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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 26, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Giant hatchery king salmon caught in Tacoma area of south central Puget Sound

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Our first big king salmon of the summer comes from south central Puget Sound where Peter Tarabochia of Burien was the lucky angler.

Last Friday (July 22), Tarabochia was fishing with his father Don Tarabochia of Fircrest and friend Jim Holly of Fircrest when he hooked a big fish around 9 a.m.

“We were fishing around the general Point Dalco area (off) southwest corner of Vashon Island,” said Tarabochia who by mid-morning had just hoped to get a 10 pound king. “This fish hit a trolled flasher and spoon set up.”

Tarabochia says the king hit in 45 feet of water, and then came up fairly quick and easy.

“We said I guess we finally caught that 10 pound king we were hoping for,” he said.

They saw it roll on top of the water, and then it made that swirl a big fish does in the water and then it went crazy and dove deep into the water.

After a nice 15-minute battle they brought the king into the boat, and noticed that the fish had crushed the brand new spoon to a 90 degree angle.

As for weighing the fish, Tarabochia weighed it with an electronic scale on the boat, which said it was 42 pounds, and then also figured out the weight with the approximate “length by girth by girth / 750” calculation based on its measurements of 43-inch by 26-inch and change.

“We didn’t make it to a marina that day as we launch(ed) from a private club (the Tacoma Outboard Association),” Tarabochia said. “We’re still in complete awe, and stunned by its sheer size. And to know we caught such a special (and rare) fish in our home waters truly made for a career day.”

(Photo courtesy of Peter Tarabochia)

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