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October 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Othello 7th grader catches a big king in Upper Columbia

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The fall chinook fishing season in the Upper Columbia River has been good, and for 7th grader Zac Zambrano of Othello it will go down as a memorable one.

The 12-year-old was fishing with his father Bob Compean on Oct. 13 in White Bluff area just above the Vernita Bridge when he hooked into a king that bit a Kwikfish lure wrapped with a sardine.

“I fish a lot with my dad, and have caught fish before, but this one was huge,” Zambrano said. “We’d only been fishing for about 30 minutes before I caught it.”

It took Zambrano about 45 minutes to land the king, which measured 42 inches and weighed 38 pounds.

While the king was his largest salmon, it wasn’t the biggest fish. When Zambrano was just five years old he released a seven foot sturgeon.

“He comes with me pretty much every weekend,” Compean said. “The day we fished, it was actually pretty slow and for some reason there have been very few bigger ones caught this season.”

The salmon fishery in that area of the Columbia closes after Monday, Oct. 22.

(Photo courtesy of Bob Compean)

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