Chris Rushton, from Wiltshire, with his octopus catch while he was on a day off during a work trip to Jersey. See SWNS story SWBRoctopus. A fisherman was stunned at hauling in a huge common octopus with suckers as big as 50p pieces off the British coast. Chris Rushton caught the giant 18lbs tentacled creature three miles off the coast of Jersey during a work trip. He was on board the charter vessel Anna III as it had travelled past Corbière and said everyone was 'wowed' when it ended up on board. The creatures used to be very prolific in the mid to late 60's but mostly died out due to a very severe cold winter in 1962/63.