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Angler establishes redbanded rockfish Washington record

Redbanded rockfish (Sebastes babcocki) on Washington’s Olympic Coast. (Ed Bowlby / NOAA/Olympic Coast NMS; NOAA/OAR/Office of Ocean Exploration.)
Redbanded rockfish (Sebastes babcocki) on Washington’s Olympic Coast. (Ed Bowlby / NOAA/Olympic Coast NMS; NOAA/OAR/Office of Ocean Exploration.)

A Tacoma man now holds the state record for the largest redbanded rockfish caught in Washington.

John Sly caught a 7.54-pound redbanded rockfish while jigging with bait out of Westport, Washington, on June 21, according to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife news release.

No previous state record had been established for this species.

A complete listing of Washington’s state record fish is available at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/records/


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