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.”
Scott battled the laker for another 15 minutes before he managed to persuade it into shallower water, when he reached his hand into the hole and gaffed the monster right in the jaw.
“Nothing in my trout vocabulary had ‘release’ in it,” Scott said. Now it stands to be the potential world record lake trout caught through the ice.