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Petersburg fishermen bring big halibut onboard


Jess Field

Doug Corl, left, and Brian Mattson prepare to offload their massive catch at PFI on a sunny Sunday afternoon. 

PETERSBURG – Brian Mattson and Doug Corl are no strangers to catching fish, the pair have fished together for almost two decades, and last weekend was no exception. Around 10 p.m. on Saturday the local fishermen hooked a monster.

They made a quick trip on the F/V Day Spring to Thomas Bay, rather than going south of town, because they drew a NOAA observer. Two sets later they had a nearly 400-pound halibut aboard. They caught the fish "right where everybody goes tanner crabbing," Mattson says.

"Normally we catch some big fish in Thomas Bay," Mattson said. "On one set we got this fish and...

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