Uncle Scott & Granddad Paul hoist 11-year-old Tucker Miller's 72 lb. King size catch at Trustworthy Hardware in Soldotna.
The big kings keep on hitting and fishers keep on winning as fish stories and dreams become reality on the greatest sport fishing river in the world. The summer of 2005 will be one to long remember for the Paul Miller family of Soldotna. Paul with his sons Scott and Brian moved the family Soldotna Hardware business to its new location at the corner of South Kobuk St. and the Sterling Highway this spring. Their grand opening more than doubled their highest expectations according to Miller and the run of customers hasn't let up since.
Then Tuesday night things got even better for Paul when his 11-year-old grandson Tucker landed the biggest fish of his life, "It was pretty exciting, we were back bouncing the Big Eddy hole with eggs when it hit the line about 10:00pm at night. I was using a Quantum reel and a G-Loomis heavy weight rod with a 50 pound test line," Tucker told reporters. He said it took him about 20 minutes to land the huge fish and that his arm was getting pretty tired by the time he brought it to the side of the boat where he had a little help netting and bringing the monster aboard. Understandable seeing Tucker himself barely outweighed the 72 pound fish, the girth of which measured in at 35 inches.
Tucker admitted that at times while fighting the giant King and when he first saw the fish he had thoughts that it might be a new world record, but maybe next time. It was the second time Tucker had successfully caught a Kenai King, his first fish weighed a very respectable 66 lbs. "I guess it's in his genes," said Grandpa Paul Miller who intends on having the fish mounted and put on display at the Soldotna Hardware Store with Tucker's name on it. Tucker said the first person he called when he got in was his Dad who was back in Detroit at the All Star baseball game and didn't mind a bit getting the call at nearly 3:00am EST. A true Alaskan, Tucker prefers fishing to watching baseball and is looking forward to going again. Tucker goes to elementary school in Anchorage and is looking forward to telling his friends about his summer fishing adventures and the big one that "Didn't get away!"
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