What happens when the fish you catch is just too big to land? Is this every fisherman’s dream or nightmare? In this article you can find out what happened next.
Angler Eric Axner was fishing from Norway’s Lofoten Islands when he caught the mammoth fish. The 24 year old fought a losing battle to land the monster and finally he jumped into the water so that he could be photographed with the enormous halibut.
The fish was measured at over 7 feet long and the video shows the angler wrestling with it for a long time before finally conceding defeat and jumping into the water with it. Eric said that if such a big fish had been brought into the boat, it may have capsized.
Monster: Erik Axner jumped in the water to take a picture with the 7ft-long halibut which he caught in waters off Norway’s Lofoten Islands
The monster weighed in at a staggering 222 pounds and apparently would have been enough for 250 filleted portions! Most good restaurants would charge about $30 (£25) for a halibut dish so the fish would have netted an amount of about $7,500 (£6,000)!
After posing for snaps, Mr Axner weighed and measured the fish before releasing it back into the wild
The fisherman from Klippan, Sweden said:
“It could have been a 5kg fish when the float went down, but when I set the hook I knew it was big.
The fish was so powerful that it took me an hour to get the better of it. By the time I got the fish to the boat my arms were aching and my back was pretty tired as well.
Such a big fish can’t be brought into the boat for a photo as it will damage it, so we kept it outside the boat.”
Mr Axner added:
“When the fish was secure I went into the water with my drysuit.
I wanted to get some good pictures together with the fish and the only way to do that without harming it was to go into the water together with it.
Being in the water with a fish that size is a powerful experience – it gives you a whole new level of respect for the fish.
After we took some photos we released the fish to fight another day.
It was an unbelievable experience.”