SANTA ANA, Calif. (July 11, 2014) Jack McGuire, 76, of Santa Ana, Calif., has a fish story to tell after he caught a 482-pound Pacific halibut while on vacation in Alaska.
McGuire struggled for 40 minutes before the giant fish was reeled in.
The catch outweighs the 459-pound Pacific halibut caught in Alaska in 1996 that holds the world record, but it doesn't meet International Game Fish Association regulations.
The halibut was shot and then harpooned before it was brought aboard the boat, disqualifying the catch from being considered for a world record.
McGuire was on a weeklong fishing trip near Glacier Bay with his three children when he caught the 95-inch-long fish.
He says the boat captain shot the giant fish to keep it from flopping around and hurting someone.
He applauded the decision, even if it meant he didn’t win the record.