RUHS Graduate Lands Record-Sized Kingfish

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Sports / Aug. 6, 2009 12:00am EDT

RUHS Graduate Lands Record-Sized Kingfish

"Kingfish Josh" Slayton holds the biggest kingfish on record at a St. John's contest. Slayton, the son of Chris and Jean Slayton of Randolph center, is a 1999 graduate of Randolph Union High School."Kingfish Josh" Slayton holds the biggest kingfish on record at a St. John's contest. Slayton, the son of Chris and Jean Slayton of Randolph center, is a 1999 graduate of Randolph Union High School.

Joshua Slayton, 1999 RUHS graduate, is now being called “Kingfish Josh” where he now lives—on St. John in the U. S. Virgin Island.

Slayton last month won the Northside Kingfish Tournament and landed the winner. The kingfish, which weighed in at 58.78 pounds, not only won the contest, but it was the largest catch in the 21-year history of the tournament.

With the big catch, Slayton won a trophy, $2500 in cash, and other prizes.

According to the website On-stjohn.com, Josh, who captains his own boat, Lion-in-da-Sun, was out with his friend, Captain Chris of World Class Anglers, to whom he modestly gives most of the credit for knowing where to find the big guys.

The website gives the following account:

At the weigh-in at noon, they were the last fish on the scale.

“They acme over and cut open the belly right away to see if we had stuffed it full of bowling balls, and Chris offered up his own personal knife for them. We had nothing to worry about of course,” Josh said. “It was such a great feeling to have people walk up to our fish and hear them call out to their friends to come down and look at it because it was so big.”

The crew won the Best Female Anglers as well, after Tarn Hildreth caught the most fish by weight of any other female.

“Chris and I made up the lure two days earlier specifically to catch Kingfish for the tournament,” said Josh. “ We made it from scratch and painted it ourselves. Of course I can’t tell you how we did that—trade secrets and all.”

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