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Shark Week Addendum: AZ Angler’s WA Blue Shark Sets State Record

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

An Arizona angler fishing out of Westport has established the sport fish record for the largest blue shark caught in Washington waters, fishery managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed today.

ZACHARY JACKSON HOLDS WASHINGTON’S STATE RECORD BLUE SHARK, THE FIRST IN ITS CATEGORY. (WDFW)

Zachary Jackson, from Show Low, Arizona, caught the 27.63-pound blue shark on July 30. Jackson caught the fish, which measured 55 ¾ inches, while fishing for albacore tuna using anchovies as bait.

“We were mainly trying to keep the bait away from the shark,” said Jackson. “The shark bit my friend’s line, then I noticed my line going in the wrong direction and kept thinking he would cut it, but eventually I slowly brought him to the boat.”

This was the first blue shark submitted for a state record in Washington. Jackson was fishing in the Pacific Ocean 57 miles off Washington’s coast.

Jackson makes the trip to Washington to fish for albacore tuna out of Westport about every other year, and describes Westport as “one of the more consistent places to catch albacore on the West Coast.”

Another New Washington State Record Sanddab Caught, This One 1.22 Pounds

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

A King County angler–and recently retired regional director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)–has set a new record for the biggest Pacific sanddab caught in state waters, fishery managers confirmed today.

BOB EVERITT HOLDS THE NEW STATE RECORD SANDDAB, CAUGHT JULY 1 OFF JEFF HEAD. (WDFW)

Bob Everitt of Kirkland didn’t waste any time making a name for himself in the fishing world after his retirement. Retired for one day after a 37-year career at WDFW, Everitt caught one of the biggest, little fish around on July 1 at Jefferson head in Puget Sound.

“We were mooching deep, looking for salmon, and two sanddabs hit the two hooks on my line,” said Everitt, who was the director of regional operations in northern Puget Sound.  “These are small fish, and I thought about shaking them off,” he added.

(WDFW)

But, Danny Garrett, Everitt’s fishing partner and a WDFW biologist, took a second look and noted that one of the fish might be a record, which was later confirmed at a certified scale in Bothell.

Everitt’s sanddab weighed in at 1.22 lb. and measured 14 inches.

Juan Valero of Seattle set the previous record of 1 lb. and 12.5 inches on May 25 while fishing near Possession Point in Puget Sound.

“I had a fun day and a fun career, and if I had any advice for anglers, it would be to get out there and fish often,” said Everitt. “You never know what you might catch.”

A Pacific sanddab is a small, left-eyed, flatfish that prefers sand or mud bottoms. Most weigh less than a third of a pound.

WDFW has created a YouTube video on fishing, prepping and cooking flatfish that is available at https://www.youtube.com/thewdfw.

Panhandle Lake Yields 3 New State Records — In Same Day

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME

The state record for Tiger Trout stood at 17.5 inches before Free Fishing Day on June 10. By the end of the day, it had been broken not once, not twice, but three times at Deer Creek Reservoir during the fishing events sponsored by IDFG and the Pierce/Weippe Chamber of Commerce.

WHEN ALL WAS SAID AND DONE ON IDAHO’S FREE FISHING DAY EARLIER THIS MONTH, RICHARD MILLER OWNED THE STATE RECORD FOR HYBRID TIGER TROUT … THOUGH WITH HOW FAST THE HIGH MARK WAS BROKEN THAT DAY, WHO KNOWS HOW LONG HE’LL HOLD ONTO IT! (IDFG)

To start off, a 17.6-inch fish was caught, just barely breaking the record. This new record quickly fell, as an 18-inch fish and a 19.5-inch fish were caught  The new record was landed by Richard Miller, and weighed 2.65 lbs. Mr. Miller’s fish has been verified and certified as the new state record. Congratulations Richard! This up and coming fishery is sure to produce some even bigger Tiger Trout in the future, so get out there and see if you can break the new record!

A tiger trout is a hybrid between a brown trout and a brook trout. They’re a sterile fish that is stocked in a few select location around the state which you can see on Fish and Games Fish Planner page.

If you want to get a better look at tiger trout, check out this video when they were stocked in Deer Creek Reservoir.

7.49-lb. Vermilion Rockfish Would’ve Been New Washington Record

Washington bass angler Roger Davis has been trying hard to land a new state record for several years now.

He should have gotten into the book this weekend — but for another species entirely.

The North Sound fisherman caught a bucket-mouthed, near-7-pound, 8-ounce vermilion rockfish off Neah Bay on Sunday morning.

ROGER DAVIS HEFTS HIS 7.49-POUND VERMILION ROCKFISH — SO NAMED FOR ITS BRILLIANT COLORING — WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN A NEW STATE RECORD. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

But of all the rotten luck, he thought he was still 2 ounces shy of the standing high mark.

That fish is James Duffy’s 2005 7.10-pounder, which Davis initially read as a bass angler reads weights — a 7-10.

Yesterday afternoon, after his fish had been cleaned and processed, Davis sent me an email with pics from his trip. As we were going back and forth, sorting out autocorrects, double checking WDFW’s records and doing the math in my head, I wrote, “Wait a minute, the record book listing for vermilion rockfish says 7.1 pounds. Yours would be 7.5 pounds, wouldn’t it?”

“Oh damn!!!! I read it wrong. I thought it was 7 pounds 10 oz!!! It was the state record!!! Damn!!” Davis wrote back, adding, “Oh man, I’m super bummed. I even weighed it on an official scale, and the fish and game guys were even there.”

A worker at the Cape Flattery Fisherman’s Coop today confirmed to Northwest Sportsman they’d seen the 7.49-pound digital reading themselves.

“The fish and game guys at the docks said it was the biggest one they had ever seen,” Davis added.

ROGER DAVIS HAS BEEN USING OVERSIZED BAITS TO BRING IN HUGE NORTH SOUND LARGEMOUTH IN RECENT SPRINGS. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

This time of year you’re most likely to find Davis fishing from small, rickety boats on ponds and lakes scattered around Skagit and Whatcom Counties in hopes of landing a giant prespawn female largemouth, but he also likes to head offshore on more secure craft to catch tasty halibut.

He was in Neah Bay for last Thursday’s and Saturday’s openers, fishing with two friends aboard one’s 28-foot Hewescraft, the Spunky Monkey, and spending their off days going out for rockfish.

He says the vermilion rockfish bit around 8:30 yesterday morning.

“We were jigging flies around the 100-foot-depth mark and catching every kind of rockfish on the list, especially tons of canary rockfish which we were releasing,” Davis recalls. “The big one hit down around 90 feet on a white-and-red fly. We thought it might be a ling at first, because we knew it was bigger. When we saw it, we were shocked. We checked and double checked to make sure we could retain it,” Davis says.

“On the ride back in I looked up the state record and thought it said 7 pounds 10 ounces rather than 7.10 pounds.  We weighed it on an official certified scale at the commercial dock in Neah Bay and it came in at 7.49 pounds. I thought I was just shy (of the record), so we took it back to the cleaning station where it got cleaned with the rest of our catch. Too bad I didn’t realize it was 7.1 pounds!!”

Wondering if there still wasn’t an outside chance for Davis to get his vermilion into the books, I called a couple sources at WDFW and checked out the record fish application. But it sounds like the “fish and game guys” at Neah were probably creel samplers, not an area or district fish biologist, who could have officially positively identified it for species (though being a sampler would imply some knowledge of what fishes swim in Washington waters).

Still, it was a great haul and weekend overall for Davis.

“It was a stellar few days of fishing and I probably boated over 120 fish from Wednesday night through Sunday morning,” he said.

AMONG THE MANY FISH DAVIS CAUGHT OUT OF NEAH BAY LAST WEEKEND WAS THIS FINE PAIR OF TASTY HALIBUT. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

But what are the odds that someone who’s so focused on trying to get into the record book with one species gets a shot at cracking it with a different one altogether?

“I know, right?” Davis said. “Plus it was the first vermilion rockfish I’d ever caught!