This is a very impressive lingcod caught by David L. The picture does not do it justice, and the experience is one I will not forget.

We were fishing in difficult weather on the Gulf of Alaska, with a big incoming tide pushing hard. The wind blowing whitecaps from the crest of steep chop on top of ocean swells. We were looking forward to a good day of fishing with a favorite group of long-time clients, but I was really nervous about the ocean and tidal conditions.

With the tide rushing us across steep rock pinnacles, I was even more nervous! We timed our drift to put 16-ounce jigs on top of difficult structure, and used our motors to slow the boat and keep our lines in a fishable position. At first drop, this fish hit hard and fought hard, stripping line and doubling the rod over ...absolutely the hardest-fighting ling ever!

This fish weighed 74.4 pounds on a certified scale, and if David follows-up on the paperwork, it will easily qualify for an ADF&G Trophy Fish Program certificate (55 pounds and larger).

Gallery: Homer Fishing Charter Pictures

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