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Imagine the excitement of the three friends in Hong Kong who went fishing one day last week and hooked the catch of a lifetime – a giant yellow croaker that was 5-1/2-feet long and weighed 187 pounds. The fish, also known as a bahaba, is believed to be the largest caught there in 10 years. The anglers may not have known that at the time, but they recognized it was rare enough that pictures should be taken once the 90-minute struggle to reel it in was over. So, one of them – a housewife presumably about 5 feet tall – lay beside it on the dock while her colleagues recorded the moment for posterity. But what to do with such a haul? After all, it was far too big to carry home. Solution: divide up the $2,560 that another fisherman offered for the catch and consider that they'd hit the jackpot. One hopes, however, that the friends don't read the Chinese-language Apple Daily newspaper, because it reported that the buyer had a better sense of the fish's worth and resold it to a seafood house for $74,400. Even he, though, ended up with relatively small change since the manager of the eatery contacted a seafood broker on the Chinese mainland and hammered out a deal that upped the stakes to $126,000. Giant yellow croakers have been fished to near-extinction because they're prized in China for their bladders, which are considered a delicacy.

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