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article imageGerman fisherman lands gigantic halibut off Norwegian coast

By Leigh Goessl     May 28, 2013 in Odd News
A German fisherman had a whopper of a true tale to tell recently after he pulled a gigantic fish out of the Barents Sea, off the Norwegian coast.
Christian Johannsen, of North Friesland, Germany, was fishing in the Barents Sea in Norway. While casting his line, he made the "catch of his life", according to The Local.
His wife reportedly asked him to bring back halibut, and it looks like she's going to get what she wanted and more.
The 45-year-old fisherman battled for four hours trying to pull the giant fish in. He finally did, with the help of two friends. Once it was weighed, the fisherman learned he caught a 440-pound (200 kilos) fish. Its length was about 8 feet long (2.5 meters).
“Every fisher dreams about this, it’s like winning the lottery,” said Johannsen.
Over to Anchorage, Alaska, an angler recently caught a 97-pound halibut fish. Further south, Brad Hole caught an 80-pound halibut earlier in May when fishing off the U.S. northwestern coast. While his is nowhere near the size of Johannsen's fish, Hole did make his catch from a kayak, according to the Seattle Times.
According to a 2011 Daily Mail piece, a record was set when a 540-pound (245 kilograms) halibut was caught. That fish was also caught in Norway.
As for Johannsens's halibut, his catch was carved up and distributed. And his wife reportedly got what she wanted.
Note: The halibut image accompanying this article is not the one in the story.
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