Grandpa Likes Big ‘buts and He Can Not Lie

Check out this absolute beast of a halibut brought in by 77-year-old Jack McGuire on July 3rd near the Alaskan port town of Gustavus!

95 inches, 482 pounds…but not a record, says the IGFA. (Image: Devin Brown, Alaska Anglers Inn)
95 inches, 482 pounds…but not a record, says the IGFA. (Image: Devin Brown, Alaska Anglers Inn)

“This was definitely the fish of a lifetime for him.”

– Andy Martin, owner of Deep Blue Charters, speaking to Alaska Dispatch News

Though it outweighs the previous Pacific halibut world record holder by 23 lbs., McGuire’s 482-pounder won’t make the record books, reports the Alaska Dispatch News. That’s because the fish was first shot with a .410-caliber shotgun, then harpooned to be pulled in to the boat. International Game Fish Association (IGFA) rules ban the use of tools other than a net or gaffe for landing fish.

McGuire also got assistance from other crew members to land the fish, another IGFA violation.

All told, it took about a 1/2-hour to get the 95″-long fish in the charter boat.

So what’s your personal best? Tell us about it! Or, better yet, share your story and picture on our Trophy Gallery for the rest of the world to see!





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One Response to “Grandpa Likes Big ‘buts and He Can Not Lie”

  1. troy carlson

    way to go G-pa, its an unofficial word record, and a fish story that will live for a long long time!!