By Nick Simonson
THIS IS IT! THE BLACK FRIDAY BEHEMOTH! THE MILLE LACS MONSTER! HOPP’S HAIL MARY!
Here’s the fish that IS BREAKING THE INTERNET, probably because it could have broken the state record – and IT IS EXCLUSIVELY YOURS as a loyal publisher of Our Outdoors! Only I have been granted an interview thus far with the angler who caught this monstrous 56×28.5 inch fish, and you’ve got the scoop as well. So please, get this out and get this week’s column up on all of your media!
Marshall Hopp of Valley City, N.D. (originally, Milaca, Minn.) with the 56×28.5″ muskie he caught on Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, on Lake Mille Lacs trolling a 13 inch Grandma Crankbait.
Hopp works to remove the fluorescent perch patterned Grandma crankbait from the jaw of the massive muskie.
We’re going to need a bigger tape! Prior to release, Hopp’s muskie easily exceeded the 40-inch walleye tape in Johnson’s boat, and the side shot shows just how incredibly thick the fish was.