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FISHING — Sunfish, the midgets of inland lake fisheries, have won new stature in the saltwater of Washington's Puget Sound.
A mola weighing up to 350 pounds was caught within view of the Seattle skyline on Tuesday night. It took four men to pull the fish aboard a tribal gillnetting boat.
Click “continue reading” for the who, what and why story about this giant sunfish by Mark Yuasa of The Seattle Times.
Update: Tests later indicated the fish was 64 years old, according to an Alaska Fish and Game report..
FISHING — The record-breaking rockfish that caught national attention last week after biologists esitmated it was more than 200 years old has been proved to be a youngster.
Henry Liebman of Seattle caught a 39.08 pound shortraker rockfish while fishing with Angling Unlimited out of Sitka on June 21, 2013, breaking the Alaska state record of 38.68 pounds caught in 2001. Alaska Fish and Game Department biologists officially aged the fish at 64 years old.
“It's impossible to age a rockfish once it has matured just by looking at it,” said Kristen Green, groundfish project leader for Alaska's southeast region.
The oldest aged rockfish, a rougheye, was 205 years old and measured 32 inches. Liebman's fish measured 41 inches, which encouraged unsubstantiated claims of a 200-year-old fish.
Shortrakers mature by age 10 and reach their peak size shortly after.
Liebman, who'd caught a huge shortraker in a prvious visit with Angling Unlimited, asked his skipper to help him and his party target big rockfish again. They were fishing in 850 feet of water when he hooked the record fish.
The fish was weighed at 45 pounds on the boat, so Captain David Goss, knowing the fish would lose weight every hour out of the water, raced back to get the fish officially weighed by Fish and Game officials.
Follow the process of the fish going through the official channels to be named a state record.
FISHING — A Seattle man fishing in Alaska caught a 40-pound shortraker rockfish that experts believe could be 200 years old, which would easily predate the Alaska Purchase in 1867.
The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported that Henry Liebman was deep-sea fishing off the coast of Alaska on June 21 when he hooked the record-setting shortraker from a depth of approximately 900 feet.
Shortrakers, which have hues of orange, pink or red on top of their white bodies, are one of the most commonly sought fish in Alaska and can live at depths of more than 2,500 feet.
Troy Tidingco, Sitka area manager for the state Department of Fish and Game, said the fish is still being analyzed but he believes it is at least 200 years old. The current record is 175 years. Researchers are able to determine the age of a shortraker by the number of growth rings along its ear bone.
FISHING — In an unusual move, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, meeting in a conference call today, reconsidered and amended several fishing regulation it had adopted at its March 1 meeting in Moses Lake.
The changes include increasing the annual limit for white sturgeon in the Columbia River from one to two, as well as changes related to Western Washington fisheries such as thresher sharks, rockfish and cabezon.
Read on for the details from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
FISHING — In an unusual procedure, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is reconsidering some of the fishing regulations the nine-member panel adopted on March 1 during its rule-setting meeting in Moses Lake.
Miranda Wecker, commission chair, said she wants to make sure the commissioners get all the information they need to make the proper decisions.
“We tried to fit too much into one day at Moses Lake,” she said, noting that she's heard some information since the meeting that should be discussed “to make sure we make the proper decisions.”
Commissioners will be allowed to reconsider any of the 2013 sport fishing rules that were adopted, since they have not yet been officially filed.
She said the four topics sure to be discussed include rockfish retention in Puget Sound, catch-and-release fishing for sharks and regulations and seasons for sturgeon and cabezon.