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Pictures of a 24 kg (53 lb) big cod fished in Northern Norway

June 17th, 2008 · 41 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I caught a 24 kg (53 lb) heavy cod on a bottom-longline. This is the biggest fish I have caught in years so I was very excited when I dragged the huge fish up from the depth of the ocean.
The head was so big that it alone completely filled a 10 liter (2.5 gallon) bucket.
Here is a close up picture of the cod. If you click the image you can look at the picture in a bigger size.
Picture of a 24 kg (53lb) big cod that I fished in Northern Norway
As I mentioned I used a bottom-longline to catch the cod. A bottom-longline is a long line filled with many hooks that are baited. I used some herring that I caught last year as bait since herring seems to be loved by larger fish. The longline is placed on the bottom of the ocean over night and is dragged with a lot of excitement as you never know what you might catch. I also caught a nice Atlantic halibut and some smaller cods along with the 24 kg cod.
Here is a picture of me, the proud fisherman with orange fishing-trousers, holding the big cod:
Picture of me holding a 24kg (53lb) cod


Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 11-22mm F2.8-3.5
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

Tags: Fish · Fishing · Norway Norwegen Norge · Spring

41 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve // Jun 18, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Oh my – that’s incredible!! You must have been well excited reeling that one in 🙂

    Fantastic story – well done!

    –Steve

  • 2 Elizabeth // Jun 18, 2008 at 3:03 am

    Wow, that is a BIG FISH! Mmm, cod, did you eat it? By the way, Thomas, I gave you an award on my blog, did you see it? The link is http://table4five.net/2008/06/15/the-arte-y-pico-award/ :+)

  • 3 Thomas Laupstad // Jun 18, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Ate some parts of it and salted the rest for later dinners 🙂

    Thanks a lot for the reward! Almost missed it as the stupid spam filter caught your comment.

  • 4 Bong (JB) // Jun 18, 2008 at 9:48 am

    That’s a pretty impressive fish. 🙂

  • 5 Geir // Jun 18, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Good thing that you got it first…

  • 6 Kate // Jun 18, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    That’s one hell of a fish!

  • 7 Claire // Jun 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Bloomin heck! Thats a rather large fish 🙂

    Very nice trousers 🙂

  • 8 Zoroaster7 // Jun 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Really lovin those orange pants, hey and the fish looks really good next to them..i know you had a blast pullin that baby in!! Happy eatting!

  • 9 The Right Blue // Jun 18, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Good grief, Thomas, that sure is a big fish! Looks like quite a few meals on that guy.

    Your orange trousers are beguiling. Maybe you will start a new fashion trend. 😀

    Bobbie

  • 10 Susanne in Charleston // Jun 18, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Congratulations, Thomas! Now you will be no more hungry so quick again…that’s enough food for a while. 🙂

  • 11 2sweetnsaxy // Jun 18, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Now that’s a big fish! I’ve only gone fishing once. Loved casting and reeling in but don’t want to bait the hook or touch the fish. Guess that’s why I wasn’t invited again. 😀

  • 12 Zarquon // Jun 18, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Dude, that fish weighs more then my daughter and dog combined …

  • 13 Faith // Jun 18, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    That’s one impressive catch. A lot of good eating there!

  • 14 RennyBA // Jun 18, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Wow, what a catch – 24 K! Nice pic of you and the fish too – Thanks for sharing.

    Talking about big catch – I was on King Crab Fishing in Kirkenes last weekend 🙂

  • 15 Han Cheng // Jun 19, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Cool! what a big cod you caught!

  • 16 RecycleCindy // Jun 19, 2008 at 2:39 am

    Wow — what a fish and what a catch!

  • 17 Joy // Jun 19, 2008 at 4:11 am

    Now that’s a nice catch!

  • 18 Margaret // Jun 19, 2008 at 9:49 am

    WOW! I’m super impressed! What a fish tale!

    Nice pants, too!

    ê¿ê

  • 19 NateBalcom // Jun 19, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Wow that’s some real fishing. 53 lbs! The salmon we pull out of the lakes and streams in Michigan pale in comparison to that baby you’re holding.

    Wow that must’ve been a blast.

  • 20 Yukiko // Jun 21, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Wow, nice catch! I’m sure you had a great feast as well!

  • 21 Glenna // Jun 27, 2008 at 3:50 am

    Amazing fish–I’ve never caught anything bigger than my hand (threw them back), and I lived on Cape Cod, where you hardly find cod any more…

  • 22 Rick // Jun 29, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Now thats a awesome catch Thomas!! Bet its delicious!

  • 23 Deb // Jun 29, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    That’s a big ass fish! And the orange fishing trousers are hot ; )

  • 24 Beth Ellen // Jun 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Wow! I think he is saying, “HELP!” 😉 Amazing fish.

  • 25 Karen // Jun 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Oh wow! That must have been fun to reel in. Did you eat it?

  • 26 Marie // Jun 30, 2008 at 2:31 am

    oh my goodness, that’s a HUGE cod fish I’ve ever seen!!!

  • 27 Atniz // Jun 30, 2008 at 10:32 am

    congrats on ur catch…its such a big fish….i wish i could get one in my catch one day…hehe

  • 28 afyonblog // Jun 30, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Hi,
    Vow, Nice shot…

  • 29 clifton (belfast) // Jul 2, 2008 at 3:46 am

    cruelty – i throw tiddlers like that back!

  • 30 Justin // Jul 4, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Great catch!

  • 31 BlogAdi // Jul 5, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Woow that’s amazing 😀

    –eat—eat—-eat—

  • 32 auliahazza // Jul 14, 2008 at 4:07 am

    woow, the big fish

  • 33 Kham // Jul 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    OMG that thing is massive!

  • 34 Mitch // Aug 5, 2008 at 12:04 am

    wow big fish. what kind of fish is it?

  • 35 n8 // Aug 5, 2008 at 12:43 am

    So what do I have to do to get on a charter with you? Budget willing I’d love to see what you guys have to offer out that way.

    Always a fan!

    Nate Balcom
    Detroit, MI

  • 36 Joanne // Aug 19, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Wow, very impressive, I am not normally into ‘fishing’. I love cod, we dont get it here in South Africa and the first thing I do when I go to my home country England she get down to the pub and have cod and chips. Is this the same fish? If it is, be a sport and send me some. LOL

  • 37 Sherrie // Aug 30, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Nice catch! You would be arrested for catching him in Newfoundland where I am from!

  • 38 mike // Sep 1, 2008 at 4:10 am

    Hello from New York Tom! That fish is almost half of my weight! Great work there. I have a can of salmon in the refrig still to have one day. I have had cod also I think.

    My montauk blog has been updated big with new digital pictures. Check it one day if you can.

  • 39 rodzi // Sep 13, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Great catch dude! Excellent pics. Hey picture tells a thousand words…

  • 40 MillionEuroMan // Sep 25, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Nice catch! I have to go up north fishing… and experience the midnight sun too!

    🙂

  • 41 earthtoholly // Jan 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Wow! What a beauty! That should make you some good meals for awhile… :o)