A Fish of Dreams

Friday, August 5, 2022
42 inches

If anyone was ever to tell me that my biggest freshwater fish, even to this date, would be a Muskie that I caught along a fishing trip that I was invited on by a new friend, I'd be calling bologna!... But here we are... Of course, no one expected me to hook into a 42-inch Muskellunge while fishing for Smallmouth Bass on the Mississippi River, but anyone who knows anything about Muskies would tell you that you'll only ever catch a Muskie when you least expect it!- and boy was I least expecting it!

It took my friend's dad (pictured right) to jump over from one side of the boat to the other, yelling "Holy shit! That's a 40-inch Muskie!" Upon hearing that, I set the hook. The fish was already hooked however, and the true fight began. The adrenaline managed to help the fight last a lot shorter somehow and before we knew it, the "40-inch Muskie" was in the net. We took a few quick photos and took a measurement before I hopped into the water with the fish for the release. The fish swam off strong and rejuvenated, ready to fight another day.

As I mentioned above, to this day, I have not caught a freshwater fish bigger than this Muskie. Of course, this is as of March 5, 2024. Someday my biggest freshwater fish record will fall to an even more impressive fish, but this 42-inch Muskellunge will never fall as a story. This is a moment I will remember for eternity and I just can't wait to go out again. Today, as of writing this, I can't help but think about the fish... beautiful and majestic, peacefully swimming through the shallow weedy current of the upper Mississippi... I can't help but wonder if the Muskie is still out there. I don't know; I may never know, but what I do know is that this Muskie will be an eternal memory. That, or maybe the Muskie is even bigger. That Muskie could still be out there. Maybe... just maybe... could she hit that 50-inch mark...?


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Thanks for sharing, that is a nice muskie.

Thank you so much! They fight outstandingly well! We were all shocked that we managed to land the fish.

Any fish is a fish.