Skip to comments.Angler's Record Fish is Reel Deal (482lb 13oz halibut beats previous record by 18 lbs)
Posted on 11/23/2010 12:54:05 PM PST by Stoat
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.
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 of their boat
One for the record books: Gunther, third from left, poses with some of his crewmates and his record-breaking catch
And you should have seen the one that got away...
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...
“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
“Were gonna need a bigger bat.”
1000 Halibut fillets?
That’s a lot of fish-n-chips!
It would take a strong knight, indeed, to chop down the largest tree in the forest with THAT halibut...
Never mind... ...it was a herring...
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!
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.
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.
Shopkeeper: For a fish.
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!
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.
It must have been eating ice-deprived polar bear.
That’s just cool. 70 years old and a 2 hour fight. A world record and enough to feed a family for months.
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.
Holy mackerel, that’s one halibut fish! (Ug, I know)
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