Erik Axner, a 24-year-old Swedish fisherman, was on a fishing trip with friends in the waters near Norway's Lofoten Islands when he caught a seven-foot-long halibut weighing 222 pounds.
Axner, who fought the fish for more than an hour before subduing it, had to get in the water just to take a photo with the enormous sea creature. He then released the fish back into the wild.
“It could have been a five-kilogram fish [approximately 11 pounds] when the float went down, but when I set the hook I knew it was big,” Axner told The Daily Mail. “The fish was so powerful that it took me an hour to get the better of it. By the time I got the fish to the boat my arms were aching and my back was pretty tired as well.”
A 513-pound halibut is believed to be the largest such fish ever caught, so Axner didn’t break any records, but that’s still pretty exciting for a casual fishing trip with a few friends.