When the excited fisherman marched through the emergency rooms door with his 35-pound Mackinaw, hospital staff directed him to a scale that's normally used to weigh newborn babies. A half dozen doctors and nurses gathered around to watch the weigh-in. "One of the nurses is married to a guide who fishes the lake, so she knew the exact weight we were looking for," Colyar says. The crowd watched the digital readout zoom to 25, 30, 35 pounds. "When it hit 35 it stopped, and my heart just sunk," he recalls. "I said, 'Oh, so close.'" Then the readout started to move again. "When it stopped at 35 pounds, 10 ounces, a big cheer went up."