I am spoiled. I've said it before, I'll say it again. The past few trips on the water have been very rewarding. Yesterday I started my quest for the record. The "Quest" is my yearly state record muskie chase on Mille Lacs. It happens every year in November and my goal is a 54 pounder (aka: the state record).
My brother joined me last season for his first rush of a 50 pounder boatside. Yesterday, he was the first to hook up. Although it wasn't a 50 pounder, it was the widest, heaviest 47 incher I have ever seen. We accidentally broke the scale before we could get a weight on his fish, but given the extreme girth dimensions I would put this muskie near the 40 pound mark. A true giant with ridiculous width.
Shortly after Adam's catch, my buddy, Matt Hennen, hooked up with his personal best. A monster that fell just shy of 53 inches. Again, another fish that broke the 40 pound mark. This one was around 42 to 43 pounds. Simply ridiculous. Looking at the 2 pictures you can see these fish are each a different strain. The 47 incher was actually a wider, thicker fish head to tail. While Matt's muskie was nearly 6 inches longer, it didn't retain the same build top to bottom. It had a fat belly, but not the same width. If it had the same build of Adam's fish, then we would have been talking about a 50 pounder. Regardless, they were both incredible fish.
A few days prior to this outing, I filmed a tv show with Ron Schara and his daughter Laura. I won't spill the beans on the whole trip, but it was an exciting adventure that I believe you will enjoy watching. You'll be able to catch the action on an upcoming episode of Minnesota Bound. The teaser is a picture of Laura's first muskie. The day prior to our filming, I was out with a muskie man named Jeff, and he also landed a dandy. You might say we've had a good run of luck.
While all of these muskies stories are great, nothing even comes close to what took place on Saturday. I wasn't fishing, but I landed the best catch of my life. I asked my dream woman, Sarah, to marry me, and SHE SAID YES! Woohoo! Life is good. God is good! I am such a blessed man. Until the next incredible moment happens, keep chasing your dream!