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Hey Alyeska!
Is that a real, un-retouched photo?!?! I had no idea salmon even got that big! That is just amazing. Give us details- I'm guessing you didn't catch it on a #6 fly rod....

By the way, your photos are outstanding. Do you take them with a digital camera, or do you scan regular photos? Also, how did you put the little shadow around the picture? Inquiring minds want to know... ID

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That is a real honest to goodness true life photo. No touch up or digital magic was done. That fish was caught on the Kenai River where a couple of times a year some lucky person catches 70 or 80 pound Chinook. This year, a 17 year old caught an 87 pounder. Several 70 pounders were caught during the first run also. While these are really large fish, the trophies are getting more rare and overall, fish size has been decreasing. The world record was caught on the Kenai River and weighed in at 97 pounds!!!

Some of the photo's were taken by me, and some were not. I personally use a 35mm Nikon, but on occasion will use a digital camera if the picture is taken from a work related outing. The 35mm photos are scanned on an HP Scanjet IIc. Some come from the Anchorage Daily News, some come from friends (biologists, guides, and other assorted outdoor nuts like me) and others have come from the Alaska Outdoor Journal (that is where this one came from). I wish that photo was of me, but unfortunately, I haven't caught a King of that size. My largest has been in the 60 pound class. As for the shadow effect, Adobe Photoshop is the program used for most of the effects.

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This just in....

Boise angler lands 89.25-pound king
KENAI: So-so fishing ends with 'probably the largest fish of the year.'

By Jon Little
Anchorage Daily News

(Published: August 2, 2002)
Fred Houtman was having bad luck fishing for kings this year on the Kenai River, but his luck turned with the tide on the last day of the 2002 season.

Houtman hooked and landed a 89.25-pound king, a big male, about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The fish was one of the biggest yanked out of the Kenai in a long time. It was 57.25 inches long, and its midsection would have barely squeezed into the waistband of a pair of size 34 slacks.

"When it came up alongside the boat, it looked like a 6-foot log," he said.

Houtman, 52, was having the fish mounted in Ninilchik on Thursday so he can slap it on the wall back home in Boise, Idaho.

Only seven fish caught in the Kenai in the past 35 years have been bigger, including the world-record 97.25-pound fish caught by Les Anderson in 1985, according to records kept by the state Department of Fish and Game.

"That's probably the largest fish of the year," said Tim McKinley, a state sportfisheries biologist.

Houtman has fished the Kenai for the past half-dozen years. This season, he had been on the river about five times with minimal luck.

He headed out on a guided trip with Tim Berg's fishing service at 6 a.m. and saw a large fish rolling in the water as the tide began flowing near Eagle Rock. Moments later, that fish or another just like it took his bait. It was standard tackle: Salmon roe and a red Spin-N-Glo.

"I set the hook, and the thing just went berserk," he said. For the next 25 minutes, the fish ricocheted from one side of the river to the other, downstream and back, and several times around the boat.

A fish that size was tough to net, he said. "It took two of us to pull it into the boat."

It was large enough that they decided to race over to a set of scales to see how much it weighed. "We weren't sure it was the world record or not. That's how big it was."

Houtman's big fish caps an odd fishing season that opened with a fizzle. The early run of Kenai kings was the weakest on record. But July was a bonanza, with anglers hooking healthy kings and bagging fat red salmon as well.

The city of Soldotna, which hugs the river and is home to guide services, lodges and tackle shops, was humming all month. Stores were packed with people wearing rubber boots. A line of motor homes jammed the Sterling Highway, the main strip through town.

As if on cue, the frenzy evaporated Thursday with the end of the king salmon fishing season. Cars move more freely and checkout lines at Fred Meyer weren't backed up.

Houtman said his motor home will be gone too. Word is that the silver salmon are swarming in Resurrection Bay, he said. "That's where I'm headed."
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