Ed was fishing on Little Payette Lake in Idaho and was trolling a copper spinner (a l trout lure named "Neon Magi") from his 14.5 feet boat when he hooked the monster fish. He fought the fish with a 12-pound-test monofilament line onto his bait-casting reel.
The fish fought for about 15 minutes before was near the boat and only after an other half hours it was boated.
Kalinowski didn't have a landing net so Kalinowki's fishing buddy tried to boat the fish by placing a loop of rope around its tail and lifting. But the rope kept slipping off and the big muskie was unhooked. So both them grabbed an end and lifted it into the boat
One on the shore it was weighted and resulted to be 44.26 lb - 20.49 kg and measured 52.5 inches in length, with a girth of 25 inches. Probably the big muskie was approximately 13 and a half years old because was stocked into the lake in 1999.
The tiger muskie was examined by a fishery biologist with the Idaho Fish & Game Commission before being certified as a new state record.