Modern Day Muskellunge World Record Keeping

Category: press release

 Apr 2nd, 2006 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Apr 2nd, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Modern Day Muskellunge World Record Keeping ProgramWe are beginning a new chapter in muskellunge history; that of establishing a highly verified International program for keeping muskellunge, and tiger hybrid muskellunge, modern day world records. Due to problems with regard to historical muskellunge records, and due also to the fact that some current record keeping rules preclude several legal, legitimate and often used methods of angling employed by todays muskellunge anglers. It has been decided to begin a Modern Day Muskellunge World Record Keeping Program. This is in no way intended to be derogatory to the other record keeping programs, but rather a program designed for todays muskellunge anglers, by todays muskellunge anglers, to keep verified, credible and obtainable records for our favorite species and hybrid.An old angling cliché says; There is no faster way to be called a liar than to claim you just caught a record fish; and that is certainly true, for the history of fish records is replete with false claims, distortions, lots of unverified assumptions and indeed even some fraud.All-tackle records for top game fish like muskellunge, smallmouth bass, walleye and largemouth bass have at one time or another been under a cloud of suspicion. Some have even been repudiated and disqualified. In the case of many old record fish, photos and mounts themselves, never did, or no longer exist. Also, the scales used usually were not verified by todays standards. Even testimonies about the catch by other individuals regarding the length, girth, weight, etc. can be under suspecion.The problem of these old or even some more recent day records is that none have been tested utilizing the great technology available to us today. For example electrofloresis can tell you many things about the origins of the fish. DNA also is a tool that didn’t exist that many years ago. All this being said, does not make any or all of these old records false. The problem is that many can not be verified by modern technology, and that is the crux of the problem.By establishing a new set of standards which are verifiable, all questions, problems and arguments that arise because of the lack of verification evaporateThese old unverified records need not be lost to posterity. They indeed can go into a special category of Historical and Legendary fish.Many very high profile and well respected members of the muskellunge community, from both sides of the United States and Canadian border, have signed on to be a part of the Committee that has developed and will oversee this program. The Committee will consist of both a Working Group and an Advisory Review Group. All will review potential record applications.Our Committee consists of:Peter J. Barber, Treasurer, Muskies, Inc. InternationalJoe Bucher, Editor Emeritus Musky Hunter Magazine & Legendary Hall of Fame Muskie AnglerSteve Budnik, Past President and Research Committee Chairman, Muskie’s, Inc.InternationalJim Bunch, Chairman, Muskie’s, Inc. Members Only Fishing Contest & Muskie magazine Lunge Log EditorJohn Casselman, Ph. d., Adjunct Professor, Queen’s University, Department of Biology, Senior Scientist Emeritus Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Applied Research and Development Branch, Member Muskie’s, Inc. & Muskies Canada Rich Delaney, President World Record Muskie Alliance & Member Muskie’s, Inc.Terrie DuBe, Muskies, Inc. International Secretary & Professional Muskie Tournament AnglerBrad Latvaitis, American Fisheries Society (AFS) Fisheries Professional Emeritus Owner, Environmental Solution Professionals; Enshrined, Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame 2006, Muskie Historian & Researcher,Contributing Editor Musky Hunter magazineMike Lazarus, Member Muskies Canada & Ontario and Quebec Muskie Guide Ron Lindner, Publisher Emeritus In-Fisherman Communications Network & Hall of Fame AnglerPete Maina, General Manager/Co-owner Esox Angler magazine; Contributor Wisconsin Sportsman magazine & member Muskie’s, Inc.Diana Mindar, Member Muskie’s, Inc. International Board of Directors & Professional Muskie Tournament AnglerJerry Newman, Founder World Record Muskie Alliance, Member Muskie’s, Inc, Muskies Canada & The International Game Fish Association (IGFA)Steve Pallo, Management Programs Section Head Illinois Department of Natural Resources-Fisheries, American Fisheries Society (AFS), Certified Fisheries Scientist, Past Director-Research Muskies, Inc. International, Past Chair AFS Esocid Technical Committee, Life Member of Muskie’s, Inc, Co-Chair of Fisheries Habitat Committee Muskie’s, IncGord Pyzer, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (Ret.) Kenora, Fishing Editor, Outdoor Canada Magazine, Field Editor, In-Fisherman Magazine and Television Co-Host, The Real Fishing Radio Show, President, Canadian Angling Adventures Ltd. & Outdoor Editor/Columnist, the Kenora Daily Miner and News, the Fort Frances Times, Just Fishing and GrainewsLarry Ramsell, Research Editor Musky Hunter magazine, Muskie Historian, Dual Hall of Fame Muskie Angler, Past President, Muskies, Inc International, Former Representative International Game Fish Association (IGFA), Former World Secretary National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame (NFWFHF) & Former World Record Advisor NFWFHF Jim Saric, Editor/Owner Musky Hunter magazine, Contributing Editor Fishing Facts magazine,Contributing Editor, MidWest Outdoors magazineSteve Sarley, Host of CLTV’s The Great Outdoors television program – 2002 to 2005, Host of The Outdoors Experience radio program on Chicagos NewsTalk 560 AM WIND 2003 to present, Weekly columnist for Shaw Newspaper’s Northwest Herald, Kane County Chronicle and other Shaw daily newspapers, Monthly columnist for MidWest Outdoors magazine – 1996 to presentTim Simonson, Fisheries/Lake Sampling Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Spokesman & Co-chair State Musky Committee, Wisconsin DNR Marc Thorpe, Past President Muskies Canada & Ontario and Quebec Muskie GuideSteve Worrall, Owner Mukie First Internet Website & Member Muskie’s, Inc.The bar has been set at 60 pounds (27.22 kilograms) minimum for initial muskellunge application, to prevent numbers of large muskellunge from being kept just to set a record. Hybrid minimum for application is 40 pounds (18.14 kilograms), since the two largest verified hybrids caught in the past 55 years were 40 pounds and 40 pounds 2 ounces. With these weight criteria, few fish will be ever be kept for record purposes. This new beginning will constitute a highly credible “International” program with realistic and obtainable minimums as a starting point, and very credible, but attainable records once they are established.After a presentation to the International Board of Director’s of Muskie’s, Inc. on April 1, the Muskie’s, Inc. International Board of Director’s voted overwhelmingly to endorse and support this program.The committee will proceed based on the overwhelming International support that we now have, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in advance for their support and cooperation in the establishment of this great new muskellunge world record program. We sincerely believe that its time has come, and that with this great International mix of committee members from both the angling and scientific world of the muskellunge, it will be welcomed and accepted by the world’s muskellunge anglers!For more information, Contact: Larry Ramsell, Committee Chairman, 10907 N. County Road S, Hayward, WI 54843. Phone: 715-462-9880 or email: [email protected]

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