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.