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St. Lawrence River muskie caught by New York angler is new C&R world record

Derek Balmas, of Franklinville, in western New York, holds up the new catch-and-release world record muskie he caught last fall in the St. Lawrence River, near Clayton. Balmas’ friend, Mike Muehlemann (l), of Liverpool, looks on. (Photo by Capt. Bob Walters)
It’s official! Derek Balmas, of Franklinville, N.Y. in Cattaraugus County, is now the proud holder of a world record muskellunge. His 135 centimeter (53.149-inch) St. Lawrence River muskie that he caught Nov. 8, 2022, out of Clayton is now the new world record catch-and-release muskie (based on length) through the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). If you are thinking how can a 53-inch fish be a world record, IGFA requires the measurement to take place from the tip of the nose to the inside fork of the tail. The final reading was 135 centimeters – a new record.
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