Really big muskie, caught prefishing a walleye tournament, is a surprise fish of a lifetime

Mike Hall caught a monster muskie, while prefishing on Green Bay for a walleye tournament.

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Mike Hall with the monster muskie he caught and released on Green Bay.

Mike Hall with the monster muskie he caught and released on Green Bay.

Provided by Lou DiNicola

Mike Hall caught and released a fish of a lifetime, a 55-inch muskie caught while prefishing on Green Bay for an AIM Pro Walleye Series tournament.

The excitement began when “his planer board pulling a No. 9 Flicker Minnow disappeared,” emailed Lou DiNicola, a fellow member of the Libertyville Fishing Club. “Mike soon realized it wasn’t a snag and after 20 minutes he got to the planer board. Mike eventually caught and released this (measured) 55-inch, (estimated) 50-pound musky. Biggest fish Mike’s ever caught and he has caught some monsters!”

Hall, assistant fire chief for the Libertyville Fire Department, is the son of the late Jay Hall, who founded the LFC in 1979.

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