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Possible state record walleye

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The MN river finally opened up here in the past few days, So I decided to hit a shore spot near a bridge and try to rustle up a few white bass.   There was a nice rocky edge with a current seam and pool that looked tasty.  So I tossed a twister tail on the seam and worked it back.

 

On about my fourth cast, I feel a major slam of my rod.  The tell tale sign of a big walleye nailing it.  I set the hook and felt nothing but weight.  This usually means I snagged a big flathead or carp, yet the jig got hit so I was pretty sure I didn’t snag anything.  I knew right away it wasn’t’ a white bass so the only think I could think was a walleye, pike, or maybe a channel cat.

 

The fish made a couple of good runs, until finally it gave up and let me see it.  I just about passed out when I see its head, so even though the water was about 34 degrees, I had to get a picture of it, so I stepped in to make sure I could get a handle on the beast.

 

By far the biggest walleye I’ve caught and the biggest one I’ve ever seen in person.   I seen a guy riding his bike up on the trail, so I flagged him down to take a pic of me.  I didn’t have a scale, but I did a quick measurement with a tape and it was 36” long with a 21” girth which should put in the high teens and maybe even 20.  I couldn’t believe here I was there looking the state record walleye right in the kisser and nobody was going to believe me.  Of course the fish is out of season so I quietly slipped it back in the water and did a quick fist pump as I watched it swim away.

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Very nice DTro, glad it worked out for you to get a pic of the monster. You gonna do a little more walleye fishin this year?

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that is the worst April Fools picture and story I have ever seen...Good try DTRO!!! lol

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is that a catfish whisker hanging off the back side of its mouth?

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Hahah I'm so gullible before I have my coffee on 4/1. It takes an hour or two for me to program that's its April Fools in my brain.

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The fish is 100% absolutely real.

HAHAHAHA Fish might be real but question is how big is the original before altering?

I have read so many April Fools emails and stories already this morning......love April Fools Day!

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The fish is 100% absolutely real.
"Big fish, your face looks like a photoshop..."

These two statements may be 100% true then! grin

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I figured nobody would believe me...forgot about the day it was. The fish has not been alerted.

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I'm amazed at how many record fish are caught on April 1st every year. Must be a perfect moon phase or something :-P

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Yes he must have had a table saw accident,Seems his little finger on his left hand has been amputated

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the fish could be real...the dimensions given and your face in the picture are not true to that original picture....haha

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