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An ice-fisherman is in hot water after lying about where he caught his potential record-breaking trout.
Rob Scott of Crane Lake, Minn. landed a 52-pound, 3-ounce monster after an hour-long fight that took place above and below the ice of Lac la Croix on Feb. 8. Following the epic battle, Scott, 65, took the behemoth to a taxidermist in Duluth to be weighed, measured and stuffed.
News of the monster fish got out and Scott’s story made headlines in the Star Tribune. This caught the attention of Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in Aitkokan, Ontario who recalled checking Scott’s fishing license on the Canadian side of Lac la Croix on the day of his catch. When the officers checked on Scott he had just caught a 4-pound trout. Officers investigated the matter and, when confronted, Scott admitted that he caught his potential record breaker fish after the officers had left him. He stated that he was so high on adrenaline that he wasn’t thinking straight when he gave the smaller fish to another angler and hauled his prize catch about a hundred feet back across the border and into the U.S. via snowmobile. [ Read Full Post ]
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In the wake of last weekend’s Bassmaster Classic, a couple of angling axioms merit attention. First, muddy water doesn’t necessarily flush the whole party. We’ve all heard about the big storm that blew across Lake Guntersville and turned a lot of the common fishing areas to chocolate milk. But as the new champ Randy Howell and several others demonstrated, you can’t let adverse conditions doom your day.
We won’t rehash all that’s been reported, but it’s worth noting a few points relevant to, not only the recent Bassmaster Classic, but muddy water and spring conditions anywhere.
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Talk about a frying pan-sized panfish! According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, a pending world-record redear sunfish was hauled out of Lake Havasu, weighing in at a whopping 5.78 pounds, and breaking the previous record of 5.55 pounds. [ Read Full Post ]
It was most definitely a Classic! Forget the Olympics (and the twin U.S. hockey team disappointments). Forget the Daytona 500 (and its 9 p.m. start time). ‘Merica was most definitely on display this past weekend in Birmingham, Ala., as bass fishing fans of every age and from every corner of the globe gathered for the Bassmaster Classic which took place on Lake Guntersville. And what a Classic it was.
With the Birmingham convention center packed with a rollicking capacity crowd, hometown favorite Randy Howell popped a 29-pound, 2-ounce bag of bass on the final day of the tournament to edge out Connecticut angler Paul Mueller by a pound.Howell was in 11th place, 9 pounds behind the Day 2 leader Edwin Evers, going into the final day—the biggest final-day comeback in the history of the Classic. It is Howell’s first Classic title.
“It was the biggest bag of fish I’ve ever caught in a tournament in my career,” a tearful Howell said after his win. “To do it in the Classic is just plain unreal.” [ Read Full Post ]
You don't have to wait until June for the fishing to get good. With the right tactics, you can have consistent success on the most popular freshwater species. Here's how to find and catch early-season bass, walleye, and crappie.
Illustrations by Pete Sucheski
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The spool on Rob Scott’s tip-up rattled furiously, down to the knot on the spool by the time he ran over to the tripped flag. Scott, from Crane Lake, Minnesota expected a lake trout when the flag went up on an out-of-the-way spot on the ice at Lac La Croix.
But, he didn’t expect the beast that came through the ice hole – a 45-inch long, 52-pound 3-ounce laker that blew away the previous ice caught lake trout record of 40 pounds.
Scott dropped a dead shiner a foot off the bottom in 55 feet of water at roughly 1 p.m. when the flag tripped. According to the Duluth News Tribune, Scott said, “He was in deep-water mode for the first half-hour.” [ Read Full Post ]