‘Fish of a lifetime’ Caught by two Fishing Friends

The 40 inch, 20 Pound Trout was Caught on Skaneateles Lake

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Mike Cook and Kevin Blewett, two fishing buddies were out looking for a good catch on Sunday morning on Skaneateles Lake, New York. They started trolling the lake in Cook’s bass boat around 5 in the morning, hoping to get a good catch – around 15 – 18 inch trout which is common in Skaneateles Lake. When they reached near the Five Mile Point on the east side of the lake, they realized they have come across a big fish. Cook immediately handed over the rod to Blewett, who fought the fish and Cook started reeling in the other lines to avoid any tangling. As they tried to bring it over, they realized what monster of a fish it was! The huge fish did not even fit their net but after some struggle, the pair ultimately succeeded in bringing the 40 inch, 20 pound trout onboard.

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It wasn’t until the 40-inch, 20-pound trout surfaced that they realized what a “monster” it was, Cook said.

“It didn’t even fit in the net,” Cook recalled. “We just bear-hugged it in the boat.”

Cook and Blewett had fished the lake for years, but they’d never caught anything as big as what Cook called “the fish of a lifetime.”

“Every few years we seem to hear of a mythical giant lake trout from the depths of Skaneateles Lake,” said Cook, of Oswego. “I guess it was our turn.”

Only the front half of the trout fit in the net, so Cook and Blewett knelt down and pulled the slippery fish in by hand.

They snapped pictures and tried for about 20 minutes to revive the fish, but it was too far gone.

They split the filets.

“It was a team effort,” Cook said.

Author: Glenn Coin

Link to the original article: www.syracuse.com

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