Monster catch: A market worker hamming it up with a 200kg grouper at the Cecil Street market in George Town, Penang. The 2.4m-long fish is believed to be the largest grouper caught in Malaysian waters, eclipsing the previous record of 1.8m long and 195kg made in December 2012. — GEORGE CHEAH / The Star
GEORGE TOWN: Fishermen at the Cecil Street market in Penang have set another record, this time netting a 200kg fish measuring 2.4m long.
The latest haul is believed to be the largest catch in Malaysian waters.
The previous record weighed about 195kg and measured 1.8m long, which was also caught by fishermen from the same market in December 2012.
Fish merchant Khor Swee Boon said the grouper was caught in the deep sea in the northern region near Kedah on Monday.
“It’s very rare that you get such a big fish. We were lucky. We caught it around midnight yesterday using trawling nets. It took six men to haul the fish up to our boat,” Khor said.
The fish has been sold to Chew Jetty Ka Bee Cafe owner Chew Kean Ghee for RM11,000.
Chew, who also sells fish head bee hoon in his coffee shop, said he planned to sell a bowl of fresh fish head bee hoon soup for RM20 while the rest of the meat would cost RM15 a bowl.
“The fish can feed about 200 to 300 people,” Chew said.