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Trophy salmon says goodbye to Alaska and hello Lake Stevens

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Published on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 by BY PAM STEVENS | MANAGING EDITOR

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John Nordin from Lake Stevens, reeled in a trophy King Salmon
while in Alaska on a fishing trip with fellow Lake Stevens residents.

John Nordin, a Lake Stevens resident, was fishing with a group of fellow Lake Stevens residents on the Kenai River in Kenai, Alaska last week.

Nordin and a group of old Lake Stevens high school buddies get together every year for their annual fishing trip.
Nordin was enjoying his first trip to Alaska when he made the catch of a lifetime, hooking himself a trophy King Salmon.

Nordin’s catch was the largest fish out of the Kenai River so far this year weighing 76 pounds and measured 52 1/2 inches long with a girth of 34 inches.

It wasn’t easy bringing that fish in. Nordin had to fight the fish for almost 30 minutes, dragging the boat at least a half mile down the river, but the struggle was well worth it.

“That fish kicked my butt,” Nordin said. “My heart was pumping so hard, I didn’t want to loose it. I was drained at the end, I couldn’t believe it. I did everything my guide said to do.”

After the long struggle, Nordin will be  stocking his freezer with plenty of salmon meat and will also have something to hang on his wall.

“The taxidermist skinned and prepped the fish for the mount right at the dock,” he said. “I was able to keep the meat.”

Nordin was fishing with long-time Snohomish residents Mike and Murray Fenton who run a guide service out of Soldotna, Alaska.

Next year’s fishing trip will be a return to the beautiful waters of the Kenai River where Nordin’s friends will most likely be trying to bring home an even bigger fish story.

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