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51.0 in. Muskellunge (Muskie) caught by Paul Parise fishing in Wisconsin on 10/06/10

Posted by Dennis Huskins Elite Member over 8 years ago

51.0 in. Muskellunge (Muskie) caught by Paul Parise fishing in Wisconsin on 10/06/10
51.0" Muskellunge (Muskie) caught by Paul Parise fishing on Wednesday October 06, 2010 at 13:15 near Winter in Sawyer County, Wisconsin (WI), United States North America using a a large rubber bait called a Bulldawg

THIS IS SO UNUSUAL I JUST HAD TO PUT IT ON THE SITE FOR ALL FISHING ADDICTS TO SEE AND HE DID CATCH-PHOTO-RELEASE

Paul Parise of Ladysmith caught a rare 51-inch albino musky Oct. 6.

As king of freshwater game fish, the muskellunge is the source of many of angling's most colorful tales.

The stories often originate in Wisconsin. Many have similar themes. Some are even factual.

But in the book of musky, no entry to date, not even those enriched with hyperbole, has harkened as strongly to Melville as one emerging this month from the waters of Rusk County.

It's a story of an outsized white fish, a dedicated fisherman and - in a modern twist - a conservation ethic.

Thankfully, for the benefit of the angler and the public, it's accompanied by photographic evidence.

Paul Parise, 40, of Ladysmith has been a devoted musky angler for the last 30 years.

Like many who hunt the state's waters for muskies, Parise tries to spend as much time as possible on the water in fall. Among anglers, autumn is known as "big fish time," when game fish actively feed in preparation for winter and next spring's spawn.

To top it off, there's typically less angling pressure in fall. And even if the fish aren't biting, there is no better place to view fall color than from the water.

So Oct. 6 found Parise and friend Jerry Plantz fishing on the Thornapple Flowage, a widening of the Flambeau River southwest of Ladysmith.

The Flambeau system is well-known as a top musky fishing destination.

Despite a bluebird sky, Parise boated and released a mid-30-inch musky. A little later, though, he hooked and lost a bigger fish.

He was still feeling a bit disgruntled over the loss of that fish when, throwing a large, rubber bait called a Bulldawg, he had another hit.

Parise felt the weight of a heavy fish and reeled hard. Even this angler with 30 years of musky fishing experience wasn't prepared for what he saw when the fish neared the surface.

"What is that?" Parise exclaimed.

A very large and very white musky rolled near the boat.

The tea-stained water of the Flambeau contrasted with the color of the fish. But there was no denying - it was the whitest musky Parise had ever seen.

He led the fish into the net and measured its length. The musky stretched the tape to 51 inches. Plantz snapped a couple of photos before Parise returned the fish to the Flambeau.

A 50-plus-inch musky is a trophy in anyone's book. But a white musky of that size? How rare is that?

"Quite a fantastic catch," said Tim Simonson, fisheries biologist and head of the musky committee for the Department of Natural Resources. "We don't even have statistics on how rare it is."

From viewing a photo, Simonson identified the fish as an albino. According to most definitions, "albinism is a defect of melanin production that results in little or no color (pigment) in the skin, hair and eyes."

"Albinos stand out in the environment, so it makes it much harder for them to survive, especially as they are growing in the first months and years," Simonson said. "So for one to live long enough to reach 51 inches is incredible."

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Dodd Schermerhorn

now thats what i call a fish!!!!hopefully this year were gonna try muskie fishing up north!!!

Posted by Dodd Schermerhorn Expert Member over 7 years ago

Sean Waters

Nice

Posted by Sean Waters Expert Member over 8 years ago

Sandra Wright

Wow great catch

Posted by Sandra Wright Elite Member over 8 years ago

Richard Duff

my muskie was as white as a ghost/ a guy on some muskie web site where i posted my pic says that in murky water they turn that white do you belive that crap ill send link if you want to let him have it ha yea right what crap even the game warden in va said it was the first hed ever heard of i got my citation and daY IN THE PAPER ,YOURS IS JAWS 2 COMPARED TO MINE 39INCH THEY SHOULD GIVE OUT RARE FISH CITATIONS FOR CATCHES OF THAT SORT .I TOLD THE GUY WHO SAID THERES NO TRUE ALBINO MUSKIES MABE HE TURNED WHITE WHEN HE RELIZED HIS BIG BUTT WAS GETTING DRAGGED TO THE BANK WITH A 2DOLLAR WALLMART LURE ,ANY WAY GREAT CATCH THERE

Posted by Richard Duff Expert Member over 8 years ago

Richard Duff

if you do a albino muskie search only 3 show up yours n other guy how can i get mine on line or could you post it where you did mine was 2nd place state record plus first ever cought in va

Posted by Richard Duff Expert Member over 8 years ago

Richard Duff

i got one of those the other day solid white muskie not as big but still 2nd place state record va area and the first ever cought in va good pic man i posted mine on here

Posted by Richard Duff Expert Member over 8 years ago

hey thats my fish! ha ha

Posted by Jack Compos over 8 years ago

Jamie Dorton

wow! ive always wanted to catch one of those...closest ive got is pickles & pike in "Loch Raven reservoir" & they were minnows in comparison ;o)

Posted by Jamie Dorton Expert Member over 8 years ago

Henry V

Awesome!

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 8 years ago

Dennis Huskins

Goes to show you that the ultimate top apex preditor has the best chance of survival as an Albino!

Posted by Dennis Huskins Elite Member over 8 years ago

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