By seconds, Robert Peterson boated his personal-best muskie of 44 ½ inches.

He was fishing the Chain O’Lakes with a pink Spanky Baits bucktail (heavier blades run it deeper) when the muskie hit in 6 to 8 feet of water.

I got her to the boat, my buddy [Zack Loth] netted her and then she spit the hooks,’’ Peterson messaged.

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