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Good ole time on Harriet!

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So I finally drag my buddy (who fishes about once every 2 years) out to Harriet with me tonight to try to tangle with some bass. We are throwing plastic worms and about an hour into our adventure he yells "I've got something on! It feels big!" Sure as hell a couple seconds later it jumps out of the water and its a musky! He's got about the most lightweight rig on as you can imagine and this thing looks like its about to snap his rod. After jumping about 4 times and thrashing around for a good 5 minutes or so the musky was finally getting worn out. Unfortunately we didn't have a net at all (as we were expecting some small bass) so one of us was gonna have to go in and get it. Since he had the rod (and camera phone) in his hands I jumped in to get it off the hook and above the water for a quick pic. Meanwhile a group of about 10 people from the walking trail have gathered around us to watch while I'm chasing around this musky in the shallows. Finally got ahold of the bugger and pulled it out of the water just long enough to get a quick picture (see below). I thought he'd be too exhausted to swim off right away so I held him in the water for a bit but he was pretty antsy and took off with plenty of energy so I'm almost positive someone else will have the joy of hauling him in again someday. We went out hoping to catch a bass or two and ended up with a story that we'll be telling years from now. What a time!

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awesome fish! i love fishin harriet for muskies.great lake

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That has happened to me bass fishing the MPLS lakes a couple times. Always a nice surprise. cool.gif

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Very cool! Harriet gave me my first legal musky of my life. This was years ago, and I was doing the same thing you were-throwing a plastic worm for bass. It was a knee shaker for me.

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Great story, and nice work on the catch and release.

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