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    44-Pound Hybrid Is New Idaho Record

    I'm not sure what a "Neon Magic" is, and a Google search yielded few clues. Whatever it is, it impressed a big tiger.


    44-Pound Hybrid Is New Idaho Record

    Idaho’s hybrid muskellunge record was broken August 6 when Edward Kalinowski of New Meadows, Idaho, landed a fish that would be considered a giant anywhere.

    Kalinowski’s musky weighed 44.26 pounds, measured 50 1/2 inches long, and carried a 25-inch girth. It has already been accepted as a new record by the Idaho Department of Fish & Game.

    Kalinowski reportedly caught his musky on a “Neon Magic” lure, on 12-pound test line. The fish was caught from Little Payette Lake.

    Idaho’s previous record for tiger muskies was 38 pounds.

    Tiger muskies are stocked in Little Payette to “control nongame fish,” according to the Department of Fish & Game. Hybrids are also stocked in some waters to reduce brook trout numbers.
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    Did they release it back into the water?

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    Unless he was mailing it back to Little Payette I would say he kept it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blake08 View Post
    Did they release it back into the water?
    Umm ... no, that's a very frozen fish being held by the angler in the photo.
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    That's to bad. A record like that needs to be release IMO. I thought he was holding it at a local bait shop or something my bad.

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    Steve,
    One time I fished with Friend A he was wearing a pink shirt he called Neon Magic.
    Only time I have heard of it.
    Very Nice fish and very heavy for 50.5"
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    Yes it is a little disapointing that the fish was not released. However Hybrids have a very short lifespan, how much longer of a life do you think that tiger had left? a year? doubtfully two? If I was that guy in his position I probably would have done the same thing. Pures are another story. But If I knew and i mean KNEW for a FACT that it was a record fish. I more than likely would have bonked it too. Just being honest
    God, Grant me the serenity to accept the size of the fish I catch, the courage to not lie about it, and the wisdom to know no one would believe me anyway.

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    I hope he's got better picture then this frozen stick.

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    Talked to the angler yesterday and the news release re his fish was in error on the length. The actual and official state record length was 52.5 inches.

    Muskie regards,
    Larry Ramsell

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