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Another monster muskie caught at Mille Lacs

MILLE LACS, Minn. -- A muskie caught on Lake Mille Lacs the day before Thanksgiving could have been a world record -- although it'll never be official.

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Dominic Hoyos of Stillwater shows off the monster muskie he called the “Queen of Mille Lacs.’’ The fish was caught on Lake Mille Lacs the day before Thanksgiving with his friend Dean Block of Ramsey. (Submitted photo)

MILLE LACS, Minn. -- A muskie caught on Lake Mille Lacs the day before Thanksgiving could have been a world record -- although it’ll never be official.

Caught by Dominic Hoyos of Stillwater, who was fishing with Dean Block of Ramsay, the fish measured “a touch over 57 inches with a pinched tail” and had a “legitimate 30-inch girth,” said Block.

Hoyos estimated the weight at about 61 pounds.

It was the second monster muskie reeled in on the popular fishing lake northwest of the Twin Cities in November -- prime time for catching the big ones, say fishing officials.  Robert Hawkins, who runs a fly fishing shop, caught a 57 inch long muskie that was 26.5 inches around 16 days earlier. That fish could have been a world record fly fishing muskie, Hawkins thought.

Both of the fish, however, were released back into the water almost right away and never taken in for a certified weigh-in.

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Block and Hoyos labeled the fish “Queen of Mille Lacs” and it just may be the largest fish ever caught on Mille Lacs.

Officially, the state-record muskie was landed in 1957 on Lake Winnibigoshish weighing 54 pounds and measuring 56 inches long with a 27.75 inch girth.

The certified world-record muskie of 58 pounds was caught on Michigan’s Lake Bellaire in October 2013. However,  a muskie fishing website said the current world record muskie sits at 67 pounds, eight ounces, and was caught by Cal Johnson.

By comparison, the Minnesota record walleye was caught in May of 1970 and weighed 17 pounds, measuring 35.25 inches long with a girth of 21.25 inches. It was caught on the Seagull river at Saganaga Lake in Cook County in far northeast Minnesota.

When asked why he didn’t get the fish weighed and certified, Block wrote on the muskie web page, “No, it all happened so fast and it never really sunk in until we were back on shore … and the handshakes and hugs started. But, if we had to do it all over again Dominic and I would still release that fish.”

In describing the muskie catch last week, Block wrote on the muskie posting site,  “Well, I guess it's time to let out the news of a fish that may have made history. On November 25th we were out on the pond trolling in my boat when the clicker went off on my partner’s rod (Hoyos) with a large custom bait at 12:35pm and what we were able to put in the bag was absolutely unbelievable. Weight calculators put her at almost 62 pounds on one formula and high 50s on the other...either way a world record contender for sure.”

The 2015 muskie season ended Tuesday and will reopen June 4.

Block posted a video on Youtube of the release of the monster catch at https://youtu.be/1q2t7rjRyfE

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