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July 21, 2011

Woman Lands 335 lb. Halibut on Her First Fishing Trip, Wins $15K

By Chad Love

Here's one from the "That's One Helluva Fish!" files. A New Mexico woman on her first-ever fishing trip managed to land an NFL lineman-sized halibut in Alaska and win a cool 15 grand in the process...

From this story on newsminer.com:
As a truck driver working for Osborne Construction in Fairbanks, Annette Gutierrez doesn’t get much time off. She works 12-hour days, seven days a week. But when Gutierrez and her fiance, Steve Perkins, who works the same schedule as a heavy equipment operator for Osborne, got a few days off earlier this month, they decided to take a trip to Valdez to go halibut fishing with Perkins’ hunting buddy, Mike Chambers, who has his own boat.
“We had a few days off and we almost never have days off so we decided to go fishing,” said the 47-year-old Gutierrez, who is working on a project at Eielson Air Force Base. What transpired on the trip is the stuff of fairy tales. Gutierrez, who had never gone fishing in her life, caught a 335.7-pound halibut on July 2 that likely will win her the $15,000 top prize in the Valdez Halibut Derby. “It was insane to get such a very big fish my first time,” Gutierrez said. The fish was 87 1/2 inches long, almost two feet taller than the 5-foot,6-inch Gutierrez. It is 142.3 pounds bigger than the fish it displaced atop the leader board.

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Lots of fish steaks from that one!

How much to mount one of those?

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from santa wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I have always said that the sport of fishing is an art requiring plenty of practice to get good. BUT ALL THE PRACTICE AND PLANNING IN THE WORLD CAN NOT TRUMP BEGINNER'S LUCK.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

WOW!!!!

I saw a picture in Kodiak, Ak of a halibut taken in a net in the early 1900's that weighed 625 pounds! It was the largest halibut ever recorded. The tackle record is about 425 pounds! This fish is nothing to sneeze at!!! Congrats, Annette!!!

Bubba

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from jbird wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I agree on the WOW! What a story! Catch a fish of a lifetime and win 15 grand!

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from badsmerf wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Thats a monster! My uncle had one on once that was huge, but it snapped the steel leader we had on and we never got to see it!

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from turkeycreek91 wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

just like a woman never been fishin before and catches a massive fish and possible win $15000 i want that kinda luck

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from Greenhead wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Amazing fish! Having fished out of Valdez a lot and caught a few in the 100 pound range, Ms. Gutierrez must be one tough woman. I have seen the boat ride alone make plenty of fisherpersons beg for shore, not to mention the strength needed to haul a brute like that in. Congrats!

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from Greenhead wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Amazing fish! Having fished out of Valdez a lot and caught a few in the 100 pound range, Ms. Gutierrez must be one tough woman. I have seen the boat ride alone make plenty of fisherpersons beg for shore, not to mention the strength needed to haul a brute like that in. Congrats!

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from jbird wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I agree on the WOW! What a story! Catch a fish of a lifetime and win 15 grand!

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from santa wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I have always said that the sport of fishing is an art requiring plenty of practice to get good. BUT ALL THE PRACTICE AND PLANNING IN THE WORLD CAN NOT TRUMP BEGINNER'S LUCK.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

WOW!!!!

I saw a picture in Kodiak, Ak of a halibut taken in a net in the early 1900's that weighed 625 pounds! It was the largest halibut ever recorded. The tackle record is about 425 pounds! This fish is nothing to sneeze at!!! Congrats, Annette!!!

Bubba

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from turkeycreek91 wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

just like a woman never been fishin before and catches a massive fish and possible win $15000 i want that kinda luck

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from ableskeever wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Lots of fish steaks from that one!

How much to mount one of those?

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from badsmerf wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Thats a monster! My uncle had one on once that was huge, but it snapped the steel leader we had on and we never got to see it!

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