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Rapid City man lands Michigan record muskie

Rapid City, Mich- On Sept. 27, avid muskie angler Kyle Anderson
caught the new Michigan state-record Great Lakes muskie from Antrim
County’s Torch Lake. The muskie officially weighed 50 pounds, 8
ounces, and was 561/8 inches long, with a 27-inch girth.

Anderson, 30, was trolling three lures in 40 feet of water when
the fish hit at 7:50 a.m. The muskie ate a 9-inch Musky Magnet –
hand-made by Kermit Good, from the greater Detroit area.

It was being pulled closest to the boat, within the motor’s
propellor wash, 50 feet back.

Anderson, no stranger to catching big fish – this was his 11th
muskie over 50 inches – has been targeting muskies exclusively
during the past seven years, and this was his 70th esox to
date.

“I’ve put in a lot of time in those seven years, fishing nearly
every day,” Anderson said. “I’ve now logged more than 4,500 hours
of muskie fishing, and my GPS mileage … has rolled twice. That’s
over 25,000 miles.

Anderson has no car, and uses his boat to travel the two blocks
downstream from where he lives on the Torch River to work at Luhrs
Landing Marina.

“If there’s anybody who deserves to catch this fish, it’s Kyle,”
said fishing buddy Alex Lafkas, of nearby Traverse City. “He puts
in a ton of time chasing these things.”

Anderson fishes nearly every day before and after work, and on
all the lakes in the Chain-of-Lakes that Torch is a part of,
including Elk Lake, Lake Skegemog, Clam Lake, Lake Bellaire, and
the connecting river systems.

The record fish was caught in a trap net this past May during a
muskie survey the DNR is conducting with the University of
Michigan.

Because the fish was so big – and so full of spawn – she was not
officially weighed at the time of the capture.

“But we estimate this fish was at least 5 pounds heavier than
what she officially weighed in on Sunday,” said DNR fisheries
biologist Nicholas Popoff, of the Charlevoix research station.

Before the fish was released, it was implanted with an acoustic
(radio) transmitter, which the fish still has inside her.

Anderson’s catch beats the old Great Lakes muskie record, a
48-pounder caught by Charles S. Edgecomb in Lake Skegemog in 1984,
by 2 pounds, 8 ounces.

It’s .75-pounds larger than Michigan’s northern muskie record of
49.75 pounds, which was caught in Thornapple Lake by John Geml in
2000.

Anderson’s fish should set the line-class world-record for
50-pound-test once it has been certified.

The state-record tiger muskie, (a muskie/northern pike hybrid)
was caught in 1919 from the Upper Peninsula’s state boundary water
Lac Vieux Desert.

That fish, caught by John A. Knobla, tipped the scales at 51.19
pounds.

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