Getzler was fishing with two friends, and the three immediately recognized that they had a big fish on their hands. After a few photos, they headed into Baudette, Minn., to have the catch weighed on a grocery-store scale. A DNR employee happened to be in the store at the same time and took an official weight and measurements. The fish came in at 33 inches long and had a girth just shy of 24 inches. The previous state record eelpout, caught in Lake of the Woods, in 2012, weighed 19 pounds 8 ounces. In an interesting twist, that same DNR employee also was in the store when the previous record-holder brought in his catch.