Idaho angler breaks state record with monster pike
· Mar 28, 2023 ·

Dude, look at this fish!

That's one big momma!

And It's a new state record in Idaho.

The record fish weighed a whopping 40.76 pounds, was 49 inches in length and 26.5 inches in girth – a true monster of a fish!

What a catch!

I'll let Thomas Francis tell you the story:

"When my lure hit the water, I let it sink all the way to the bottom. As soon as my lure hit the bottom, I felt her hit. I fish with 80 pound-test line, and she almost immediately started peeling drag, a lot of it," said Francis.

"Peeling drag" basically means that the fish is pulling out line from your reel.

He knew right away it was a monster.

"She pinned herself to the bottom and just kept going, peeling drag the whole time. I knew that wasn't normal, and I could tell it was something special."

After peeling drag for a while, the behemoth changed her tactics.

"Suddenly I got slack line, as she was coming straight up from the bottom. She came flying out of the water, and it was obvious she was a huge fish," recalled Francis.

When he finally landed the lunker, the dude said he knew he had a state record fish, or at least a close contender.

"I immediately headed for the dock to try and find a boat with a scale and tape measure. We found a boat with a scale, and the fish pegged the scale out at 30 pounds, so we knew we needed to find a bigger scale."

Eventually, he did find a bigger scale, which was the moment Francis realized he'd broken the Idaho state record.

And to that I say congratulations to you, Mr. Francis!

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