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World record halibut: German fisherman catches 515 pound halibut

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World record halibut: German fisherman catches 515 pound halibut

A world record halibut has been caught in Norway by Marco Liebenow. AOL Travel reports on Aug. 16 that the German fisherman captured a halibut weighing 515 pounds. Liebenow required the help of three people to reel the giant fish in and did not have room for it on his boat.

A German fisherman has broken the world halibut record with a 515-pound fish. Marco Liebenow was fishing in Norway with a rod and line, and he claims he thought he hooked a submarine at first. The fisherman quickly discovered he had found a giant halibut and needed the assistance of three other people on his boat. After 90 minutes of struggling, the group realized the 9-foot fish would not fit on the boat, so they tied its tail and dragged it to the shore. A crane had to be used to weigh and carry the fish.

Marco Liebenow has reached out to the International Game Fishing Association to verify his claim of catching the world’s biggest Atlantic halibut and is waiting for a reply. He hopes to replace the current record holder with his enormous catch. Since he was part of the Angelreisen Hamburg fishing tour at the time of the catch, the company has shared the story on its official Facebook page. Liebenow has already donated the fish to a dealer in Norway. It is possible for Atlantic halibut to reach more than 15 feet and 700 pounds.

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