60-Inch Musky Caught in New York

HENDERSON — It took a guided charter nearly 40 minutes to reel in a muskellunge nearly 60 inches long.

Captain Gene P. Bolton, of Sunken Treasure Fishing Charters in Henderson, and his deckmate and fiancee, Samantha Cota, took out father-daughter Bob and Stephanie Slater for a trip a few weeks ago. They went out and caught some bass and some perch before heading out to the walleye grounds between Calf Island and Little Galloo Island, near Henderson Harbor.

They fished there for a while and were about to head in when they noticed a big fish was on one of the 10 lines.

“We hit a few bass and a walleye,” Mr. Bolton said, “and then bang, we hit that muskie.”

The muskellunge, muskie or musky for short, is known as the fish of 10,000 casts and is native to North America. Mr. Bolton has caught six in his decades of fishing, four of which were over 45 inches, but what the group he guided caught a few weeks ago was on another level, he said.

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