Minnesota Master Angler - Brady Baxter


Brady Baxter did, on June 7, 2020, caught and Released by sportfishing method from Minnesota waters a 53" Muskellunge and is hereby recognized as an official Minnesota Master Angler.

Fish Catch Details

  • Angler Name: Brady Baxter
  • Angler Home: Hawley, MN
  • Date of Catch: June 7, 2020
  • County: Becker
  • Lake/River: Detroit Lake
  • Species: Muskellunge
  • Size: 53"
  • Catch Was: Released
  • Catch Story: I was out Walleye fishing with a friend in early June--the weekend of Muskie opener. We were both using medium rods with 8 lb. line to snap jig small sucker minnows on a 1/16 oz jigs. I got a bite, so I set the hook. It was odd. What felt like an average bite turned into what felt like a snag. I knew the area well though and there was nothing to get snagged on other than a few few lone Hydrillas. No, this felt like a log! Before long, it moved and I caught a glimpse of the monster as it emerged near my boat. It was the biggest fish I had ever seen in my life, and in it's mouth was small Pike! I had caught the Pike first, and the Muskie (almost instantly) attacked the Pike. 5 minutes later, after rising and diving multiple times, I a landed a 53" Muskie...on 8 lb. line!! A once in a lifetime experience, for sure. After a quick picture, she went back into the water and swam away. What a catch!!
  • Witness Name: Jason Hanson
  • Witness Home: Fargo, ND

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