British angler, 45, smashes record after reeling-in 7ft monster fish weighing 28 STONE

A fisherman is celebrating after reeling in a record after catching a humongous 28-stone halibut.

P aul Stevens made the 400lb catch near the Lofoten islands off Norway. The 45-year-old from Norwich, Norfolk, hooked the monster 7.5ft flat fish from off the seabed 200ft down.

His record-breaking haul landed him the title of the largest ever halibut ever caught by a Brit.

For one to grow that size it meant the creature was aged between 70 to 90 years old.

Because it was far too heavy to bring on board, Paul entered the water to have his photo taken alongside the mighty specimen.

He then unhooked it and released it unharmed.

The angler said it took three days for his shoulders to stop aching following the epic catch.

But it wasn’t quite a world record, being more than 100lbs off the 513lbs previously set.

Paul is the manager of Sportquest Holidays, which organises guided fishing trips for British anglers to northern Norway.

He was enjoying some downtime when he caught the huge halibut half a mile from shore at the Lofoten islands off northern Norway.

He used a dead coalfish as bait and said: “It dived three times and pulled the boat about half-a-mile. It took me 20 minutes to reel in but that’s because I am an experienced angler.

“It could easily take others two hours.

“There is no way you could weigh a fish that size. There is a universal formula of taking the measurements of a big fish to calculate its weight which is what I did.

“I put it back afterwards. A fish that size is a breeding stock. A fish that size is between 70 to 90 years old as well.

“It was extremely hard work and it took me three days for my shoulders to recover.

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

Atlantic halibut – Hippoglossus hippoglossus in Latin – are among the largest bony fish in the world.

Their native habitat is the the northern Atlantic from Greenland to the Barents Sea and as far south as the Bay of Biscay.

They can reach up to 15ft in length and weigh up to 700lbs.

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

The biggest halibut ever caught was reeled in by German angler Marco Liebenow in 2013, weighing a staggering 513lbs or 37 stones.

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