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A Sportsman's Tale: That's no bass!

A Sportsman's Tale / From Richard Snyder

Todd Aikin and myself launched out of Hamburg early Tuesday afternoon to mess around for a few hours. We were trolling for walleye but catching a bunch of nice smallmouth bass, having a good time, when the next hit came on a blue and silver renosky by Seneca Shoal.

It reeled in like a log until Todd got it close to the boat, then it made three or four runs. The first time I saw it I was like, 'I don't know what it is but it's like 4 feet long." We thought it might have been a sturgeon.

Todd's like, "Get the net."

And I'm like, "What am I going to do, hit him on the head with it?" We only had this little net.

The musky was pretty wiped out when we got it to the boat. Todd's like "Dude, I'm afraid to stick my hand in the water."

We didn't measure it or weigh it and we didn't know you're not supposed to hold it vertically like we did. We got it back in the water and worked to revive it, which took a little while. We looked at the picture later, with its tail on the boat and where Todd's hand was, and estimated it at 53 inches.

Richard Snyder and Todd Aikin reside in Lakeview.

Editor's note: The state record for a musky is 69 pounds, 15 ounces. It measured 64.5 inches and was caught by Arthur Lawton in the St. Lawrence River in September of 1957.


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