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October 08, 2014

IRELAND: caught a record size skate

In this month of October the Irish common skate record has been broken with the capture of an huge  225 lb - 101.9 kg fish.

This big skate was caught by Irishman Billy Wallace who was fishing aboard "Kiwi Girl" during a day trip to a known mark in Donegal Bay, County Sligo.

The huge fish which was taken on a dead coalfish  soaked in Declan’s own fish oil cocktail, was the biggest of a 5 skates haul recorded by the crew.

The weight was estimated using an accepted formula from the wingspan and length measurements before the fish was returned alive, meaning this great catch will never be made official.

The official Irish record was caught back in 1913 off Ballycotton and weighed in at 221 lb - 100 kg.

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