album showcases my personal records of trophy fish I have caught
over the years. Most of them have been released.
June 26, 2010
1 lb., 2 oz.
Location: Lake Vermilion
June 21, 2011
Location: Lower Manitou Lake
#5 Mepps Aglia (GLO
before dinner my brother and I decided to venture into a small
bay and fish for northern pike on Lower Manitou Lake. I was
casting a Mepps
#5 Aglia over submerged cabbage bed when a big fish hit my spinner
so hard the water boiled around it. I set the hook and connected.
As the line moved left I could feel my heart pulse racing as I was anticipating what this fish might be. The fish swam and stayed
deep for a good couple minutes. I thought to myself that the fish I was battling was too big to be a bass, and no chance it could be a walleye. Thinking ahead, I glanced over to see how big a net we had in the boat. I thought "Oh my gosh" we only have a small
bass net! No way we could land
this beast. After about a three minute battle and some big runs
underneath that had me circling the boat the fish slowly came
to boatside. It was a Big Musky!! An said "screw it with the net." He then got over to the side of the boat, reached over and with his arms
cradled the monster into the boat. We laughed in joy and I was
almost crying in tears. The fish measured 50 1/4 inches! We released the
fish after a few quick photos. It was a memorable day!
Date: June 4, 2011
Location: McMahon Lake
Mister Twister 3" Curly Tail Grub (White)
friend and I fished McMahon Lake for the first time early morning.
We approached a patch of reeds and I made a cast with a 3"
white curly tail grub towards the edge. About two cranks of the
reel handle I had an instant hit and set the hook. The fish fought
hard and stayed deep for about a minute. When the fish finally surfaced,
I was very surprised and excited to see that it was a big walleye.
The funny thing is my friend had one of those small hand held nets
and I had no idea how he was going to get the fish into it. After
a short battle, he put his net in the water and scooped the big
fish with its tail dangling out of the net. We laughed. It was a
Date: August 28, 2007
Location: Moose Lake
Mister Twister 5" Curly Tail Grub (Pumpkin
fish was featured on Kent Hrbek Outdoors on Kare 11
and printed in Star Tribune "Fish Tale" Outdoor Section
(Wednesday, May 7, 2008).
fish also earned me the Grand Prize Winner in the BoatU.S. Angler
"Bass of the Month" Fishing Contest for the month of September
in-depth story of this smallmouth tale, click
Date: June 2, 2012
Location: Spring Lake
1/2 oz. Rat-L-Trap (Orange
fishing partner and I fished for bass on a recent outing. We fished
early morning and caught a few small ones. At about 8:45 we approached
the mouth of a creek. I made a cast with a crawdad-colored Rat-L-Trap.
Two spins of the reel handle and "BAM" the big bass
slammed it! I set the hook and the bass leaped into the air! The
fish peeled line burying itself in a bed of weeds. I was able
to pull the fish out and my buddy landed it shortly thereafter.
A quick photo and the fish was released. It was a terrific day
on the water!
Although not my personal best, I hooked into this girthy beast on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee upon arrival to camp in March 2017. I didn't get a measurement on her but guessing it was around 21".
Date: March 25, 2017
Approx. 21", 6-7 lbs.
Location: Kentucky Lake
1/2 oz. D&M Custom Piranha Swim Jig
May 11, 2002
2 lbs., 10 oz.
Location: Prior Lake
Lure: Mister Twister 3" Sassy Shad
photo was taken by Mike Kurvers of MK Fishing and printed in Burnsville