FISHMONGERS stunned Christmas shoppers by unveiling their biggest ever catch – a 30 stone brown grouper.The seven foot whopper, which tips the scales at 192kg, took seven men to reel in and is expected to net sellers £5,000.
It is believed to be the third heaviest fish of its kind to be caught in history.
It was hauled in the Indian Ocean near the Seychelles on Saturday, before being flown over to the UK overnight.
And last night it went on sale to the public at Manchester’s Arndale Market.
Anthony Griffin, of Salford, Greater Manchester, paid £1,000 for the prized catch.
Once the fish is cut up into meat it is expected to sell for more than £5,000.
Speaking from his Direct Fisheries stall, the fishmonger of 28 years added: “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind as we only found we were getting it on Saturday.
After being displayed at the Arndale Market the grouper will be cut up into smaller portions.
The biggest ever grouper ever caught was in Florida in 1961 and weighed 680lbs and the second, weighing in at 436lbs, was caught in the Gulf of Mexico in 1985.
Wholesaler Emerson Taylor, 42, who took delivery of the fish, said: “I get offered a lot of exotic fish but this was something else.
“It’s the biggest I’ve ever seen and by far the biggest we’ve ever had.
“I only heard about it on Sunday and it was on a flight on its way over that day.
“We just couldn’t wait to see it.”
(culled from the Sun)