This fish is simply out of this world huge! I don't know what else to say about it other than it is a freak of nature. So the story goes something like this. Last friday night a great muskie client of mine named John decided to bring his son and God daughter out to the house to try for some eyes. The bite was slow to say the least, but we did have one battle with a big walleye before they left for the night, but lost it before we could get a sighting of it. Was it this beast??? I do not know, but it was another large walleye. So our evening went on until we had to pull the plug around 9:30. I escorted them to shore and left the house to return to clean up. Once I got back I was feeling lazy and decided to just hit the sack. Before I did that I spent some time figuring out the timer on my camera. Since I virtually never fish by my lonesome, I have never used this option, but felt that I should figure it out in case I land a whopper. I dozed off, and within the first half hour this giant of a fish came up the hole. It was so ungodly fat and wide that it barely fit through the 9 inch hole. As I was telling John that night, we were due for one over the 10 pound mark, and it finally happened. This freak measured in at just over 29 inches, but with the insane belly on it and understanding the Tonka eye's for many years, I am going to weigh this pig at somewhere around 11 pounds. The only problem with this whole ordeal was that I couldn't figure out how to position myself in the right spot when the flash went off. I always seemed to cut something out of the picture, but still awesome nonetheless. How did the rest of the night go??? Well, I woke up to 3 more rattle reels dinging away, lost another 5+ pounder under the ice, and pulled the minnow right out of two other fish's mouths. They were just nibbling on it, but that's ok. I did already have pictures of the one that I really wanted. My oh My, what a beauty. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. While most walleye fisherman wouldn't think twice about putting that big girl on the wall, I just didn't have it in me this time to do it. I have two eye's on my wall already, and the next one believe it or not has to be even larger than this one. I hope to let you know if that ever happens, but for now, that freak is still swimming in Lake Minnetonaka. And that is just one way that I love to "Live the Dream!"
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