A British fishing guide has scored the biggest catch of his life with a SEVEN FOOT halibut – the largest ever of its species to be caught by a Brit.
Paul Stevens has been taking keen anglers on trips to Norway six times a year as part of his work as a guide and destination manager for tour agency Sportquest Holidays.
A keen fisher himself, he doesn’t usually get to fish on his tours, supervising guests instead, but had ventured out with two friends during one recent trip and caught himself a whopper.
Reeling in a massive halibut off the coast of Norway on July 6, Paul couldn’t believe his eyes when he measured the fish to be over seven foot long.
The halibut, thought to be between 70 and 90 years old, weighed a whopping 400lbs – 28.5 stone – and set the record as the largest ever of its species to be caught by a British angler.
Proud Paul, 45, who lives in Poringland, South Norfolk, said: “I was absolutely shocked.
“I’ve been after a catch like this for a lot of years so I was really pleased.
“I thought it was big when I saw it, but I didn’t realise it was that big!
“I was brought up fishing with my dad, and then entered the fishing industry when I was older. I just absolutely love being out there on the water.
“I don’t normally get involved with the fishing on my tours, but I was out that day with my friends when we spotted the fish, so it’s amazing that it happened to be on the day I was actually fishing myself.”
The huge record-breaking fish dragged the boat and its occupants for half a mile before it was finally caught for good.
After measuring the massive catch, the halibut was safely released back into the water, as is normal practice for Paul on his catch-and-release fishing tours.