Michael Eisele of Kiel, Germany appears to have broken a 44-year-old record while on a fishing trip to Norway. According to the Daily Mail, Eisele and his fishing party were returning to shore 10 miles off the island of Soroya when his line caught a bite. It was a cod, and Eisele’s sonar told him it was a large one.
“So I concentrated from that moment on,” Eisele said. “It felt like ground contact. I took it very slowly and carefully.”
The fish was in fact so large that the ship’s equipment pinged the cod as not one animal, but two. The battle took slightly over 30 minutes before the anglers were able to haul the catch on board.
“When we saw the fish my knees was starting shaking. It was so big,” the angler recalled. “I needed the help from both boys staying in my boat to get it landed.”