Dueling Record Muskies

Two days. Two huge muskies. And one IGFA all-tackle (length) world record that is now up in the air.


On December 2, angler Matt Forjohn of Ambler, Pennsylvania caught a muskie while fishing on the St. Lawrence River off of Carleton Island. Forjohn, who was aboard a charter boat at the time of the catch, managed to get the huge fish into the boat, where it was measured with the official IGFA measuring device. When all was said and done, the fish measured in at 130 centimetres (51.18 inches) – two centimetres longer than the current record.

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Matt Forjohn holds up his potential record muskie.

With the help of guide Capt. Bob Walters, Forjohn submitted photos of his catch to the IGFA, where it is now in the process of being declared a record.

However, the story doesn't end here.


Just two days later, on December 4, the St. Lawrence produced another massive muskie when Mark Carlson - who, coincidentally, holds the current IGFA world record for muskie - landed the 56-inch behemoth (that you can see at the top of this article) while fishing in the Gananoque section of the river. This fish would not only shatter his previous record catch, but also Forjohn's pending record.

That is, of course, if the IGFA approves it. And here’s where things get a little fuzzy. According to Carlson, a completely accurate measurement of the fish wasn't able to be taken, due to its size and the fact that it was thrashing violently. He’s submitted the paperwork to the IGFA, so we'll keep our ears open for which fish is declared the new world record for all-tackle (length).

The complete story can be found here.


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