Halibut-fishing rookie lands 335-pounder out of Valdez

July 21, 2011 

FAIRBANKS -- A truck driver from New Mexico on her first fishing trip landed a big halibut that will likely win the Valdez Halibut Derby.

Annette Gutierrez and her fiance took a trip to Valdez to go halibut fishing with a friend who has his own boat.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says Gutierrez caught a 335.7-pound halibut on July 2 that likely will win her the $15,000 top prize.

The fish was 87 1/2 inches long. That is almost two feet taller than the 5-foot, 6-inch Gutierrez. It is 142.3 pounds bigger than the fish it displaced atop the leader board.

Gutierrez lives in Gila, N.M., and travels to Fairbanks to work for Osborne Construction in the summer.

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