Story last updated at 3:58 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2002

Record pair of Dollies landed
Ryan Ubben caught a Dolly Varden last week that was bigger than the record- holding fish his father, Ken, had landed 10 years ago. But he didn't come home with the biggest fish of the day. Ryan's friend Mike Curtiss caught an even larger fish, out of the same hole.

Curtiss, of Kotzebue, landed the 41 3/4-inch Dolly on a river he and Ubben are trying to keep a secret.

"Fishing in our favorite fishing hole in a river in Northwest Alaska," was how Ubben described the spot.

Rivers that yield 27-pound, 4-ounce Dollies are going to be hard to keep secret.

Ken Ubben held the record for largest Dolly for 10 years before his son and son's friend beat it last week. His Dolly weighed in at 20 pounds.

"He wanted to cook it," said Ken Ubben of Curtiss' monster fish. "But I said, 'you're taking it to town.'"

Curtiss followed Ubben's advice and is taking the trophy fish to the taxidermist.

"It's built like a big king," said Ken Ubben.

One onlooker, Sheetrock Tom, couldn't believe his eyes.

"That's never going to be beat, ever," he said.

<>The Arctic Sounder