Marica smashed the 46 year old record on a fishing trip to Finnmark.
It’s just two weeks left before the World championships in cod fishing in Lofoten, but already anglers in Northern Norway are setting a standard that will be extremely hard to follow.
Sunday, the swede Marica Eriksson from Uddevalla actually set a new world record, when she reeled in a cod weighing 38 kilos (83,7 lbs) from the ice cold waters. The catch was made outside the island of Sørøya in the far north of Norway.
This is the biggest cod caught by a female angler since the last record was set in 1970, according to the newspaper Finnmark Dagblad.
“It's very fun to have caught a big fish like that. I felt it would be a big fish [from the way it was pulling], but I didn't realize it would be that big until we came into the harbour!", Eriksson says to Thelocal.no.
She was on a week-long fishing trip with her father, organized by Nordic Sea Angling, when she caught the beast - only a few minutes after her father had caught an arctic cod weighing over 30 kilos as well.
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“I haven't partied much, I just enjoyed the catch (...) But I am gonna take it to my home and eat it”, Eriksson says.
The cod was caught using a Westin Big Bob 480 grams with the colour Fancy cola, in case you were wondering.
In Norway, Lofoten and Nordland county are mosly associated with the arctic cod, but travelling even further north to Sørøya can be a hot tip if you are really serious about catching big fish. Here, the arctic cod (“skrei”) season has only lasted for two weeks, according to the angler website Hooked.
“The avarage weight of the fish is increasing year by year, and we are really excited to see what this year's results will be. We are having a really good start to the season, with good conditions and a lot of fish. During March and April the weather here is usually unstable, and the conditions can be rough, but when you get to the sea, one or two days are usually enough to catch large fish and sore backs”, says the guide Johan Mikkelsen to Hooked
By the way, the male world record was also set outside Sørøya, when the German Michael Eisele pulled a fish weighing 47 kilos in April 2013.