Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson has been a Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993, before which, for 13 years, he held the same position at the Pioneer Press. He enjoys casting and shooting. Dogs, too, and horses. Also kids and, occasionally, crusading in his column for improved conservation.

Think muskies are big? Try a 513-pound halibut

Posted by: Dennis Anderson under Fishing Updated: August 20, 2013 - 4:12 PM

Norway is a land of midnight sun — and big fish.

Marco Liebenow, a German angler, recently caught a halibut off the Norway coast that weighed 513 pounds, according to a report in Outdoor Hub, an online aggregator of hunting, fishing, shooting and related news.

Liebenow fought the fish for nearly 90 minutes from his small boat near Kjollefjord, Norway, according to The Daily Mail newspaper.

It's possible the big halibut will displace the previous rod-and-reel record of 419 pounds held for Atlantic halibut.

Four men were needed to attach a sling around the fish’s tail and tow it to shore. There, the anglers employed a crane to haul the halibut out of the water. The meat was distributed among the anglers and donated to charity.

In May, another German angler fishing in Norwegian waters also made a potential world record catch. Michael Eisele’s staggering 103-pound cod outweighed the previous record by five pounds.

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