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Fishmonger receives whopping six-foot, 266-pound halibut

The monster catch has now been filleted into 450 portions and will be sold to restaurants around the capital, as well as in the shop.

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Fishmonger Jimmy Mac, who is about 5ft 10in, pictured alongside the six-foot halibut. (Clare Welch via SWNS)

By Ellie Forbes via SWNS

A fishmonger took delivery of this whopping six-foot halibut - which tipped the scales at 121kg (266 lb).

Clare Welch, 33, got the mammoth catch on July 6 and said it took four guys to lift the fish at Welch Fishmongers in Edinburgh.

It was caught in the North Sea on July 4 and taken to Peterhead where Clare bought it from, before being transported to Edinburgh the next day.

Fishmonger Jimmy Mac, who is about 5ft 10in, was pictured alongside the whopper to give an idea of the sheer scale of it.

The monster catch has now been filleted into 450 portions and will be sold to restaurants around the capital, as well as in the shop.

Fishmonger Jimmy Mac, who is about 5ft 10in, pictured alongside the six-foot halibut. (Clare Welch via SWNS)

Clare, whose family owns the business, said: “It’s the biggest halibut I have ever seen come in.

“It’s quite a feat to think about how they even got a fish that size on the boat.

“It was caught in the North Sea and landed in Peterhead on Monday.

“Everyone was so impressed and excited by it – it was amazing to see one that size.

“It took four guys to get it up on the bench and they were knackered after it.

“With a big fish like that you are never sure how to tackle it so we all had a ten minute discussion to see how best to fillet it.

“It made about 450 fillets, which is loads.

“We’ll sell it in the shop and to restaurants around Edinburgh who we supply halibut too.

“It was a great novelty for a Wednesday morning.”

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