WONews READER REPORTS
Reader Report by Steve McInteer, Huntington Beach
I went out of Anaheim Bay last week for my personal-best halibut.
The wife and I were catching a mixed bag when I got the clicker bell. I played tug of war after setting the hook and got a nice 20-pound ’but. While reeling him in, I got a ring on the rod I had set down. So I picked it up slowly, and played tug and let go for a good 5 minutes. I finally felt the weight and set the hook. This was a huge carpet of a ’but, and, of course, on the 12-pound Big Game. After 15 minutes we saw color and… oh no, down to the bottom he went. After a stalemate of 5 minutes or so, I got him to move, and 10 minutes later, he was up to the surface.
Now the problem was my wife telling me to let the fish go, to which I replied, “Okay, sweetheart. (Not!)” I asked her to hand me the gaff and she hands me the little tuna hook gaff. She was sweet; I could not have done it without her. “No! No!” I scream. “The big AFTCO gaff!”
Now get this, all the while he is turned nose down with his tail whacking the 12-pound. I was so shook up I missed him twice with the slow glide and stick. But the third time was a charm and I nailed him! Thank God. How that Big Game line held I do not know, but I was very happy. He turned out to be 46¾ inches by 34 1.4 inches. That is 68.55 pounds and 1.5 pounds more than the current record.
In the photo you see me grunting one out with a look of triumph hoisting the monster. Just for scale, I am 6 feet, 3 inches tall and 310 pounds. I did not know where to take him for a record attempt so he went home to join us and the neighborhood for dinner and lunch and dinner. One other thing I am sure of, I will never hear my wife say, “Let him go!” Instead, it will be dinner!
Reader Report by Paul Sabesky, Tehachapi
Eighteen-year-old first time game hunters, Garret Sabesky and Nick Sloan took time out from their training at the Naval Academy in San Diego for pig hunting in Paso Robles, CA. Garret got a 170-pound sow, and Nick is shown next to the jeep with his 180-pound boar.
Reader Report by Steven Osterman, Mammoth Lakes
Steve Osterman from Performance Guide Service in Mammoth Lakes guided Bruce Campbell from San Diego to this nice rainbow on Hot Creek.