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200-Year-Old RockFish Caught in Alaska

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They say that everything is bigger in Texas, but the world’s biggest rockfish was caught pretty far away from the land of spurs and cowboy hats. Henry Liebman, an Alaskan real estate developer, hooked a record-breaking beast about ten miles off the coast of Sitka on June twenty first.

The former record-holding rockfish had had its age estimated to be around 175-years-old, and the specimen that Liebman caught is estimated to be around 200-years-old since it is quite a bit bigger than the previous record-holder.

Rockfish do not stop growing once they reach adulthood, and proceed to get larger the older they become. This information comes in handy when trying to estimate how old a rockfish might be. The information is surely not unknown to Liebman, who has been in avid pursuit of rockfish for years now.

In his interview with ABC News, Liebman went on to state, “I’ve been fishing all my life and I went out targeting this species… I just wanted to try and catch one because no one fishes for them.”

The lack of active hunters of the fish is for good reason; rockfish live in the deep ocean, where most fishermen won’t go, either out of fear or lack of means. Liebman released a massive amount of bait about 900 feet beneath the ocean’s surface in pursuit of his target. It seems that his efforts have certainly paid off.

The fish, weighing in at nearly forty pounds, has broken an Alaskan state record for largest fish caught. The fish’s exact age is yet to be determined, but a few things are for sure; it is big, ugly, ancient, and magnificent.

When questioned by ABC News on the topic of his epic fisherman’s tale, Liebman was quoted as saying, “I think it’s just a kick. You know for some people something so old is out of their perspective. So you have fun with it.”

200-Year-Old RockFish Caught in Alaska
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  • charlee

    the jackass should have put the fish back. did he kill this 200 year old fish just so he could hold the record. Like I stated above, the guy is a jackass.

    • Sarah Parrott

      I see your point, but one of the important things to consider is just how GINORMOUS the ocean is. I’d be willing to bet that there are TONS of rockfish just as old, if not older, than the one that Liebman caught. (900 feet beneath the surface is deep by our standards but is NOTHING compared to just how vast the ocean is, overall.) This species is in no short supply, so it’s not as if Liebman is wiping out a species by catching and keeping this fish. People fish and, as is the way, fish die because of it, but that’s okay. As long as no endangered species are being threatened, is there really much wrong with it? Fish don’t really have the capacity to feel much, after all. I can see where you’re coming from, but… well, ’tis just a fish, my friend.

      • http://yahoo.com Fishing

        “Tis just a fish”, huh? Are you from the city? then its understandable that you wouldn’t understand. Why would one want to only do something when its too late i.e. endangered species? Its ok though, there are plenty of narrow minded individuals like yourself, tis called ignorance mixed with arrogance, my friend.

      • Spydermet

        ” I’d be willing to bet that there are TONS of rockfish just as old, if not older, than the one that Liebman caught. (900 feet beneath the surface is deep by our standards but is NOTHING compared to just how vast the ocean is, overall.) This species is in no short supply,”

        This sounds like an opinion made with N-O F-A-C-T-S to back it up.
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        “As long as no endangered species are being threatened, is there really much wrong with it?”

        How do know its not endangered”
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        “but… well, ’tis just a fish, my friend.”

        You are just a mammal. In Asia, they eat monkey. Would you like to be killed and mounted for some stupid record?

  • dean

    Instead of taking a picture he is going to mount it…..brillent!

  • Frank

    This jerk kills something that managed to stay alive for 200 years and he’s being celebrated? Shame on you, Liebman – you had to go very far out of your way to destroy an ancient life for no reason. Shame on you, Sarah Parrot, for glorifying it.

  • Hoodoo

    This Rockfish has been hanging around for 200 years and was killed for a cheap thrill. Such respect for nature humans have. Can’t wait until aliens start fishing for us and stuffing us as trophies. Now that would be poetic justice.

  • Kleo

    When this fish was a baby:
    The 4th US President Madison sworn in for second term
    U.S. defeats British at Battle of York
    Louisiana was the 18th U.S. state

    When this fish died:
    The first human it saw in 200 years was a goof pulling it out of the water yelling “I’m going to famous!” and the fish thought…
    “I’m dying so this goof can be famous?” the fisherman looked at it laughing and screamed “Yes!” as it suffocated.

  • SpanishShadow

    I may sound hypocritical, I still say make a record of the fish, hold the fish in a tank TEMPORARILY, make a film and RELEASE the fish back into it’s habitat. If I knew this fish was 200 years old, I’d leave the fish to it’s own. The philosophy I have today.

    • william

      everything in humans today is to kill

  • Cornholio

    the fish was dead before it left the water. the difference in pressure would have killed it, so catch and release wasn’t an option.

  • ramina

    He could have lived to be 400 !!!

  • http://bigg.ae/ Dubai

    Sadly the fish cannot be sent back into the ocean as it suffered major damage from being brought up from such a depth and would not survive. There should be laws against fisherBOYS fishing do deep into the ocean and the destruction they, the fisherBOYS cause! And yes I would also like to slap the asinine grin off his stupid face. To take joy from destroying a 200 year old fish is beyond cruel and does not speak well of this tiny little boy/male. He is a male and NOT A MAN big difference.