California man catches 482-pound Pacific halibut

California man catches 482-pound Pacific halibut

A California man made a lifetime achievement in fishing when he caught several hundred pound Pacific halibut while on vacation in Alaska.

The Orange County Register recently reported that Santa Ana's 76-year-old Jack McGuire caught a 482-pound halibut, which made him to struggle a lot for around 40 minutes before getting reeled in.

The giant fish continued to fight in order to escape as the experienced fisherman kept on cranking the reel on his fishing pole, holding on tight to thwart the underwater beast's efforts.

Even Captain Rye Phillips, who has seen a lot of fish, was surprised at the size of the fish. He described it as 'monster'. The captain had to shot the fish to stop it from flopping around and hurting someone on the boat.

Speaking about his big catch, McGuire said, "The moment I set the hook I hollered, 'I got a big one!' We get in the back of the boat and we get in this battle. All of a sudden he (Phillips) said, 'Oh my god. This is a monster."

The catch was big enough to outweigh the 459-pound Pacific halibut that was caught in Alaska in 1996. But, the new catch failed to break the world record, which is still with the 459-pound Pacific halibut of 1996.

The new halibut catch was not considered as the biggest catch as it failed to meet International Game Fish Association's rules. It was shot, and then harpooned before being brought aboard the boat. That was why it disqualified from being considered for a world record.

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