5-lb. Kokanee salmon breaks 1973 record at Tahoe

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Updated: 7/27/2013 6:39 pm

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A California man has landed the biggest Kokanee salmon ever caught at Lake Tahoe, breaking a record that stood for four decades.

Bill Brush of Nevada City reeled in the 5 pound, 2 ounce Kokanee last weekend on the south end of the lake near Baldwin Beach.

The record dated to Aug. 1, 1973 when Dave Bournique of South Lake Tahoe caught one that weighed 4 lbs., 13 ounces.

Bush caught his 2-foot-long fish July 20 at a depth of 67 feet with a small lure that looks like a wedding ring.

Tahoe Sport Fishing Capt. Scott Carey says he knew it was a record-breaker as soon as it hit the deck.

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