An angler who landed a giant skate after a 90-minute struggle says it followed a “classic Jaws moment”.
He said it broke the British record by about 3.6kg (8lb), but it was not official because it was not weighed on a quay or bank.
Clicks of the rod’s reel after a quiet day were the first clues to the fight ahead, but he ended up putting it back.
Mr Griffiths, a fishing book publisher from Sarn, near Newtown, said it took four people to lift the skate onto the fishing vessel Laura Dawn II during a trip with friends and his 12-year-old son William. On the same trip William landed a 51kg (113lb) skate.
He said it was only the second time he had been skate fishing and normally stuck to rivers.
“It was about halfway through the day and I had caught nothing. Then there was a click, click, click of the rod’s reel – it was a classic Jaws moment,” Mr Griffiths said.
“The boat’s skipper Ronnie Campbell told me to put my harness on and standing up I secured the end of the rod into what’s called a butt pad.
“The skate has a suction pad and was stuck to the sea bed 500ft below. After about 30 minutes it was within 100ft of the surface but then decided to go back down – it was a real battle.”
Mr Griffiths did not let his opponent off the hook and after an hour-and-a-half he and three friends lifted the fish onto the boat during their trip on 2 April.
“The fish measured 91in (2.3m) from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail and 71in (1.8m) wide,” added Mr Griffiths.