Swedes catch world’s largest halibut in Norway

Photo: www.seafood.no

Photo: www.seafood.no

On Thursday Aug 6, the world’s largest halibut was caught in Helnessund in Steigen,  Nordland county. “We were actually fishing for cod,” said a smiling Bosse Carlsson (59) to AN.no.

Carlsson and his fishing partner Hans-Olov Nilsson (48), were trying their “fishing luck”, when suddenly Nilsson caught an enormous halibut. It weighted 211,5 kilo (466 lb.), and was 268 centimeter (8.8 feet) long and 200 centimeter (6.6 feet) wide.

“In the beginning we thought it was a cod, but when the struggle lasted 30 minutes, we understood the catch was something bigger, said Carlsson. The previous “halibut-record” in Norway was 202 kilo (6.6 lb.).

Atlantic halibut is the largest member of flatfish family, with its eyes on its greyish side and a white blind side. Juveniles are found along the coast of Norway in relatively shallow waters, whereas full-grown Atlantic halibut usually stay at depths of 300 to 2000 metres. Atlantic halibut spawn at depths of 300 to 700 metres in deep hollows in the banks off the coast or in the fjords. Read more on Seafoodfromnorway.com

Source: ANB. View pictures of the monster-halibut on NRK

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