With two record skate weighing 250lb and 280lb boated off Ireland last week, specimen hunters Steve Younger, Mark Fox, Andy Dickinson and Ian Halls took a trip up to Oban in Scotland to discover just what makes this giant flatfish such a magnificent adversary.
Their session began catching bait fish in the rich waters off the west coast of Scotland - mainly mackerel, of which there were plenty to go at.
Then the charter boat moved off to the skate's feeding zone in the Firth of Lorne, anchored up and the lads set to work baiting their rigs and waited for the skate to hunt the baits down.
They captured plenty of action throughout the trip which is available to view on the video below.
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