Sitka 9-year-old reels in 45-pound king

For many Southeast residents, fishing is a way to fill the freezer or earn a living. But for Sitka’s 9-year-old Miles Lawrie, fishing is a chance to spend time with his grandparents on the water.

It was a bonus for Miles when, while fishing with his grandparents on July 8, he caught his first ever king salmon — a 45-pounder.

“The pole went like 10 feet out, just dragging, it kept going hard way out,” Miles said.

It’s unlikely he would have caught the big king if sea conditions out in Sitka Sound hadn’t made grandparents Pete and Shelley Palmer decide to fish close to town. They had been planni...


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