The enormous muskie, caught fishing in a walleye tournament, is the surprise fish of a lifetime

Mike Hall caught and released the fish of a lifetime, a 55-inch muskie caught while prefishing in Green Bay for the AIM Pro Walleye Series tournament.

The fun began when “her planer pulled Minnow's Flicker No. 9 disappeared,” emailed Lou DiNicola, a fellow member of the Libertyville Fishing Club. “Mike immediately realized it was not a hindrance and after 20 minutes he arrived at the planer. Mike finally caught and released this 55-inch, (estimated) 50-pound musky. Biggest fish Mike has ever caught and he has caught some monsters!”

Hall, a battalion chief with the Libertyville Fire Department, is the son of the late Jay Hall, who founded LFC in 1979.

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