NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Giant fish weighing more than 67lbs reeled in off Shetland

A Shetland fisherman is celebrating after reeling in a giant fish weighing more than 67lbs (30kg).

James Isbister caught the 6ft-long ling while fishing off Muckle Flugga on Saturday.

Mr Isbister is awaiting confirmation from the relevant authorities of its possible record-breaking status.

The fish is currently being kept in his mother's freezer. "It was a very big fight," he said.

He said he would keep trying to catch an even larger fish.

He told BBC Scotland: "Muckle Flugga is renowned for big fish.

"It took about 20 or 30 minutes.

"I knew it was a big fish but I didn't realise it was that size - I am 6ft 5in and it's as big as me."

Mr Isbister added: "It's in my mum's freezer. We had to make room for it, it fills the whole freezer.

"I am a local celebrity at the moment."

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