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Wed., Aug. 24, 2011, 2:14 p.m.

Monster chinook caught, released off Vancouver Island

Queen Charlotte Lodge guide Derek Poitras releases an 84 pound king salmon off the northern coast of Vancouver Island. (Queen Charlotte Lodge)
Queen Charlotte Lodge guide Derek Poitras releases an 84 pound king salmon off the northern coast of Vancouver Island. (Queen Charlotte Lodge)

SALMON FISHING -- A salmon big enough to feed the Seattle Seahawks was caught and released off the Queen Charlotte Islands last weekend.

Chris Lewis broke the Queen Charlotte Lodge's 10-year-old record with a king that topped 84 pounds on Saturday.

Lewis was fishing with lodge guide Derek Poitras along the kelp beds just east of Klashwun Point when both rods went off in a matter of seconds, according to the lodge's website.

While Lewis played his fish, fishing partner Stephen Mason played and boated a hefty 31 pound king.

After a half-hour battle -- the guides recognized quickly by the "shoulders" that the fish as extraordinary -- the chinook was measured at 51.5-inches long, 35-inches in girth for a for a score of 84.12 pounds.

It was photographed, appreciated, and released.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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