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Big Muskie on Tonka Post?

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Saw a post a week or so ago re: a big muskie that reportedly was caught on Tonka and everyone was wondering if it was released or not. Some pictures were shown of a large fish being released through 5 or 6 drilled holes. I was looking at Cuffs & Collars in today's outdoor news and apparently the 52"er in question was kept and later seized by a local CO. So evidently those pictures were of someone else... fake pictures on the internet! HA yeah right!

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oh jeesh...here we go again....

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good job dnr! love to hear about poachers getting caught

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I am not sure the guy neccessarily knew he was "poaching" as the regulation changed this year, during the middle of the season. I would think the DNR would have some discretion in punishing a guy who caught a fish out of season, when it was changed as stated. Now if it was released, kept, whatever...the true story will be difficult to nail down. We might just have to put it to bed as a big fish caught without knowing what happened after that. If it was released, great, if it was kept unknowingly and the DNR seized the fish and went easy on the guy, great. Lets not jump to conclusions and automatically assume the guy was targeting a musky out of season because that wouldn't be fair.

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I was emailed a picture of this huge muskie that was caught on Minnetonka, I dont know how to post pictures on here so if you would like to see it post email and I will send. its a 54" and he said it took 20 minutes to bring it up.

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Pretty sure it is the same fish we are talking about. The other thread said any and every number between 50 and 54.

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I was out with my buddy round the holidays and saw a 46" not tail pinched Muskie caught out of Crystal bay.. The guys took cellphone pics and put it back in the hole.. Didnt hardly fight coming up, looked like a leg coming out of hole... Grabbed a tip up set up. NICE FISH!!

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I saw the picture and also heard the the DNR fined the guy. I also heard the season had changed so I went to the DNR website to find the regulation. I looked all over for a statement that the muskie season ended on a date other than 2/24/2008 and I found nothing. I looked a the special regulations page for lake Minnetonka and found nothing. The website even says that these are the most current regulations. How can they ticket a guy if their own rules state that the season ends 2/24/2008. I believe the story is probably true because the DNR's weekly activity posting mentioned a guy catching a 52" muskie on Minnetonka and getting ticketed. Personally I don't think Muskie should be taken through the ice but if the guy was within the rules you can't give him a ticket. The fishing reulations are starting to look like the tax code.

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I stand corrected. It is on the website under this enlightning title:

12/10/07 - Some fishing regulations to change on Dec. 10

It was posted on the site on December 4th. The regulation took effect on December 15th. So you had 11 days to find out, seems kind of bush league by the DNR

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I agree about the fishing regulations. Some are written so ambiguously, and so inconsistently, that reasonable mistakes of interpretation can easily be made. I think the DNR has out-sourced its regulation-writing to drunks housed in the Detox Center of the Ramsey County Jail!

If I was the angler that caught the Muskie, I would would fight the ticket much like fighting the big Muskie itself -- by applying steady upward pressure. I would have told the CO to kiss my @#s! The Muskie that the man caught is his property, and should be fought for by him.

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 Originally Posted By: Macattack
I stand corrected. It is on the website under this enlightning title:

12/10/07 - Some fishing regulations to change on Dec. 10

It was posted on the site on December 4th. The regulation took effect on December 15th. So you had 11 days to find out, seems kind of bush league by the DNR

I agree. Most people are not like us who post and spend a lot of time on the internet. A "normal" guy who reads the regulations booklet is not going to know about reg's changes 11 days after they're announced.

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Like it or not those are the rules. If you catch a musky and then release it no problem. Rumor has it this guy kept the fish and that's against the regs. It may sound unfair with the Dec 10 change but how many fishermen really read the reg's anyway? I know a lot of guys would haven't read them in over decade and just assume everything is still the same. No reason to bash the DNR here and it would also be unfair to bash the guy who caught the fish either. So let's move on.

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