That's One Big Halibut!

Angler Todd Hughes of Olympia, Washington, hooked and landed a giant 90-inch-long, 405-pound halibut while fishing in Alaska:

Alaska is famous for giant halibut, and anglers have a system for landing giant, mad fish.

A 100-pound halibut loose in the boat can break anglers' arms, legs or worse. A big fish thrashing around will also trash the boat.

A 405-pound fish can easily kill an angler.

Alaska guides usually shoot the fish before it comes about. But Glacier Bay is a National Park, so firearms are not allowed. It took a few whacks from a lead-filled aluminum baseball bat to kill the fish, and it took three men to pull it aboard.

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