Hoonah man lands 86-pound king

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- An 86-pound king salmon landed by a Hoonah man last week was one of the largest kings ever caught by a sport fisherman in Southeast Alaska.

The fish Frank Lee caught near the Tlingit village's ferry dock measured 50 inches from nose to tail and was 38 inches in girth.

''Everybody fishes their whole life to catch something like this,'' Lee told the Juneau Empire. ''I've been happier than a peacock the last day and a half.''

The world record for a king salmon caught by rod and reel is 97 pounds, 4 ounces, by Lester Anderson of Soldotna on the Kenai River in 1985.

The previous record was held by Howie Miner of Juneau with a fish weighing 93 pounds caught in 1977 near Baranof Island.

Teresa McAllister, the trophy fish program manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the largest king salmon anyone in her office could remember being caught in Southeast was Miner's.

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