British angler catches 28 stone 7ft halibut in ‘new UK fishing record’

British angler catches 28 stone 7ft halibut in 'new UK fishing record'
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Angler Paul Stevens, left, with the huge halibut he caught in Norway. (Solent News)

A British angler is celebrating what is thought to be a record catch after reeling in a 7ft halibut off the coast of Norway.

Paul Stevens, 45, from Norwich, landed the massive flatfish, which weighed 28 and a half stone (180kg) and was 7ft (2.1m) long.

He caught it while fishing off the coast of Norway, in what is believed to be the largest fish of its kind landed by someone from the UK. He returned the fish to the water after catching it.

It is thought, because of its size, the fish was between 70 and 90 years old.

“It pulled the boat half a mile,” said Stevens. “It took three days for my shoulders to recover. I put it back. It’s breeding stock.

“It was a bit emotional. I have spent a lot of years trying to catch a fish like that.”

As the fish was too heavy to bring on board his vessel, Stevens entered the water to have his photo taken with it, before unhooking it and releasing it unharmed.

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