Michael Eisele just became the envy of every fish-and-chip franchise in Great Britain. According to a story from the New York Daily News, the 44 year-old resident of Kiel, Germany, recently caught a huge cod off the coast of Norway that weighed an incredible 103 pounds–about five pounds heavier than the current International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) all tackle cod record (a 98 pound fish caught near New Hampshire in 1969). It’s also the first known cod caught with rod-and-reel to break the 100-pound mark.
According to the Daily News, Eisele said he hooked the fish about 10 miles off Soroya Island in 90 feet of water, and the battle with the five-foot fish lasted 30 minutes.
“I saw two red dots on the sonar-screen and it looked like a big one. So I concentrated from that moment on. It felt like ground contact. I took it very slowly and carefully. It took me more than half an hour to get the fish up. When we saw the fish my knees was starting shaking. It was so big … It was an indescribable feeling. It was fish of a lifetime.”
It will take some time for the IGFA to process the application before Eisele’s name can officially land in the record books.
Keep a lookout for more details on this amazing catch!