The summer solstice (June 21) marked the first saltwater fishing records of 2018 in Washington.
Washington’s first two saltwater state records of 2018 occurred on the first day of summer, according to the state’s fish and wildlife agency.
In a news release shared this week, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife said state records for redband rockfish and arrowtooth flounder were both caught on June 21.
John Sly of Tacoma caught a 7.54-pound redband rockfish to fill the previously vacant record. He caught the fish while jigging bait out of Westport, Wash.
The same day, Richard Hale of Tukwila broke the arrowtooth flounder record that was about a month old.
Hale caught the 5.93-pound record while drift fishing with bait out of Neah Bay, beating Art Tachell;s previous record of 3.89 pounds.
A complete listing of Washington’s state record fish is available at WDFW’s website: https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/records/