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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Of-fish-ally the largest catch in Malaysian waters

<b>Heavy task:</b> A group of men trying to lift the 195kg grouper at Cecil Street Market in Penang.Heavy task: A group of men trying to lift the 195kg grouper at Cecil Street Market in Penang.
GEORGE TOWN: A 195kg grouper, measuring some 1.8m, was the centre of attraction at Cecil Street Market.
The fish commonly known as “loong tan” was so big that it took seven men to haul it onto the counter of a stall here as some 30 curious onlookers snapped pictures of the animal with their handphones.
It is believed to be the largest catch in Malaysian waters as the previous record was of a 180kg fish caught in 2008 near Pulau Sembilan in the Straits of Malacca.
Student Tan Min Shen, 13, who was at the market with his older brother, said this was the first time he had seen such a big fish.
“At first, I thought that the men were moving a big rock until I realised it was a fish. I was really amazed by its size,” he said.
Fisherman Tan Kah Seng, 38, who claimed to have caught the grouper off the Teluk Bahang coast on Monday night, said the fish was the biggest that he had caught this year.
“It is too heavy for us to hang it up. I think it takes about 35 years for a grouper to grow to such a large size,” he said here yesterday.
Tan, who has been in the industry for over 20 years, said that although he would usually sell such a fish to restaurants, he did not plan to do so this time as the fish was not fresh.
He also claimed to have caught such big fish over 30 times. It was reported in February that a 165kg grouper found its way into Tan's trawling net. In August 2010, Tan also caught a fish weighing 168kg and a 203kg shark.
Credit: The Star