A 10-year-old Boise girl hooked the halibut of a lifetime while fishing in Alaska last weekend.
And with a little help from “every hand on the ship” during the hour-long battle, Lily Cornish was able to bring her 333-pound, 84-inch barndoor of a halibut back to Ketchikan.
“It was the first bait down, then my pole was tugging,” she told a TV station in her hometown. “I started reeling it in and then my dad helped me. And then a big fish came out.”
LILY HORNISH AND HER DAD, BILL, BROTHER CARSON AND MOTHER ERIN CARVER AND THE WHALE OF A HALIBUT. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)
Her parents describe Lily as an avid angler.
“We flew to and from Alaska on Alaska Airlines for the weekend to fish,” mom Erin Carver emailed to Northwest Sportsman. “Lily loves to fish and couldn’t wait to fish in Alaska.”
The giant was caught while the family was fishing with Oasis Alaska Charters.
It was weighed on the Clover Pass Resort scale, which reportedly only goes up to 250 pounds, but using Alaska Department of Fish and Game calculations for an 84-incher, Lily’s halibut went just a hair under 333 pounds and provided 243 pounds of meat.
WITH ONE BIG FILLETING JOB AHEAD OF HER, LILY DIVES INTO THE MONSTER HALIBUT SHE HOOKED IN MID-JUNE. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)