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What Happens After You Catch a State Record Muskie—Including Video of the Release


As reported by Field & Stream on Monday, Luke King, 27, caught a new state-record muskie in the highlands of West Virginia over the weekend. Smashing the old record by over 11 pounds, the 55-inch beast was a once-in-a-lifetime haul. But what happens after you’ve landed a record-breaking fish? Well, let’s say that King’s weekend didn’t quite go as planned. 

It all started with the catch, of course. King got up early on Saturday. It was his first day off from the West Virginia Department of Highways in two weeks due to recent snowstorms. He thought he’d fish his favorite stretch of the Little Kanawha River for a bit and then go grocery shopping. 

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