Okay, first, to address my cynical (and jealous) co-workers' claims, no I did Photoshop this! :-) Secondly, a great big thank you to my friend Mark Ward (The Captain) for taking an excellent photo. I mean, presentation is everything, right? He posed us well to get an imposing look out of that critter (not that it was tiny by any means). It was a wonderful day off Tuesday, fishing just south of the Narrows on Flathead Lake near the Finley Point area. We started in about 90 feet of water, using a whole-bait setup. That is, a 6-8 inch pike minnow, weighted with sinkers and dropped to the bottom or just off the bottom. When this guy hit I knew it had some size to it. Lots of fight and more time to reel in than I care to admit. And since we forgot a net, landing it added to the adventure.  We measured it at 36 inches and while we didn't weigh it, there was plenty of girth. I'm guessing it approached 20 pounds. I know my arms were getting tired holding it up for just the right photo! We caught a couple more close to this in size range, and while we didn't hook a lot of fish on our six hours on the water, quality definitely won out over quantity. Everybody landed fish, everybody had fun!

Don't forget to enter your favorite hunting or fishing photo this week in KYSS FM's and Cabela's Photo Contest, for a chance to win a $700 Cabela's gift card. All the rules and info you need at kyssfm.com Entry deadline midnight Sunday (August 17) DB


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