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Dana Wharf angler gets a big birthday present, landing a 43-pound halibut

May 25, 2010 |  3:07 pm

Bill Kampf displays the 43-pound halibut he caught Monday aboard the Dana Pride.When Nina Won decided to take her boyfriend, Bill Kampf, on a fishing trip for his birthday, she had no idea what a memorable gift it would turn out to be.

That's because Kampf, who turned 34 on Monday, landed the biggest fish of his life, boating a 43-pound halibut off the coast of San Clemente.

The Santa Monica residents headed to Dana Wharf Sportfishing for a half-day trip aboard the 65-foot vessel Dana Pride, after Won, 28, read about the high fish counts at the landing, and felt that "Dana Wharf would be helpful and make it fun."

The crew was indeed helpful, lending a hand getting this lunker, the biggest landed on the Dana Pride this year, aboard.

"That’s a trophy for a California halibut," said deckhand Chris Pica. "We typically see halibut that range from 10 to 20 pounds, with the legal size limit being 22 inches."

"My father and brother have both caught big fish they brag about -- now I have bragging rights too!" said Kampf, who plans to have a big fish fry.  "We have enough halibut to feed the whole block."

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Bill Kampf displays the 43-pound halibut he caught Monday aboard the Dana Pride. Credit: Dana Wharf Sportfishing 

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