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Angler Catches Largest Fish Ever Caught From British Shores [PICS]

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This massive skate fish is the largest fish ever caught from British shores.

British angler Daniel Bennett recently caught an enormous skate fish on a rod and reel while fishing on the coast of the Isle of Sky in northern Scotland.

Bennett, 26, spent nearly two hours reeling in the 208-pound skate.

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“The key to catching the fish was having a lot of patience,” Bennett told the Mirror. “My back is absolutely killing me now though.” 

A spokesperson for the British Record Fish Committee has confirmed Bennett’s catch is the largest fish on it’s current record lists.

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Image via mirror.co.uk

“Once we receive pictures from Dan we will pass them on to our scientist who will check the images and hopefully confirm the unofficial record,” said BRFC spokesman Nick Simmonds. 

The record skate fish measured 88.25 inches long by 66.75 inches wide. Bennett caught the beast with a half fillet of mackerel as bait. Skate fish are rare and protected species, so Bennett released it back into the sea after catching it.

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Image via mirror.co.uk

Bennett said his catch was especially rare for where it was caught.

“West Scotland is known for skate fishing but not Skye. We were the first to catch one there for at least 30 or 40 years.” 

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Angler Catches Largest Fish Ever Caught From British Shores [PICS]