Mike Gage is a long-time member of the local Tyee Club, which uses rowboats and single, barbless hooks to catch Chinook salmon that weigh more than 30 pounds.
Gage says it took 40 minutes to land the record-breaking 61.5-pound, or 28-kilogram, Tyee last Sunday.
"The trick is to keep the tension on the fish and try and think like the fish is thinking,” Gage said.
“So when he runs out, you let him run out and when he starts to come towards you, you try to keep up with him and keep the tension on the hook.”
Gage says he plans to have the fish mounted instead of eating it.