Yea, that's a real mystery since the way that jig is used is pretty much a "clean and jerk" style of fishing. Sling the lure into the school, get a bite, yank the fish clean out of the water onto the boat deck behind you. When the claw pressure is off the fish it self releases. Maybe somebody was using is instead of a snagging treble hook by slinging it into some schooling salmon close to shore?Now the question of how did that wind up in alaska
What's it worth?