Giant muskie comes back for seconds
By Eric Morken / Forum News Service
Seven-year-old Nolan LaMere got a second chance at a fish of a lifetime and made good on it from his dock on Lobster Lake the weekend of October 18.
Nolan’s mom and dad, Annie and Ryan LaMere, own a cabin on Lobster Lake but live in the Twin Cities area. They were at the cabin and getting ready to leave for home when Ryan says Nolan came running up to him after fishing from their dock.
“[He] came rushing up to the cabin saying, ‘I had a muskie on, Dad. I had a muskie!’ ” Ryan said. “He was out of breath and in a panic. He went on to tell me that a boat saw him reeling it in and came in to help him net it. As they were on their way in to help, he lost the fish.”
That would be the end of it on most days, but Nolan’s older sister, 9-year-old Bella, came running up to the cabin about 15 minutes later to say they had seen the muskie again from their dock. Four-year-old Natalie and 3-year-old Benjamin joined the family down at the water to get a look.
“We looked out about 20 feet from the dock and could see the muskie swimming in the weeds,” Ryan said. “I brought a muskie pole and lure and started to cast out to it. The muskie wanted nothing to do with it.”
That’s when Nolan had a better idea. He held up a jig that was tipped with a rubber tail and told his dad the fish would like that better.
“He cast it out on a normal pole and line and sure enough the muskie struck again,” Ryan said. “This time, we were prepared with the net. He reeled it in on his own and got it right up to the dock and we were able to net it. Unbelievable.”
Ryan said the muskie measured 50 inches. They didn’t weigh the fish but Nolan couldn’t lift it. Ryan held it up for some pictures while Nolan stood beside him before they released it back into the water.
“I told Nolan [the fish] needed to get bigger,” Ryan said. “We will be getting a replica mounted for him. I cannot believe he was able to get this fish in.”