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    Default So whats a 51"er weigh?

    Made a roundabout trip through the sandhills this past weekend. Fished Merritt, the refuge (that we could get on with the wind without using a big motor) and Calamus. Merritt was very, very slow, at least I thought. Ended up catching one keeper eye, a couple 25-30" northerns, few smallies, and an assortment of small eyes. and below..... no we didnt kill it. We caught a ton of whites and wipers at calamus, but couldnt find a walleye to save our soul.




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    That pike is HUGE!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KING OF SNAGS View Post
    That pike is HUGE!!!!
    I might be wrong but it definately looks like a Muskellunge.....

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    Definitely a muskie! WOW!!!!!!!!!

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    yep its a musky... So you gonna tell us about it or what? find it washed up at merritt?
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    Whoa! Check out the link I posted. Looks like maybe around 38 pounds.

    http://muskie.outdoorsfirst.com/weighit.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by KING OF SNAGS View Post
    That pike is HUGE!!!!
    Haven't caught one before or seen one up close I guessed...

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    Is it just me or is the boat an Alumacraft? Looks just like mine from what I can see.

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    Exceptionally nice musky, catch of a lifetime for just about anyone! Never caught one but would be happy to catch one just half that size. Boat looks like an older Alumacraft Dominator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steveinsene View Post
    Exceptionally nice musky, catch of a lifetime for just about anyone! Never caught one but would be happy to catch one just half that size. Boat looks like an older Alumacraft Dominator.

    Not 100% sure... just piecing things together... I believe the muskie was found dead. Don't think they caught it. I could be totally wrong. Anyways a fish around 40lbs would be a heckuva a catch. Depending upon the weight of the fish when alive it would have been very close to the state record. More than likely just a few pounds short using the link Brad provided.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish4Fun View Post
    Not 100% sure... just piecing things together... I believe the muskie was found dead. Don't think they caught it. I could be totally wrong. Anyways a fish around 40lbs would be a heckuva a catch. Depending upon the weight of the fish when alive it would have been very close to the state record. More than likely just a few pounds short using the link Brad provided.
    I noticed Monday surface temps were in the low to mid 70s and by Thursday afternoon had went up to the low to mid 80s, possibly due to the dead air all week. When I was packing up Friday morning the wind seemed to be returning to a normal south wind. I found a few pike upside down on the surface around the lake Thursday, they all appeared fat and healthy. I think water temps may have been out of the comfort zone for fish hanging shallow. I'm no expert so this is just my theory. I don't think it is anything to worry about.

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    dead for sure!

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    OK, I'll come clean, lol. Yes the fish is dead.....not too often you can hold a 51" musky and mess with people though.........it hadn't been dead very long as it wasn't all that stiff, still had decent color, and didnt smell any different than another other fish you'd hold. Don't know what killed it, could be a number of things and it didnt appear to have any obvious wounds around the face where it could have been caught. Dead or not, its still an eery feeling holding such a large fish like that...just thought I'd share it. And I would guess that weight estimator is pretty close, I estimated it was probably around 40-41lbs.

    Surprised no one gave me trouble about how I wasnt supporting the fish properly

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradh View Post
    Is it just me or is the boat an Alumacraft? Looks just like mine from what I can see.
    It's an alumacraft competitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flatcoats View Post
    OK, I'll come clean, lol. Yes the fish is dead.....

    Surprised no one gave me trouble about how I wasnt supporting the fish properly

    so, you were trolling for trouble?

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    Flatcoats what lake did you retrieve it from? Out at Calamus prefishing for our Walleye Tournament my fishing partner and I bumped a 51" Musky. We actually released it next to the boat since we could not bring it in properly or for that matter safely. Kind of scared to have that SOB in the boat with my female Vizsla. I pictured a pretty good showing of teeth from both the fish and the dog.

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    Sorry, reread and realized it came from Merritt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddogs2 View Post
    Sorry, reread and realized it came from Merritt.

    Mike
    Yes it was Merritt. But did fish Calamus also...kinda jumped around in the original post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassinoutwest View Post
    so, you were trolling for trouble?
    Indeed. haha

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    Would this fish be worth getting a cleithrum bone sample from?

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