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California man reels in 482-pound halibut after 40-minute battle in Alaskan waters

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6-year-old Jack McGuire of Santa Ana caught a 482-pound Pacific halibut in Alaska.

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — A California man hooked the catch of a lifetime while on vacation in Alaska.

The Orange County Register reports Friday that 76-year-old Jack McGuire of Santa Ana caught a 482-pound Pacific halibut.

McGuire struggled for 40 minutes before the giant fish was reeled in.

His catch outweighs the 459-pound Pacific halibut caught in Alaska in 1996 that is currently the world record, but it doesn’t meet International Game Fish Association regulations.

The halibut was shot, then harpooned before it was brought aboard the boat, disqualifying the catch from being considered for a world record.

McGuire was on a weeklong fishing trip near Glacier Bay with his three children when he caught the 95-inch-long fish. He has been fishing since age 6.

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