Another Icy Straits fish. Buddy at work told me of a guy who landed a 28-pounder a few weeks before the Derby. They weighed it, then gutted it and put it in the box. They had no clue was the record was until he told them.
Record Coho caught by California man at White Stone Harbor
There's a new record Coho catch for the State of Alaska.
The monster Coho was caught at White Stone Harbor in Southeast Alaska.
We spoke with Bob Piorkowski who is the Fish Resource Permit and Trophy Fish Programs Coordinator in the Department of Fish and Game.
He says he received a call Tuesday that a large coho had been caught in Icy Strait.
The official weight ended up being 26 pounds and 11 ounces.
Piorkowski says that surpasses the previous record of 26 pounds that was caught in the same area in 1976.
The lucky angler is Steve Atkinson of Huntington Beach, California.
They had two hand scales at White Stone Harbor that had the fish weight at 27 pounds. They knew the state record was 26 pounds so they chartered an aircraft in order to get it on the official scale at Jerry's Meats in Juneau as soon as possible.
Piorkowski says he'll be issuing Atkinson a trophy fish certificate.
The coho would have won last weekend's derby. The winner is a 24.8 pound King.
But, of course, it was caught two days after the derby and White Stone Harbor is outside of the derby boundaries.