June 21 An Active Day For Washington State Record Fish With 2 New Entries Caught Off Coast

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

John Sly of Tacoma has established the state record for the largest redbanded rockfish caught in state waters, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed today.

JOHN SLY AND WASHINGTON’S FIRST RECORD REDBANDED ROCKFISH, CAUGHT WHILE JIGGING FOR HERRING. (JOHN SLY VIA WDFW)

 

Sly caught the 7.54 pound redbanded rockfish while jigging with bait out of Westport, Washington on June 21. There was no previous state record established for this species.

Richard Hale of Tukwila broke another recently established record on June 21. Hale caught a 5.93 pound arrowtooth flounder, about a month after the arrowtooth flounder record was established for the state by Art Tachell.

RICHARD HALE’S ARROWTOOTH FLOUNDER IS ONLY THE SECOND ENTRY FOR THE SPECIES IN WDFW’S STATE RECORD BOOK AND WEIGHED TWO POUNDS MORE THAN THE FIRST, ENTERED THIS SPRING. (RICHARD HALE VIA WDFW)

Hale caught his flounder while drift fishing with bait out of Neah Bay, besting Tachell’s 3.89 pound fish by more than 2 pounds.

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

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