160-pound Halibut Caught off Gloucester, MA

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160-pound Halibut Caught off Gloucester, MA

The 161-pound halibut caught with the Gloucester Fleet back in June. Photo: Captain Jason Landon“I never planned on catching that fish in the first

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The 161-pound halibut caught with the Gloucester Fleet back in June. Photo: Captain Jason Landon

“I never planned on catching that fish in the first place, even in my wildest dreams.” said Capt. Michael Mann of Gloucester Fleet Deep Sea Fishing and Charters. On June 12, 2022, he landed an astonishingly large Atlantic Halibut on rod and reel. The fish tipped a local lobsterman’s scale at 161.5 pounds and was measured to be 72 inches long. The sheer size of this halibut is not the only facet that makes this catch unlikely, however.

Late on the night of June 11, Capt. Mann and crew prepped the boat for one of their popular overnight excursions to Fippennies Ledge. Born out of Covid-19 passenger restrictions, these trips allow 13 anglers to board the 70-foot “Lady Sea” in hopes of filling their freezers with pollock and haddock. The charter begins at 11pm, when Capt. Mann begins his 6 hours of navigation away from Gloucester towards the ledge, 65 miles into the “wide open ocean.” Upon arrival, anglers dropped baits alongside the edges of Fippennies sandy plateau, reeling up haddock and pollack.

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