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Darren Troseth of Jordan, Minnesota, might have just caught the largest fish of any species in Minnesota history.
It all started during an ice fishing trip on the St. Croix river. This fish was the first mark they’d seen on the sonar all night. And WHAT a fish.
The video starts with Darren and his friend trying to keep the line from burning into the side of the double hole they drilled. Every time Darren pulls the fish closer to the surface, the fish starts to run again. And no drag in the world is stopping a 100+ pound fish.
At about 3:20, they catch a glimpse of the fish. The real action starts at about 9 minutes.
“Are you kidding me dude? We are not getting him up that hole,” Darren tells his buddy.
Check it out:
After enlisting the help of another nearby angler with a 10″ auger——and drilling three more holes——Darren and his buddy get to work.
Props to Darren’s buddy for getting elbow-deep in that hole.
At the 9:30 mark, they start pulling it out. And they KEEP pulling. For a while.
The final tally was 78″ long and 120 pounds, which should be good enough for largest fish of any species in Minnesota. Incredible stuff!
As for the gear he was using:
Rod: Wolfram Custom 40″ Heavy. Reel: Okuma Ceymar C40. Line: Sufix 40-lb. Lure: Homemade beads with treble hook. Bait: Fatheads and crawlers.
UPDATE: This fish was officially declared the State Record at 78″ on 2/14/19!