GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) — A couple of Michigan fishermen made the catch of a lifetime.
John Dorosh and his buddy Zack set out on West Grand Traverse Bay, a deep bay of Lake Michigan, on April 24 to go bass fishing, but caught a massive muskie instead.
The Muskellunge measured 51.5 inches long with a girth of 26 inches, according to Dorosh. Often shortened to muskie, musky or lunge, the pair's catch is part of a species of large freshwater fish native to North America.
Unfortunately, their scale only went up to about 30 pounds, so they didn't get an exact weight, but estimated it weighed well over 40 pounds.
Dorosh said the water was clear enough for them to see it about 50 feet down and after about 10 minutes of having it hooked, they got it on the boat.
“Everything about it was pretty lucky, honestly,” Dorosh said. “I mean, there's no reason why we should've even got that fish in the boat, but my buddy, Zack, he got it with his hands and that's how we brought it in; he grabbed it by the tail, hugged underneath it and just kind of threw it in the boat. So, everything about it was pretty unbelievable."
After taking a few pictures and measurements, Dorosh said they threw the fish back in the water because muskie season doesn't officially start until the first week of June.
It's making quite the splash on social media, too. Dorosh added he was shocked that a Facebook post about a fish could generate thousands of shares and likes.