The crew of the fishing boat Kleifarberg ÓF 2 caught a 258-centimeter long halibut weighing 250 kilos on Thursday. It is among the largest halibuts to have been caught in Icelandic waters.
German tourist Hansel with the giant halibut he caught in 2010. Thursday’s halibut was even bigger. Photo by Reynir Skarsgaard.
“For comparison one can mention that the halibut caught by a German on a sea angling rod in the West Fjords last year was the largest halibut in the world to be caught on a rod—and it was 248 centimeters,” deckhand Trausti Gylfason told visir.is.
Hobby angler Gunther Hansel caught the halibut on a sea angling tour off Bolungarvík and the record was widely reported. He sold his catch at a fish market for more than ISK 450,000 (USD 3,800, EUR 2,800).