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Gargantuan Halibut Bagged in Alaska Won’t Take the World Record, Find Out Why

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A California angler recently caught a halibut of epic proportions in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Alaska.

Angler Jack McGuire bagged the 482-pound halibut near Gustavus, a port town on the Alaskan panhandle.

It’s the largest halibut caught in the Pacific Ocean within the last deceased, according to the Alaska Dispatch News.

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Photo via Alaska Dispatch News.

But McGuire, 77, will not take the sport-fishing world record for the halibut, because it was brought on board with a harpoon instead of a net. The International Game Fish Association bans any tools other than a net or a gaff for landing fish.

Monster-sized halibut like McGuire’s catch have been known to injure anglers and in some cases sink small fishing craft when pulled onboard. McGuire was fishing on a 28-foot fishing vessel.

Believe it or not, this wasn’t the biggest halibut taken in Alaska. In 2003, a halibut that weighed an estimated 533 pounds was caught near St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea.

The world record is a 459-pound halibut caught by angler Jack Travis in 1996 near the Dutch Harbor in western Alaska.

In case you’re interested, McGuire baited the monster fish with chunks of octopus.

Have you ever seen a halibut bigger than this one? 

 

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Gargantuan Halibut Bagged in Alaska Won’t Take the World Record, Find Out Why