Seattle man catches fish that may be 200-years-old

Seattle man catches fish that may be 200-years-old
Sport fisherman Henry Liebman, from Seattle, holds his record-breaking shortraker rockfish at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office Friday, June 21, 2013, in Sitka, Alaska. The fish measured 104 centimeters and weighed 39.08 pounds. The age of the fish hasn't yet been determined, but that too might be a record, a fishery expert said. (AP Photo/Daily Sitka Sentinel, James Poulson)

ANCHORAGE — A record-breaking rockfish was hauled in near Sitka last week.

Henry Liebman reeled in the 39.08-pound shortraker, breaking the old record of 38.69 pounds for a shortraker caught on sportfishing gear.

The age of the fish hasn't yet been determined, but that too might be a record, a fishery expert said. It could be around 200-years-old. Samples of the fish were sent to a lab in Juneau for further testing.

Liebman, an insurance adjustor who works in Seattle, told the Sitka Sentinel he frequently visits Sitka to charter fish, so he knew that he had a large fish on when the shortraker struck.

“I knew it was abnormally big (but I) didn’t know it was a record until on the way back we looked in the Alaska guide book that was on the boat,” Liebman said.