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July 17, 2013

USA: possible 72 lb world record muskie released

John Grover, an angler from Green Bay, Wisconsin, caught a monster size muskie.

He was fishing walleyes  when he hooked something notably larger. He fought the 64 inch fish for almost an hour on a 17 pound test line.

After landing it, he landed the fish, measured it, took a few photos, and released it back into the bay.

This fish was 64 inch long with at least a 30-inch girth. The current world IGFA ( all tackle muskie world record is 67.5 pounds set by another Wisconsin angler back in 1949.

While the reported dimensions would put Grover's fish at an estimated at least 72 pound - 32.6 kilo, he cannot submit the catch for consideration because it was never weighed on a certified scale.

“I didn’t really think anything of it when I caught it. I just knew it was big,” Grover told  “To be honest, I don’t fish for muskies, so I just imagined the record fish to be like 70 or 71 inches until I came in to "Smokey" bait shop and talked to him.”

Grover asked Jeff Tilkins, owner of Smokey’s on the Bay Bait Shop, about the size of the muskie mounted on the wall of the bait shop. After finding out that it was a 52-inch fish, Grover casually mentioned that he just caught one larger.

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