Patrick Rogan caught a 64lb halibut off the coast of Hartlepool. Patrick, a senior construction manager from the town, was fishing with his brothers Sean and Craig on their family boat when he made the incredible catch. He has since called a number of tackle shops, and believes it is the biggest fish which has ever been recorded as caught off Hartlepool. Patrick, 34, said: “While drifting back over the productive area, I felt like I had hooked the bottom. It wasn’t until the line began to start stripping from my reel that I realised I’d hooked something other than our targeted species. For 20 minutes, I struggled to gain any line back on my reel, when eventually I got the fish to begin to tire. “I’d managed to pull it from the 160ft bottom below to around 60ft from the boat, when the fish decided it wanted to return back to the bottom, which led to another 20-minute battle which felt like it lasted two hours. When the fish finally surfaced, we were all in shock at the sheer size.