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Ice Fisherman Catches Possible Record Lake Trout in Minnesota

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February 19, 2014

Ice Fisherman Catches Possible Record Lake Trout in Minnesota

By Ben Romans

A Minnesota ice fisherman on Lac La Croix caught a lake trout weighing over 50 pounds on February 8, and may wind up in the ice fishing record books.

The Duluth News Tribune says Rob Scott saw the flag on his tip up shoot skyward, but by the time he reached the rig, a monstrous lake trout had taken every inch of the 20 lb. monofilament. What followed was an hour-long tug-of-war match between Scott and the fish.

“In the last few minutes, the trout was coming up. I saw that it had shoulders,” Scott said. “It passed (beneath the hole) just like ‘Jaws.’ All I saw was that eye. I said, ‘All bets are off.’”

In the end, the trout was 45 inches long with a 32-inch girth, and had an unofficial weight of 52 pounds, 3 ounces (according to a handheld digital scale). The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, the agency that monitors ice fishing records, won’t recognize the catch as a record until it’s weighed on an official scale and Scott submits a formal application, though some of his fellow anglers already believe it’s large enough to eclipse the current 40 lb. record set in 1987.

Scott says the word “release” never entered his mind and he plans to take the fish to a taxidermist.

 

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from Blue Ox wrote 8 weeks 6 days ago

You're gonna need a bigger wall...

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from TinEagle wrote 8 weeks 6 days ago

What a beautiful fish!

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from Luke W Sarazine wrote 8 weeks 1 day ago

This is my uncle. Way to go Rob. What a beauty.

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from asrenstrom wrote 7 weeks 6 days ago

Uh oh!

Broke his 1 fish limit with a smaller fish earlier, then gifted to a friend when he caught the record fish. Against the law in Canada, so fish is no longer record keeper. Sad, I actually am on his side that he thought he was ok keeping it and gifting the other, and don't classify him as a poacher or cheater. He was right thinking it wouldn't make it long after a release in those conditions anyways. Hard loss to swallow. Great fish either way

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from asrenstrom wrote 7 weeks 6 days ago

article here

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from asrenstrom wrote 7 weeks 6 days ago

I guess I cant post the article... removed the link. oh well...

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from Luke W Sarazine wrote 8 weeks 1 day ago

This is my uncle. Way to go Rob. What a beauty.

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from Blue Ox wrote 8 weeks 6 days ago

You're gonna need a bigger wall...

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from TinEagle wrote 8 weeks 6 days ago

What a beautiful fish!

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from asrenstrom wrote 7 weeks 6 days ago

Uh oh!

Broke his 1 fish limit with a smaller fish earlier, then gifted to a friend when he caught the record fish. Against the law in Canada, so fish is no longer record keeper. Sad, I actually am on his side that he thought he was ok keeping it and gifting the other, and don't classify him as a poacher or cheater. He was right thinking it wouldn't make it long after a release in those conditions anyways. Hard loss to swallow. Great fish either way

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from asrenstrom wrote 7 weeks 6 days ago

article here

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from asrenstrom wrote 7 weeks 6 days ago

I guess I cant post the article... removed the link. oh well...

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