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Jake Starcevic walleye

Published 04/14/2013, Grand Forks Herald

Jake Starcevic, 6, of Larimore, N.D., caught and kept this 26-inch walleye this past winter while fishing with his dad, Alex, and younger brother Luke, 4, in the family’s permanent fish house on Devils Lake. “A priceless moment for the three of us to have together,” Alex Starcevic writes. “I actually lost what I believe is the same fish twice at the bottom of my hole before Jake hooked him and caught him about 30 seconds later! It was the only the second fish we marked that night and it actually hit my bare buckshot (rattle spoon) the second time I hooked it. I was going to help Jake try to play him, but figured that I already screwed it up twice, so he can have his shot … he sure made it count! Since our family rule is that you decide what to do with your fish, Jake went back and forth between releasing it and keeping it, but ultimately talked me into mounting it for him. How could I say no?”

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