The story is a bit out of date but it's worth retelling. I ran
into a good friend of mine on the Fishing with Phil Twilight Friday night. Not only was it great to see Tim Rand and hear that his family was doing well but he also had a great fishing tale to tell before boarding the Native Sun out of Long Beach Sportfishing.
Rand, an avid surf fisherman who hits the beach a couple of times each week was fishing near Cherry Beach in Long Beach about two months ago when something really big grabbed hold of his bait. Rand was fishing with a live 5-inch smelt and like most good surf fishermen, he was using light line; in this case 8-lb test.
This time however, it was obvious that this was no ordinary fish. It stripped line off Rand reel at will and seemed to have the power of a freight train.
"I knew it was a halibut," said Rand. "The only question was how big it was," said Rand.
After a 45-minute battle that required following the might brute up and down the beach several times, Rand had a fishing buddy ready with a net. Peering through the water, the people who had gathered to watch Rand battle his foe could see a brown giant fish. It was a 32-pound flattie that measured 42 inches. The giant fish was netted as the battle came to a finish. High fives and celebration were in order as well as a lot of great eating fish for family and friends for the week to come.
"I know there are more big fish out there," said Rand. "I just can't wait to get back to the beach again."
Top Photo of Tim Jr., age 6 as he lays next to the monster halibut that his father wrestled out of the surf on 8-pound test.
Bottom photo: Tim Rand in with another nice halibut taken on a previous surf fishing trip to Long Beach.
Photo Credits: Tim Rand
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