The cod, believed to be the largest ever hooked in the North Atlantic and could be 20 years old, was caught in deep water off the northwest coast of Iceland
(Image: Nathan Godley / SWNS)
A record-breaking monster cod has been snatched by punters in a seaside town – it measures the size of a grown man.
The giant sea creature weighs a whopping 51 kg and is almost 180 cm tall.
It was towed by fishermen aboard the trawler Bergey off the coast of Iceland and landed in Grimsby, Lincs on Monday (April 4).
The cod, believed to be the largest ever hooked in the North Atlantic and could be 20 years old, was caught in deep water off the northwest coast of Iceland.
Seafood buyer Nathan Godley bought the prized fish for £165 after hearing a “conspicuous fish” was coming to market through a vendor for the trawler.
Nathan Godley / SWNS)
A few days later, he proudly displayed the prized cod in his Grimsby shop window before selling fillets to lucky locals.
Nathan, CEO of Premier Seafoods and who has been in the fish vending business for 20 years, believes the fish is a record breaker.
He said: “Although difficult to verify, it could be a UK record or a North East Atlantic record. I can’t find anything on the internet that says there was a bigger one.
“Someone actually edited Wikipedia to say how big the Northeast Atlantic cod might get, because it was previously said they can only grow to about 40kg.
“Wikipedia now says they can grow up to 50kg.”
Nathan Godley / SWNS)
Nathan said he first heard a fishing boat crew landed the whopper last Saturday (April 2) when a fish vendor called him ahead of time about the catch.
He said: “The first thing I heard about it was on the phone from the seller who was getting all his fish ready over the weekend to sell on Monday morning.
“And he said there’s a pretty eye-catching fish in the market and would I be interested in buying it?
“I said, ‘Yes, I would definitely do that. That would be something I would be really interested in!’
“So I gave him a pre-bid over the phone for the amount I was willing to pay.”
He learned that the fish had previously been reeled in and caught at a depth of 70 fathoms (128 m) off the Icelandic coast by the crew of the salvor skippered by Jn Valgeirsson.
Nathan Godley / SWNS)
It was then kept fresh on the boat before the crew unloaded it at Grimsby Fish Market on Monday (April 4), where Nathan said it drew a large crowd.
He said: “On Monday morning I came to the market and there he was laid on the ground with large crowds. We had a lot of other fish to buy and sell at first, so that’s what we did.
“Then it was abandoned just before the end. It’s a shout auction where the seller calls out a price and everyone nods their heads and scratches their noses.
“But I won the offer with the one I gave him over the phone two days earlier.”
Nathan said he overpaid for the cod but was tempted by the sheer size of the fish – most weigh just 3kg after gutting.
He said: ‘I was attracted by the freshness but of course it was mainly the size as it is about ten times the size of regular cod.
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“There’s really only one species and that’s halibut, which we get at our fresh fish auction, which is roughly that size.
“Most of the cod I bought that day cost me around £8 – and this one obviously cost me a lot more.”
Nathan said he took the cod back to his shop in Grimsby where he then displayed it on ice for a day, to the delight of local punters.
He said: “We had it on display in the shop on the ice for a whole day on Monday. Lots of people came in and everyone took a picture it seems.
“A lot of people said, ‘Can I have some of this?’ and we said, ‘Not until tomorrow – it’ll be there all day’.
“They wrote their names on it and came back on Tuesday and by then it had been processed very early in the morning.”
He added, “We made sure we had four nice steaks for me and my partner and our daughter and we took them to my mum, who lives around the corner, to eat.”
Nathan said he’s amazed the cod, which he believes could live to be 20 years old, has evaded anglers’ hooks for so long, but hopes to find more record breakers in the future.
He said: “In the middle of the 20th century there was overfishing and that’s when we started to have problems.
“But since then we’ve had quotes and people telling you where you can and can’t fish, so these fish are becoming more common now that all grounds are well managed.
“Hopefully there will be a few more of these.
“But this fish – it could have been about 20 years old – this is a fish that swims around for so long and never gets caught!”
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