Written by Jen Finn
Beau Gillis landed a 219-pound halibut, fishing solo out of Freeport.
About three years ago, he caught a 240-pound halibut but had to use his hauler to get it aboard. This one he pulled aboard with his own strength.
When he saw the 83-inch fish lying on the deck of his little boat, it was the crowning moment of a great day on the water.
"Fishing is hard, sometimes brutally hard," he said two days later. "But this day there wasn't any work to it. The fish were coming and I was loving it."
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