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Rare triggerfish caught off Falmouth
12:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in Cornwall
The dish of the day for one Falmouth chef was to be savoured this week, after he speared a rare fish not usually seen in UK waters.
Patrick Weeks, head chef at the Gylly Beach Cafe, caught a triggerfish while spear gun fishing off the reef in the bay, around 20 metres from shore.
Initially he thought it was a bream, only to take a closer look and discover his catch was rather more unusual.
Triggerfish are native to California and have only been spotted in UK waters since 2009.
They tend to only be seen at the end of a hot summer, when the water is warmer.
Patrick said: “I was quite worried it was going to be some endangered species but it’s not, just rare to here. This is the rarest fish I’ve ever caught.”
No chef could resist trying out a new ingredient and Patrick had plans to enjoy his catch at the dinner table, adding: “They’re supposed to be really good eating, so I’m looking forward to it.”
It proved to be a lucky day of fishing for Patrick, who also caught a bass and a John Dory on the same trip.
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