You can read the entire account of this encounter with a sea serpent and see more photos@ www.bloodydecks.com
Robbie Hammond of Discovery Bay, CA poses here with the largest lingcod ever caught on rod and reel.
Hammond caught the beast in the Gulf of Alaska while fishing with Capt. Steve Smith of Capt. Steve’s Fishing Lodge.
The ling tipped the scales to 82 pounds, 6 ounces and beat the previous record by about a pound.
The story of the catch may even be more impressive than the fish itself. Capt. Smith said that Hammond, his dad and a group of friends were fishing the first week of August with him. Early in the morning, they made a stop and everybody dropped the jigs over the side.
They immediately got tied into a triple hook up on heavy fish. Hammond, his dad Allan and one of their buddies, Brent, fought their fish for a half hour. Forty minutes into the battle, Brent’s fish was the first to come to the surface…
It was “just” a 50-pound lingcod.
I know, I know, this bruiser looks like a big B.C. steelhead, but it’s not…it’s actually a Chinook with a cool paint job. Nah, just kidding (though the fish is big enough to be a king). If you can believe it, the beast is a massive Kenai River rainbow! If you’ve ever wanted to try for the rainbow of a lifetime on fluff chucking gear, check out the article by Stacy Corbin in the Summer 2007 issue of Fish & Fly Magazine.
So there we are, Big Fred and me, guiding a saltwater fishing expedition in Northern California when Big Boy gets the bright idea to hook up a chunk of bait on a light spinning outfit…”just for kicks.”
It doesn’t take long for the bait to get eaten…by an alien.
And let me tell you, when hooked on light gear, the extraterrestrial beast put up quite a scrap! Ron Milam, of Rocklin, CA was the man on the stick for the battle, which raged on for a good 36 straight hours. Well, okay, maybe it was more like 20 minutes, but it took a good week for Ron’s fingers to uncramp and straighten out after the encounter.