A fishmonger has described buying a ‘dumb’ cod at the Grimsby fish market this week. The cod weighed 50 kilos and was bought by Nathan Godley, 48, owner of Premier Seafoods on Riby Street.
It’s the biggest fish he’s bought at Grimsby market. And he was even bigger than the skipper who caught the fish, a man named Jon Valgeirsson, aboard an Icelandic boat called The Bergey.
It was caught in the North Atlantic Ocean on Monday April 4th. Nathan says he’s never bought such a big fish before. He was “very surprised” when he saw her at the market.
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He said: “Never in my life have I bought such a big one in my whole life around this size. It was a beast.
“I would say it’s the biggest I’ve ever bought. So I was very surprised to see it.
“The only fish I’ve ever bought at nearly 33kg is halibut. It was huge for a cod when I bought it at Grimsby’s fresh fish auction on Monday.
“The fish cost £165 in total. My other purchases of cod that day were just £3.50 a kilo and each would have only cost around £10 each, so that was a huge difference.
“Once filleted, we got 17 kilos of the best fillet. As usual with the majority of fish, you get a 50% yield, which means half (head, bones, tail) goes into the fish offal tray and the other half is the fillets you sell.
“I sold it to my customers in my shop on Tuesday and Wednesday and it was a big hit with my customers.”
The Grimsby-born man says he bought the fish because it was “good for the business”. And Nathan thinks it’s been good for his reputation by getting people talking about it.
He said: “I bought it because we have a good social media presence and radio stations like Radio Humberside, Look North and you pick up those things. It’s good for business and ultimately I sell a lot of It wasn’t like I was buying something I couldn’t make money for.
“Getting talked about and noticed doesn’t hurt the business. All Monday, she sat on a pallet in the store for customers to gasp. They took lots of pictures of it.
Nathan explains the fish entry process North East Lincolnshire and the importance of industry to Grimsby. He said: “All fish from each daily auction in Grimsby are first landed in Norway or Iceland to be sorted by species, size and quality.
“The Grimsby officers then buy the fish. It is then put on a container ferry to Immingham.
“It is then taken to Grimsby where every night the market attendants put it in 50 kilo boxes which we traders can buy at 7am.
“It is then processed in Grimsby and sent around the country. 75% of all fish consumed in the UK is processed in Grimsby.”
Nathan then took some of the fish to his parents for a fish supper. They made a coconut, chilli, and lime dish out of the “dumb” fish.
He said, “It was delicious. Probably the best I’ve had in a while.”