Frank Stroud of Virginia hoists the 60-pound salmon he caught in the Cook Inlet, near the mouth of the Kenai River on Monday.
Photo submitted by Tim Berg
The inviting weather and a 60-pound king salmon hosted a Virginia man on a day of firsts this weekend, as his first salmon fishing trip landed him his first salmon and first trophy certificate.
“I really didn’t know what I had until I got it on the boat,” said Frank Stroud, of Norfolk, Va., who came to Alaska with two fishing buddies on Sunday for a fishing adventure.
The 60-pound salmon measured 50 inches long, 30.75 inches around and won the first trophy fish certificate awarded for a salmon so far this season, according to the regional office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Stroud caught the fish just 30 yards from shore in only nine feet of water on a trip booked with Tim Berg’s Alaskan Adventures.
The fish was the third Stroud hooked on Monday morning, but the first he landed.
His battle with the fish happened in Cook Inlet near the mouth of the Kenai River.
Stroud said the biggest fish he ever caught was a tuna, but that no previous fish had put up as big of a fight as the 60-pound salmon.
“We thought we were going to loose him a couple of times,” he said. “I was holding my breath a couple of times ... I said this thing’s tiring me out more than the tuna.”
Stroud said he thought he had fought the salmon for 20 minutes, but was not sure.
“Time flies when you’re having fun,” he said.
Stroud plans to split the fish with his two companions and the three of them may have a big celebratory grill-out when they return to Virginia.
In Virginia, Stroud usually likes to grill, blacken or pan fry his fish, but with all of the salmon he and his friends now have to eat, Stroud might look for a couple of additional recipes to take home from Alaska, he said.
“There’s lots of plans for that fish,” he said.
The State Of Alaska a-wards a trophy certificate to any angler who lands a king salmon over 50 pounds on any waters in the State of Alaska other than the Kenai River, where kings need to be 75 pounds to be considered trophy size.
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