It’s Codzilla! Fishmonger left stunned by giant 6ft halibut weighing 12-stone which was caught in the North Sea
A fishmonger was left stunned after he took delivery of a giant-sized 6ft halibut that tipped the scales at 12-stone.
Campbell Mickel, 50, from Edinburgh, got the mammoth fish on Saturday and said it took four men to haul the halibut on the window display at his fish market.
The giant fish was caught in the North Sea and taken to Peterhead Fish Market where Mr Mickel bought it last week.
It arrived at his fishmongers, Eddie’s Seafood Market in Edinburgh, at the weekend and dwarfed the regular-sized halibut which typically weighs between 10-14kg.
The monster catch has now been filleted and sold to restaurants around Edinburgh and Mr Mickel said he is delighted to see that fish that size can still exist.
Campbell Mickel, 50, who got the 6ft halibut weighing 12-stone on Saturday, shared a picture of the mammoth fish alongside fellow fishmonger William Ronald Elliot (pictured)
Mr Mickel, who also owns the Merienda Restaurant in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, later shared a picture of the mammoth halibut alongside fellow fishmonger William Ronald Elliot to give an idea of the sheer scale of the fish.
He said: ‘It’s a beast and it wasn’t cheap that’s for sure.
‘It was wrapped up after I bought it and shipped to me on two pallets.
‘In my younger years as a chef we would get halibut in twice the size of this one.
‘When I worked in Rafaelli in the ’80s, we used to get halibut this size every couple of weeks, they were ten a penny.
‘But I am new to being a fishmonger, I only took it up less than a year ago, so it’s the biggest fish I have had in the market.
‘The hardest part was getting it into the shop window on display.
‘It took four men to get it up there, it’s not the easiest job in the world lifting the dead weight of a 77kg slimy fish. It dwarfed the other halibut next to it.
‘We have filleted it now and started delivering it to our restaurant customers around Edinburgh, so it’s fair to say halibut will be on the menu this week.
The giant fish was caught in the North Sea and taken to Peterhead Fish Market where Mr Mickel bought it last week
‘Everyone is used to small halibut, a regular one weighs between 10-14kg, so this is really special.
‘It’s fantastic new for our seas and oceans to see this size come out.
‘Seaspircy had a lot of valid points about the fishing industry, but it’s amazing that there is still that size of halibut in the sea that has been given the chance to grow to that size.
‘I’m delighted to see that fish this size can still exist.
‘It’s good news for the oceans and I’m looking forward to seeing more that have had the time to thrive and grow – as this one has.’