189lb skate caught off Irish coast

Dutch angler Cornelius Plomp made the long trip to Northern Ireland in the hope of enjoying some rod-bending action, but got more than he bargained for when he landed this huge 189lb common skate.

After booking a trip aboard the Predator II charter boat, he was taken to a deep trench in the Red Bay off the coast of Northern Ireland which has a history of producing big rays.

A trio of other large skate were also landed during the same week by Cornelius, who said: “I’ve done a lot of fishing in my lifetime but this is a trip I’ll never forget.”