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49 1/4 Muskie
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From Elk River/Bemidji, MN
Posts: 165
I musky fished the Bemidji area all weekend and tied into this fish on Friday afternoon. I caught it right when a front moved in late Friday afternoon and the wind was howling out there. I cut all of the hooks and left the fish in the water after about a 15 minute fight and had it out of the water no longer than 3 minutes and it ended up dying on me after trying to release it for 20 minutes. That put a damper on the deal for me. Saw some big muskies this past weekend but this was the only real action I had.
(The blood on the fish is from my finger gushing all over it.) 49 1/4, 22 girth, 30lbs

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Posted on: 2010/6/21 10:41
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Re: 49 1/4 Muskie
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From central mn
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WOW,what a monster...sure is thick,it will look good on the wall.

Posted on: 2010/6/21 11:01
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Re: 49 1/4 Muskie
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From Hutchinson
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That's a nice fish. Too bad it wouldn't revive for ya.

Posted on: 2010/6/21 11:33
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Re: 49 1/4 Muskie
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From Owatonna MN
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Three minutes! Nice fish an great catch, but she should have never been out of the water for three minutes.

Posted on: 2010/6/21 15:33
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Re: 49 1/4 Muskie
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I said no longer than 3 minutes. I took the length, girth, and 2 pictures and she was back in the water. So my exact time was probably around 1:30 seconds. I'll be more precise next time, it wasn't out of the water too long, I've released 20+ fish and a 52 in 75 degree water and never had a problem.

Posted on: 2010/6/21 15:51
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Re: 49 1/4 Muskie
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From Saint Paul
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It's a fact of life. If you want to fish, you have to expect that some are going to die on you...even after you release them when they appear fine.

By the way, congrats on the toothy monster!

Posted on: 2010/6/21 16:46
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Re: 49 1/4 Muskie
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From Fargo, ND
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Now thats a great looking muskie. Congrats! Are you mounting it or what are your plans?

Posted on: 2010/6/21 17:03
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Re: 49 1/4 Muskie
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From Iron Range, MN.
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Yeah, $#@& happens from time-to-time, especially when fishing for BIG fish like muskies. Nice fish you got there though. Congratulations.

Just curious, did it really take that long (15 minutes) to get it in? Seems like a long time.

Posted on: 2010/6/21 17:29
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Re: 49 1/4 Muskie
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From Minneapolis
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As a muskie fisherman I know it doesn't take much more than a minute to pull one of those tanks in but if you say you've caught plenty and this one didn't survive it's understandable.

1 out of 20 didn't live.....that's a good ratio to me; ultimately you want a 100% healthy release ratio but those treble hooks are not easy to get out of a big one and it happens. Pounder? Super Model?

Beauty of a fish! Honor it by putting it on the wall!

Don't be afraid to use that floating ruler in the water next time too.

Posted on: 2010/6/21 18:29
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Re: 49 1/4 Muskie
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From Elk River/Bemidji, MN
Posts: 165
I'm having it mounted in Bemidji at Natures Imagery (Think thats the name) by the Amigo Theatre on HWY 2.

The reason it took 15 minutes was that wind on Friday. Once he surfaced by the bow of boat after only a couple of minutes of fighting it, he shot under the boat and took me off controlling the boat with the trolling motor. The boat flipped around on me and he was back behind the motor and it was a bad situation. I was messing around getting the line away from the cavitation plate and raising the motor up, etc. I couldn't get him on the right side of the boat because of the wind and he stayed under the boat with the boat dragging over the line. If I was in that situation again I would have raised the back motor up from the bow right away and never gotten off the trolling motor and letted him do his thing until I could get him in the right position for the net. If I ever have a long fight like that again, I'm just going to release the fish in the water and not endganger killing him. That long fight is what did him in and taking him out of the water for what would be a brief time after a normal 3 minute fight is what must have did him in.

It's a different deal when your fishing by yourself in that kind of wind...lessons learned, save the fish next time. Try again this weekend.

Posted on: 2010/6/21 18:37
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