10-year-old girl reels in 75-pound king salmon

Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2000

In a competition reminiscent of David and Goliath, a 65-pound, 10-year-old girl caught a 75-pound king salmon near Beaver Creek Hole in the Kenai River around 6:30 Tuesday morning.

Andrea Pass, from Cathedral City, Calif., and her family are spending the week vacationing in Kenai. Her grandfather, who has been fishing in Kenai for 20 years, took Andrea on her first fishing trip Tuesday morning.

About 15 minutes after putting their hooks in the water, Andrea got a bite. The monster on the other end turned out to be a 52-inch, 75-pound king salmon.

"It was great; (Andrea's) aunt had hooked one and lost it about 5 (minutes) after 6 (o'clock)," said Wally Martin, the group's fishing guide from Ron's Alaska Lodge. "She did most of the work by herself, about 90 percent of it."

Martin said the fish was unusually heavy for its length, outweighing Andrea by 10 pounds.

"It was pretty short for how much it weighed." he said. "It's pretty rare. It was a big fish. She did a good job with it."

Andrea reeled the king up to the boat and only needed assistance getting it over the side.

"I was pretty impressed with the size and how much it weighed," she said. "It was really hard. That's why I needed a little bit of help from my grandpa."

Andrea says she is loving her trip to Alaska, enjoys fishing and hopes to come back and do it again.

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