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Michigan-caught Great Lakes muskellunge part of best catches contest

Joseph Seeberger (center) caught a state-record Great Lakes muskellunge on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Antrim County’s Lake Bellaire.

Joseph Seeberger of Portage, Mich. (center), displays the 58-pound Great Lakes muskellunge he reeled in during an October 2012 outing on Lake Bellaire. Brother Chuck Seeberger (left) and friend Jason Orbeck (right), both of Battle Creek, were on hand for the big catch.

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has compiled a list of what it considers to be the best record catches of the past year, which includes a world-record Great Lakes muskellunge caught in Michigan. The muskie is part of the IGFA’s 10 of the Best Catches of 2013 effort, which is now asking anglers to vote for their favorites.

The voting contest launched on March 1 at www.igfa.org/contests/AnglersChoice. The catch that receives the most votes will receive the Angler’s Choice Award at the IGFA’s World Record Achievement Award ceremony in April.
Voting takes place until March 31. Voters are limited to one vote per day throughout the month.

The Great Lakes muskellunge was caught on Oct. 13, 2012, on Lake Bellaire in Antrim County. The state record was caught by Joseph Seeberger of Portage, Mich., and weighed 58 pounds and measured 58 inches. It was listed as a world-record catch by the International Committee of the Modern Day Muskellunge World Record Program in February 2013.
It should be noted the muskie is the only fish in the contest that was caught in the United States. Catches were selected based on difficulty of the species, size of the fish, tackle used, and the history associated with that particular record.

The IGFA is an organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.

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Torch Lake Atlantic Salmon recognized as world record

The Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce that the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has recognized an Atlantic salmon caught at Torch Lake in Antrim County last October as a world record for land-locked Atlantics.

The record Atlantic salmon, caught by Indiana resident Tom Aufiero, weighed 26 pounds, 12 ounces. Aufiero, who caught the fish while fly fishing with a shrimp pattern, released the fish after weighing it.

IGFA regulations require that scales used to weigh potential record fish must have been calibrated and certified as accurate within a year of the catch. Aufiero’s salmon was weighed on an uncertified hand-held scale, but the scale was sent to the IGFA, which tested it and certified it as accurate.

The IGFA certified the record March 7, 2011.

“It doesn’t surprise me to see a 26-pound Atlantic come out of Torch Lake,” said DNR fisheries biologist Mark Tonello of Cadillac. “We know Torch Lake is capable of producing big lake trout, big muskies, and last year someone caught a 29-pound brown trout there.”

The previous IGFA all-tackle world record for land-locked salmon was a 24-pound, 11-ounce specimen caught in Sweden in June 2010.

Torch Lake was last stocked with Atlantic salmon in 2008.

For more information about fishing opportunities in Michigan, go to www.michigan.gov/dnrfishing.

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