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Holiday giving comes in all shapes and sizes

December 21, 2009 |  2:45 pm

Todd Cameron poses with the 296.5-pound yellowfin he caught on H&M Landing's Red Rooster III. Long Beach resident Todd Cameron shows that the spirit of giving is alive this holiday season.

Cameron returned recently from a 14-day Baja fishing trip aboard the Red Rooster III out of San Diego's H&M Landing, during which he boated a yellowfin tuna weighing in at almost 300 pounds.

Rather than keeping it, Cameron decided to share his good fortune by donating the fish to the Foodbank of Southern California, located in Long Beach.

The cow, weighing in at 296.5-pounds, was the largest yellowfin Cameron has caught and it gave him quite a fight.

"The fish almost spooled me -- 700 yards of line. I wasn't too excited about chasing the fish in a small skiff in shark-infested waters, but he stopped and I was able to get him back to the boat," Cameron told Outposts.

He also gave thanks to the ship's crew.

"This one took over an hour to land, and skipper Andy Cates and first mate Joe D'Acquisto helped me land this whopper," said Cameron. "I couldn't have landed this fish without Joe's guidance. The crew on the Red Rooster are true professionals."

This isn't the first time -- nor will it be the last -- that Cameron, a Southern California Edison employee, thought of others less fortunate.

"I donate part of my catch every year to the food bank," he said. "But this year a lot of families are in need, so I decided to donate my big fish."

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Todd Cameron poses with the 296.5-pound yellowfin he caught on H&M Landing's Red Rooster III. Credit: H&M Landing

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