010 8:16:44 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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