Record California salmon ends up getting smoked


Mar 11, 2001
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Record California salmon ends up getting smoked

Tom Stienstra    Wednesday, August 29, 2001

IT'S THE dog days of summer, but a few Bay Area anglers are howling at the moon over two of the biggest fish of the year.

A 69-pound salmon was caught off Tiburon last week, and if it's certified by the DFG, it will be a state record for salmon caught in saltwater. The lucky fisherman was Jerry Zanck of Dublin, a limousine driver, who was fishing a spot known as "California City."

The record salmon measured 58 1/2-inches long and was weighed on a certified scale at a produce market. But to the disappointment of many fishing enthusiasts, instead of being prepared for mounting so it could be inspected by biologists and displayed for generations, the salmon was cut up to be smoked and eaten.

Meanwhile, the biggest largemouth bass of the year at a Bay Area lake was landed, weighed and released at Lake Chabot. The fish -- weighed at 16 pounds, 2 ounces -- was hooked on a Senko by Eric Clealand of Benicia, who then released the giant bass in a cove near a spot called "The Burner." This was a stunning catch, considering the water is so low (and warm) at Chabot that many boats get stuck in the mud.

The Bay Area record for largemouth bass is 18 pounds, 11.2 ounces, caught at San Pablo Reservoir by Victor Barfield of San Pablo.

BOATING PROJECTS: Major improvements to the boat ramps at Berkeley Marina, Anderson Lake (near Morgan Hill) and Shasta Lake appear to be in line for funding from the Department of Boating & Waterways.

AND REMEMBER WHEN: It seems like only yesterday that former Gov. Pete Wilson tried to eliminate the Department of Boating and feed boat-registration money into the state's General Fund. That challenge was crushed. The new budget for Boating for the current fiscal year, funded from user fees, is $101 million.

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