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Jeff Massie muskie

Published 08/25/2013, Grand Forks Herald

Jeff Massie of Grand Forks caught and released this 52-inch muskie Aug. 6 on Lake of the Woods. Here’s how Maribeth McGoven (“aka Jeff’s girlfriend/muskie-landing helper,” as she describes herself) describes the encounter: “We were trolling a reef with crankbaits fishing for walleyes when Jeff caught this muskie. Prior to catching this one, he also caught and released a 42-inch muskie. When the walleyes weren’t biting, he wanted to go to another spot to fish. I talked him into sticking around the reef for a few more minutes, which is when he caught this monster! After releasing it, we went to another place and caught our walleyes (and Jeff caught and released a 42-inch northern) — what a day!” Oh yeah, and one more thing, McGoven adds: “The blood on Jeff’s hand in the photo doesn’t belong to the fish. It’s Jeff’s — got a little nicked up pulling this fish into the boat without a net!”

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