One that didn't get away.A monster fish which tips the scales at just under 11 stone will provide a feast for more than 100 people this weekend.
Measuring 5ft and thought to be 60-years-old, the hefty halibut halibut: see flatfish.
Any of various flatfishes, especially the Atlantic and Pacific halibuts (genus Hippoglossus, family Pleuronectidae), both of which have eyes and colour on the right side. was caught off the Cornish coast on Wednesday and arrived in South Shields South Shields, city (1991 pop. 86,488), South Tyneside, NE England, at the mouth of the Tyne River. It is a significant port. Shipbuilding and marine engineering are the main industries; chemicals and paints are manufactured. on South Tyneside yesterday.
It took five men to unload the freakish freak·ish
1. Markedly unusual or abnormal; strange: freakish weather; a freakish combination of styles.
2. Relating to or being a freak: a freakish extra toe. flatfish at the Lobster Pot Restaurant on Commercial Road where it will be served up at a birthday party tonight.
Head chef Simon Tennet, 42, who has worked in restaurants in the North-East for 20 years, has never seen such a heavyweight.
He said: "It is a beauty. I couldn't believe it when they rang to say how big it was ( it is the size of an adult or two small children.
"I was head chef at the Fisherman's Wharf on the Quayside quay·side
The area adjacent to a quay or wharf or a system of quays, especially in a port city.
quayside quay n → Kai m for 13 years and we had some whoppers in then but the biggest I have seen to date is 86lbs ( this one is twice as big.
"I was shocked when I saw it but over the moon at the same time. It should serve well over 100 people."
Simon, a father-of-three, who lives and works at the Lobster Pot said: "It's amazing it has escaped being caught for so long. It must be getting close to retirement age."
The fish ( which is about 15 times larger than the average halibut ( will feed 70 at a joint 21st and 79th birthday tonight.
Carl Johnson, of Whiteleas Way, South Shields, is the 23-year-old chef de partie at the Lobster Pot.
Carl said: "It's a monster ( a slippery customer ( but I look forward to working with it. It dwarfs my son Jordan who is only three. He's got a lot of growing to do before he catches up."