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Record-size salmon caught in Michigan

The Associated Press

MUSKEGON, Mich. — A crew of fishermen reeled in a 39-pound record-setting salmon during a tournament in Muskegon over the weekend.

“You feel like it’s a stroke of luck, you feel like maybe you did something right. I’m still kind of in awe about it,” Nate Wellman, the boat’s captain, told MLive.com. The crew included his son Jackson Cole.

Wellman said the catch came 10 minutes of setting lines in the water. The team wrestled the fish for about an hour and it took two men to lift it in the boat.

The 39.2-pound salmon is the heaviest fish in the history of the Tournament Trail Muskegon Open, a Lake Michigan fishing circuit that started in 2003, according to a post on the tournament’s Facebook page.

The record for a Michigan chinook salmon is 46 pounds, which was caught in 1978, according to Michigan Department of Natural Resources records.

That’s quite a catch

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. — A woman in North Carolina says she’s searching for a man who lost his wallet in a lake in the mid-1980s.

WRAL reports that Sarah Foor and her husband were fishing at Jones Lake State Park near Elizabethtown when she reeled in the wallet.

Inside she found a faded driver’s license, a library card and an array of expired credit cards. It also held a senior photo that’s dated from the 1983-84 school year.

“Mickey, you’re a very special person to me. Love always, Sharon,” reads the back.

The wallet had 50 cents inside. But she still considers it a treasure.

“The library card is perfect. The license is perfect,” Foor said. “Issued May 25, 1982. Expired, March 17, 1986.”

Foor reached out to WRAL for help in finding the man, who was not identified.

Loving the gar

ST. PAUL, Minn. — One of Minnesota’s oddest, perhaps coolest, and definitely historically underappreciated fish — the gar — is about to get some love.

The ong, slender, toothy and prehistoric-looking fish will, for the first time ever in the state, be protected in ways similar to other gamefish, the result of a bit of an outcry on social media following a series of mass killings that some saw as wantonly wasteful. In a legislature divided starkly along partisan lines, Minnesota’s gar species found bipartisan support.

Officials say they aren’t sure exactly what restrictions they’ll place on catching and killing gar, but the move carries a growing awareness of changing attitudes toward native fish that humbly live on the opposite end of the piscatorial spectrum from celebrated fish like walleye and bass, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The much-larger environment and natural resources bill approved by both the House and Senate and contains one brief reference to gar: “The commissioner must annually establish daily and possession limits for gar.”

That simple sentence has gar advocates — and yes, there are a few — celebrating.

“This is a fantastic move for conservation of these underappreciated species,” said Solomon David, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Nicholls State University in Louisiana. “Most states don’t have anything for gar.”

Saving the day

COROLLA, N.C. — Some fishermen came to the rescue of a newborn horse which was in danger of drowning in a canal on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund says on its Facebook page that the foal, named Beatrice, was born on Saturday. According to the post, herd manager received a call around 6am that there was a foal struggling in the canal.

Owen Carson of Asheville also posted to Facebook that he and his two fishing buddies saw the foal struggling as its parents stood at the edge of the canal. He said the group circled back and he got out of the boat and waded over to the foal, guided her around a seawall abutment and to the nearest boat slip.

Carson said he carried the foal to shallow water and coaxed her back to her parents.

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