Crab was catch of the day in Belfast Lough

The biggest crab ever caught in Belfast Lough weighed six pounds and had nippers measuring six inches long, according to a report in the Larne Times in 1959.

Despite measuring one foot across its shell, it was netted by James Milliken of Green Street who hauled it to the shore.

It was said to have attracted much attention whilst on display in Charles Hilditch’s fishmonger’s shop at Market Place.

It was bought by a Carrick housewife for five shillings.

Angling was once very popular in the lough with large shoals of mackerel prevalent.

Belfast Lough holds two United Kingdom angling records. In April 1962, hake weighing 25lbs 5oz was caught and in 1985, an angler fish weighing 94lb 12 oz was netted