Whitby angler catches record-breaking fish

Daniel Bennett, 26, from Whitby, with his massive catch. Picture: www.whitbyseaanglers.co.uk

Daniel Bennett, 26, from Whitby, top left, with the massive skate. Picture: whitbyseaanglers.co.uk

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A NORTH Yorkshire angler has landed the big one - the largest fish ever caught from the British shoreline.

Daniel Bennett, 26, from Whitby, was on a fishing trip to the Isle of Skye, in the Inner Hebrides, with friends when he caught the 208lb skate.

Mr Bennett said the fish – which took around an hour and 15 minutes to land with rod and line – has created a buzz among the local fishing community and his Facebook page has been inundated with messages.

He said: “I’ve been fishing for about 20 years and have caught some large fish, but never anything like this.

“A group of friends and I go fishing to Scotland every year because we like the different types of fish you can catch there, and have been to Skye for the last couple of years.

“Last year we caught a tope shark which weighed about 45 lbs – it was a shock to catch that from the shore.”

The angler caught the skate - a rare protected fish species similar to a stingray - after it latched onto half a mackerel fillet that he had used as bait.

The catch, which was 88.25 inches long by 66.75 inches wide, is being checked by the British Record Fish Committee, which has rigorous procedures when it comes to the authenticity of claims.

Prior to Mr Bennett's catch, the largest fish caught off British shores was a 159lb skate, which was reeled in on the Isle of Lewis in 1994.

Mr Bennett added: “Before my catch my friend caught one that was about 120 lb. We thought we’d never find one any bigger - but we did an hour later.

“The key to bringing in a fish that size is to be patient. You have to reel it in a bit then let it out slowly when it pulls, and keep going until it gets tired. It is a real adrenaline rush to know you are fighting something really big.”

The British Record Fish Committee has said Mr Bennett’s skate is likely to be a record breaker.

Committee secretary Nick Simmonds said: “Skate are protected so they have to be thrown back. They have to be measured and we estimate its weight.

“The largest skate we currently have on our list is 169 lb from the shore, so Mr Bennett’s fish is considerably larger.

“It is the size we would normally expect to be found further offshore so to know there are skate of this size near the shoreline is excellent news.

“It’s a magnificent fish – I’m glad it is protected and it is nice to know it is back in the sea.”

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1:43pm Wed 23 Jul 14

MrsHoney says...

Weirdoes. Why anyone thinks putting a fish through over an hour of torture is fun beats me. Quote - "It is a real adrenaline rush to know you are fighting something really big". Yeah, bet the skate had a big adrenalin rush too!!
Weirdoes. Why anyone thinks putting a fish through over an hour of torture is fun beats me. Quote - "It is a real adrenaline rush to know you are fighting something really big". Yeah, bet the skate had a big adrenalin rush too!! MrsHoney
  • Score: -8

3:28pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Alf Garnett says...

Poor old fish. They say that no fish dies a good death. Is angling more cruel than trawling ? These are things we don't like to think on too much.
Poor old fish. They say that no fish dies a good death. Is angling more cruel than trawling ? These are things we don't like to think on too much. Alf Garnett
  • Score: -15

5:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

CHISSY1 says...

Well done,i can only catch cold. Obviously the other posters are vegetarians.
Well done,i can only catch cold. Obviously the other posters are vegetarians. CHISSY1
  • Score: 10

8:57pm Wed 23 Jul 14

mrsharpe says...

Well I am sorry to say but these guys have obviously contacted every single paper and tv news programme to get the 5 minutes of fame. It is not the biggest shore caught skate in Scotland as there have been plenty of bigger fish caught and released but not so well broadcast due to the fact that these fish are on the endangered list
Well I am sorry to say but these guys have obviously contacted every single paper and tv news programme to get the 5 minutes of fame. It is not the biggest shore caught skate in Scotland as there have been plenty of bigger fish caught and released but not so well broadcast due to the fact that these fish are on the endangered list mrsharpe
  • Score: -11

9:22pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Meldrew2 says...

Fantastic catch! Take no notice of the veggies - they obviously have nothing better to do than moan about the most participated sport in the UK.
Fantastic catch! Take no notice of the veggies - they obviously have nothing better to do than moan about the most participated sport in the UK. Meldrew2
  • Score: 12

8:40am Thu 24 Jul 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Meldrew2 wrote:
Fantastic catch! Take no notice of the veggies - they obviously have nothing better to do than moan about the most participated sport in the UK.
Umm I thought that was a bold statement. So a quick look on google says that the top most participated sports in the UK for 2013 were. Swimming, Athletics, Football, Cycling and Golf.

source http://www.sportengl
and.org/research/who
-plays-sport/by-spor
t/
[quote][p][bold]Meldrew2[/bold] wrote: Fantastic catch! Take no notice of the veggies - they obviously have nothing better to do than moan about the most participated sport in the UK.[/p][/quote]Umm I thought that was a bold statement. So a quick look on google says that the top most participated sports in the UK for 2013 were. Swimming, Athletics, Football, Cycling and Golf. source http://www.sportengl and.org/research/who -plays-sport/by-spor t/ TheTruthHurts
  • Score: -6

9:01am Thu 24 Jul 14

julia brica says...

I spoke to the lad yesterday and he assured me that after being weighed and measured the fish was gently returned to the sea.
Well done Dan and the rest of the Whitby Bass Fishing Club.
I spoke to the lad yesterday and he assured me that after being weighed and measured the fish was gently returned to the sea. Well done Dan and the rest of the Whitby Bass Fishing Club. julia brica
  • Score: 3

9:05am Thu 24 Jul 14

julia brica says...

mrsharpe wrote:
Well I am sorry to say but these guys have obviously contacted every single paper and tv news programme to get the 5 minutes of fame. It is not the biggest shore caught skate in Scotland as there have been plenty of bigger fish caught and released but not so well broadcast due to the fact that these fish are on the endangered list
They have the tackle shop on church street so let them get some publicity. Wouldn't you ?
[quote][p][bold]mrsharpe[/bold] wrote: Well I am sorry to say but these guys have obviously contacted every single paper and tv news programme to get the 5 minutes of fame. It is not the biggest shore caught skate in Scotland as there have been plenty of bigger fish caught and released but not so well broadcast due to the fact that these fish are on the endangered list[/p][/quote]They have the tackle shop on church street so let them get some publicity. Wouldn't you ? julia brica
  • Score: 2

9:34am Thu 24 Jul 14

MrsHoney says...

Meldrew2 wrote:
Fantastic catch! Take no notice of the veggies - they obviously have nothing better to do than moan about the most participated sport in the UK.
Do you have to be veggie to think that catching fish for sport is wrong?! It's one thing for food but just for the heck of it is disgusting. I'm sure the fish don't think it's much fun. A sport that centres around the abuse of animals should have no place in modern society, how would you like a hook in your mouth and to be struggling for an hour to get away only to be dragged underwater where you can't breath and then tossed away with fingers crossed you don't die from the trauma (if indeed they care at all).
[quote][p][bold]Meldrew2[/bold] wrote: Fantastic catch! Take no notice of the veggies - they obviously have nothing better to do than moan about the most participated sport in the UK.[/p][/quote]Do you have to be veggie to think that catching fish for sport is wrong?! It's one thing for food but just for the heck of it is disgusting. I'm sure the fish don't think it's much fun. A sport that centres around the abuse of animals should have no place in modern society, how would you like a hook in your mouth and to be struggling for an hour to get away only to be dragged underwater where you can't breath and then tossed away with fingers crossed you don't die from the trauma (if indeed they care at all). MrsHoney
  • Score: -5

2:41pm Thu 24 Jul 14

stu3466 says...

oh poor fishy
oh poor fishy stu3466
  • Score: 4

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