A fishmonger has taken delivery of this ‘monster’ catch – a massive halibut weighing more than 21st.
Jamie Barrett, owner of Marple Fishmongers and the The Fisherman’s Table seafood restaurant in Marple, Stockport, took delivery of the huge fish on Tuesday morning.
Tipping the scales at more than 134kg and measuring more than 9ft, Jamie says it’s the ‘biggest fish I’ve ever laid hands on’ in 22 years in the trade.
He said: “It’s a monster, a proper specimen.”
It was caught in the North Sea off the coast of Peterhead in Scotland on Friday.
Jamie bought it at Fleetwood fish market for £2,000 and once filleted says it will provide about 1,000 portions.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News Jamie said he was planning to put it on the specials board in the restaurant on Tuesday lunchtime.
He added: “I’ll take the head off first.
“They have really big cheeks, which is a really succulent part of the fish.
“Then I’ll cut the rest up into 10 really big fillets, which I’ll sell on.
“It’ll be going in the shop and out to our wholesale customers and it’ll be on the specials board at the restaurant today.
“Halibut is a very prized fish. It’s going to be a big hit with the customers.”
Although it’s a whopper Jamie’s halibut is some way short of the world record catch for the species, which, according to the British Sea Fishing website, is a 418lb 13oz halibut caught at Vannaya Troms in Norway in 2004.
Jamie, who makes the 150 mile trip from his home in Fleetwood to Stockport every day, says the shop has been open throughout the pandemic and been ‘really busy’.
And he says the government’s Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme has given a big boost to the restaurant trade, with 45 reservations made for Tuesday lunchtime and 85 for Tuesday evening.