DINERS have had their appetites sharpened thanks to this amazing catch of the day ... a 6ft swordfish.
The species is more familiar in the depths of the Mediterranean and Atlantic than the waters off Whitburn, but was hauled up by fishermen yesterday morning as they were off the coast near Souter Lighthouse.
Now it is being served up to customers of the village’s fish shop, offering chefs the chance to have a fishy on a dishy with a difference.
It was caught by Ian Wakenshaw on the Beverley Ann, a catamaran fishing boat geared up to net wild salmon and sea trout.
He lands his fish at Caley Fisheries, North Shields Fish Quay, and was south of the Tyne, heading towards Whitburn, when he hauled up the fish along with his intended catch. Bosses at Caley Fisheries thought of Robert Latimer straight away, as his shop is a big supporter of local fisherman.
Mr Latimer said: “We are so proud of our local fisherman, they do an amazing job in very hard circumstances – not just wind, wave and tides but also in the politics that surround our industry too.
“This fish is a brilliant example of the unexpected from our local shores.
“The swordfish would have been following the mackerel and salmon on their summer migration.
“This year, we’ve also had local tuna fish landed too.
“This fish will make beautiful eating, perfect on the barbecue, and a good marinade would be lemon, coriander and chilli.
“I was just expecting 200 lobsters and half a tonne of crab, herring, mackerel, squid, hake and ling in the back of my van – the swordfish is a nice surprise.”
Latimers are challenging customers to guess the weight of the swordfish on its Facebook and Twitter pages.
Last August, the shop in Bents Road took delivery of a 7ft porbeagle shark to serve to customers after it was caught in the North Sea.