Kayaker snares 90-pound halibut

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2003

KETCHIKAN (AP) Catching a 90-pound halibut in a 14-foot kayak can lead to quite a ride, says Howard McKim.

McKim was fishing from his kayak early Tuesday when he hooked the halibut near the northern end of the Tongass Narrows.

''It's a serious adrenaline rush,'' he said. ''I'm was shaking for long time on that one.''

McKim's fishing trip started at about 3 a.m. Tuesday when he paddled out aboard a sit-on-top kayak equipped with a fish finder and rod holders. After crossing Tongass Narrows, he began fishing for halibut in about 130 feet of water.

The halibut hit at about 7 a.m. It towed the kayak for several hundred yards at the pace of a fast paddle, said McKim. Then it dove ''straight for the bottom.''

McKim took about one-half hour to bring the 60-inch fish up to the kayak. He gaffed it, knocked it out, and eventually got it on the kayak's deck.

''There's just no better way to catch fish,'' he said later Tuesday morning.

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