February 22, 2013
Record Fish: Giant Muskie Caught in Michigan Confirmed as World Record
By Chad Love
A Michigan state-record muskie caught last October has now been certified as a world record, reports cbslocal.com:
Joseph Seeberger of Portage landed the fish Oct. 13 on Lake Bellaire, about 25 miles northeast of Traverse City. The muskie weighed 58 pounds, was 58 or 59 inches long and had a girth of 29 inches. The DNR earlier said that the fish had the state record based on weight. Seeberger said he’d been fishing for small-mouth bass with friends when he wasn’t haven’t much luck. He switched to live bait — and that’s when it happened. “About two minutes later I had the fish on,” Seeberger told WWJ Newsradio 950′s John Hewitt.
According to the story, the huge muskie has now been listed as a world record by the International Committee of the Modern Day Muskellunge World Record Program. The committee is a group of muskellunge scientists, industry leaders, anglers and others who track records.