Colo. man gets 337-pounder in Alaska halibut derby

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A Colorado man hauled in a 337-pound halibut that is easily the biggest catch in southcentral Alaska this season.

The Anchorage Daily News reported that Aaron Buscher of Conifer, Colo., landed the largest halibut brought to dock in Seward in years.

The newspaper said Buscher landed the halibut with a 17-ounce Youngquist lead head jig and a white 8-inch Berkley Power Bait Grub lure.

It took 45 minutes for Buscher to haul the 7-foot, 4-inch fish from the waters of Resurrection Bay on Monday.

Buscher used 50-pound test braided line and a Penn Torque 10 reel mounted to a 7-foot Penn Torque rod.

Weighed on a certified scale in Seward, the fish gives Seward the largest derby fish caught in southcentral. A 248-pounder leads the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

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