Irish common skate record broken with 225lb fish

The Irish common skate record has been broken with the capture of this 225lb fish.

It was landed by Irishman Billy Wallace who was fishing aboard Declan Kilgannons "Kiwi Girl" during a day trip to a known mark in Donegal Bay, County Sligo. The huge specimen which was taken on a 2lb coalfish deadbait soaked in Declan’s own fish oil cocktail, was the biggest of a five fish 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 Billy’s catch will never be made official. The official Irish record was caught in 1913 off Ballycotton and weighed in at 221lb.

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