A 40-minute battle on the water earned angler Mike Gage a 61.5-pound chinook salmon and an entry in the record books. It’s not only the largest registered fish Gage has ever caught, it’s the biggest catch in 30 years for his fishing club, British Columbia’s Tyee Club. Gage told the Campbell River Mirror that his catch was a good start to a good season.
“They’re bigger and fatter this year… This year the fish are predominantly tyee. It looks like it’s starting out to be a good season… We had to dig a hole in the gravel because his tail was on the scale but his head was on the ground and it was absorbing five pounds of weight.”
Photos: Bureau of Land Management (top); OutdoorHub (above)
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