Monster cod caught!
Article Date: 2013-05-14
"You^re gonna need a bigger boat!"
No-one has caught the shark from Jaws, but Michael Eisele got more than he bargained for last month.
In the Norwegian waters, Mr Eisele, aged 44, hauled in a 5 foot-long cod, weighing 103lbs.
If confirmed by the International Game Fishing Association, it will smash the previous world record of 98lbs 12oz for an Atlantic cod caught off New Hampshire in the United States in 1969.
Historical records claim that cod of 200lbs were once found in the seas, but these days a 10-year-old fish caught in the North Sea weighs between 24lbs and 33lbs on average.
Andrew Crook, treasurer of the National Federation of Fish Friers and owner of two fish and chip shops in Lancashire, calculated that the record-breaking catch would provide 200 portions of fish and chips.
“It would be very meaty," he said. "It might be a bit tougher than normal cod, but it should be edible.”
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