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Monster salmon netted in Norway weighs in at 82.5lb

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A magnificent salmon weighing 82.5lbs (37.5Kg) was caught a couple of days ago in a commercial bend-net in the Alta Fjord, northern Norway. This is a monster fish even by the river Alta standards. It is interesting that this huge fish was still out at sea at the beginning of July as the large fish do tend to enter the river systems early. Already this year three 50lb+ salmon have been caught in the river and of course two by females! One was hooked by 15 year old Katrine Opgård and another by Mollie Fitzgerald the owner of Frontiers International the well known fly-fishing travel company.


A magnificent salmon weighing 82.5lbs (37.5Kg) was caught a couple of days ago in a commercial bend-net in the Alta Fjord, northern Norway. This is a monster fish even by the river Alta standards. It is interesting that this huge fish was still out at sea at the beginning of July as the large fish do tend to enter the river systems early. Already this year three 50lb+ salmon have been caught in the river and of course two by females! One was hooked by 15 year old Katrine Opgård and another by Mollie Fitzgerald the owner of Frontiers International the well known fly-fishing travel company.

60lb salmon from the Namsen
At a mere 60lb this salmon from the Namsen though 4ft 8in long would have been bullied by the Alta 82lb-er!

The Altaposten Newspaper reported the net catch by Egil Olai Bårdsen (79) and Dagfinn Nicolaysen (75) from Breivikbotn in the county of Finnmark and reported that Mr Nicolaysen said it tasted poor. The flesh was too coarse and has now been sent for smoking. We have heard that a local fishmonger didn't want it as it was too big and knew it would be poor eating.

Even Ivar Leinan, the Director of the Alta River Association, was not too troubled by its loss to the nets. He said it was almost certainly too big to land if hooked and he thinks that these big cock fish are probably nothing but trouble on the redds as they are so aggressive and spend most of their time chasing away other males rather than getting down to business.

Still, it would have been nice for scientists to have been able to study this fish. Perhaps some scientific institute should have first refusal when these incredible creatures are netted?  Wouldn't it be even better if this fish was radio tagged, returned and monitored? Is it not time to pay netsmen to do this? .... Ed.







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