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Monster Halibut Caught in Alaska Last Year Wasn’t a World Record Because of Technicalities

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Most people who go on fishing trips in Alaska hope to make the catch of a lifetime. After all, many of the fish in Alaska are absolutely huge. However, they probably don’t expect to catch something that could be described as “titanic,” or called a leviathan, which is exactly one one angler did a few months ago.

Jack McGuire, a 77-year-old angler hailing from Anaheim, California managed to land a 482-pound halibut in July of 2014.

What’s more surprising than his actual catch is the fact that it doesn’t count as a world record. According to the rules of the International Game Fish Association, which maintains the international record book, no tools other than a net or a gaffe are allowed to be used for landing a fish.