A practice salmon tournament session gave this angler the surprise of a lifetime – a monster 55-inch Lake Ontario muskie!
You just never know what you’ll catch when you head out for a day of fishing. This couldn’t be more true for Mike Decker, who was trolling the waters of Lake Ontario off the Oswego coast on August 5. And what he hooked came as a BIG surprise for the three friends that were onboard the boat that day.
Decker, Brendan Shambo (the owner of the boat), and Nick Overaker were trolling in 90 to 100 feet of water with a Michigan Stinger UV Seasick Waddler lure. They were practicing for the upcoming A-TOM-IK Invitational salmon fishing derby. But what hit the spoon 40 feet down was certainly no salmon!
A monster 55-inch muskie was on the end of the line, and after a tense 10 to 15-minute battle, Overaker finally netted it. “I was worried. They line was frayed. If he shook his head one more time, he would have been gone. He absolutely destroyed the spoon,” Decker said.
Due to a significant loss of blood, from the treble hook ripping into the fish’s gill, the decision was made to keep the fish. It will be taken to a taxidermist to be mounted.
“It’s the fish of a lifetime,” he said. “I’m a salmon, trout, walleye guy. I never fish for muskie. I know they’re big, but I didn’t know they got that big.”
Talk about the catch of a lifetime – as well as one mighty big surprise.