Once the fisherman realized he had a heavy fish on his line, he sent up a little prayer.

"Lord, help me get this fish in, just help me Lord," he said. That is a prayer common to anglers everywhere whose fishing pole comes alive when a fish strikes.In this case the prayer was answered.

Elton "Corky" Floch landed the fish Saturday, winning the $1,000 first prize in the 1990 Great Snake Lake Steelhead Roundup on the Clearwater River.

Floch, 63, a retired Bonneville Power Administration electrical engineer who now lives in Clarkston, Wash., said he knew he had a big fish on almost immediately after he hooked it.

"He went out a good hundred feet before he stopped. I knew he was heavy then," Floch said. "He repeated it about five times. He turned my boat round 360 degrees about five times."

It took him about 25 minutes to land the 21.6-pound steelhead.