Alaska’s Pink Salmon Record Shattered Times Two

Thomas Salas briefly held the state-record pink salmon, weighing in at 12 pounds, 13 ounces.

Thomas Salas briefly held the state-record pink salmon, weighing in at 12 pounds, 13 ounces. (ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME) 

Robert Dubar then broke Salas' standard the same day, at 13 pounds, 10.6 ounces. (ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME)

Robert Dubar then broke Salas’ standard the same day, at 13 pounds, 10.6 ounces. (ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME)

A cool story from the Peninsula Clarion on two pink salmon state records being set – in the same day!

Here’s reporter Elizabeth Earl with more:

After 42 years, the Alaska state record for a sport-caught pink salmon was broken — twice.

Thomas Salas hauled a monster pink salmon out of the Kenai River near Big Eddy in Soldotna on Monday night. The California resident, who said he visits the Kenai every other year or so, was originally going to throw it back when a friend told him to hang on to it.

“(He) said, ‘You gotta keep it, that might be a record,’” Salas said.

As it turns out, he was right. When the anglers took the fish into the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office in Soldotna the next morning, it weighed in at 12 pounds and 13 ounces and 28.5 inches long, claiming the state record from the previous 12 pound and 9 ounce fish, caught in 1974. Multiple biologists certified it and sent Salas on his way, the new holder of the state record.

About three hours later, Robert Dubar brought in his own humongous pink salmon. He’d pulled the monster out of the Kenai River just downstream of Angler’s Lodge in Sterling on Tuesday morning.

“I thought it was hooked on a log,” Dubar said. “Then it started moving a little bit. Took about five minutes to get him to the shore.”

Dubar, who is visiting the Kenai Peninsula from Incline Village, Nevada, brought the pink salmon into the Fish and Game office in early afternoon. The biologists there again took its weight and measurements and certified it — 13 pounds, 10.6 ounces, 32 inches long.

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