Record-breaking kokanee hooked in Tahoe waters
At 2:10 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, the Tahoe Sports Fishing crew and angler Bill Brush of Nevada City, Calif., hauled in a new California and Nevada kokanee record at 5 pounds and 2 ounces. The catch broke a record that stood for 40 years, almost to the day. On July 31, 1973, Dick Bournique pulled a 4-pound, 13-ounce kokanee out of Lake Tahoe. It was a record that some said would never be broken...
The kokanee was reeled in off Baldwin Beach with a double whammy lure and corn. It rang in at 5.10 pounds on a digital scale right after it was hauled on deck. About 15 minutes later, another scaled called it 5.8 pounds. The crew knew that weight would drop quickly, however, as the fish continued to lose moisture and blood. They needed to find a certified scale quickly.
Hoffman packed the fish in ice and started making phone calls. He called every wildlife department he could think of, but they were all closed for the weekend. He even went so far as to call the police station where it was suggested he could just take a picture of the fish with whoever caught it.
He was about to give up, but decided to make one final call to Overland Meat & Seafood Company. Miraculously, the market had a certified scale and the Tahoe Sports Fishing crew rushed the kokanee in by 3:30 p.m.
The fish officially weighed in at 5 pounds, 2 ounces, beating the 40-year-old record by 5 ounces...