The greatest baseball player of all time might have been Pete Rose, but he’s not in the Hall of Fame. The greatest ice fishing catch of all time might have been a 52-pound lake trout caught by Rob Scott of Crane Lake. Rose bet on baseball. Scott caught what certainly would have been a world record lake trout on the other side of the Canadian border, where he was one fish over his limit in the Province of Ontario.
O, the duality! Such greatness, marred.
Scott did not contest charges that he kept an extra fish. Licensed to fish in both countries, Scott would have been legal to keep both fish in the United States, but he admitted to catching the record lake trout 100 feet over the border in Canada. His fish was confiscated from the taxidermist, though he plans to have a replica made anyway.
Sam Cook reports on this fish drama in the Duluth News Tribune.
Meantime, a thought. The fish was 45 inches long, measuring 32-inches in girth. That means this fish could pretty much buy pants off the rack at Penney’s. I mean, if it had legs. And could breath air. If those things were true, this fish could have purchased pants from a store and worn them around town like anybody else.