In the world of freshwater fishing, few fish are as highly sought after and revered as the muskellunge (Esox masquinongy).
Their explosive strikes, rugged fights and intimidating dentition have allured anglers for years—resulting in an enormous and faithful following of muskie anglers who all share the common goal of catching the biggest muskie ever.
Listed in the gallery below are 10 anglers who met that goal and earned International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) world records on muskie.
However, as this article illustrates more than once, you never know when your opportunity at a record muskie will present itself.
<h2>Dr. Mark E. Carlson</h2>One of the best places in the world to target trophy muskies is Canada’s famed St. Lawrence River system, where the fish seem to consistently grow to enormous sizes. <p></p> Dr. Mark E. Carlson experienced this first hand on December 4, 2013, when he became connected to an exceptionally large specimen while trolling a Legend Perch plug. Even with the heavy tackle he was using, Carlson needed nearly 20 minutes to boat the impressive animal, which measured out to 132 centimeters before being released alive—easily earning him the new All-Tackle Length record. <p></p> Before being released back into the chilly St. Lawrence, Carlson’s fish was tagged for a study being conducted by the Canadian government to learn more about these important predators.