Jim Hejlik, 81, of Fordville, N.D., spent 35 years trying to catch a 50-inch muskie, a goal he finally achieved in July 2018, when landed a 52-inch muskie on a lake north of Vermilion Bay, Ont. (See story below.) He repeated the feat Monday, Oct. 7, when he landed this 52-inch muskie with a 28-inch girth while on a houseboat trip on Ontario’s Lac Seul. Both muskies were released after quick photos. According to a catch-and-release weight calculator on the muskyhunter.com website, a 52-inch muskie with a 28-inch girth would weigh an estimated 50.96 pounds. Yowza!

Do you have a fishing or hunting photo you’d like to share with Herald readers? Send jpeg photos Brad Dokken at bdokken@gfherald.com or mail a photo to Dokken, c/o The Grand Forks Herald, 375 Second Ave. N., Box 6008, Grand Forks ND 58206-6008. Please include the person’s name, town of residence and, if it’s a fish photo, whether the fish was kept or released.

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