By: Mary Beth McAndrews
While out fishing on a Minnesota lake, Robert Hawkins caught the fish of a lifetime. He reeled in a 57-inch, 50-pound muskie on his fly fishing rod. On top of that impressive accomplishment, this fish might also set the world record for the biggest muskie caught while fly fishing. Hawkins, owner of a local fly shop, caught this fish on a fly he made himself. After snapping a few photos, the fish was released back into the lake.
Muskie, or muskellunge, are a species of large, uncommon, freshwater fish native to North America. They are the largest member of Esocidae, the pike family.
The current record-holding fish weighed over 54 pounds and was 56 inches long. It hasn't been announced if Hawkins's fish broke the record.
Jeremy Wade dreamt of catching a muskie. Well, he finally did! Watch the catch here: