A man in North Dakota recently made the news after he hooked into a monster fish. When he reeled the massive fish in he was amazed at what he had caught.
"A North Dakota angler’s record-breaking walleye catch will not be counted after an investigation conducted by the state Game and Fish Department found evidence of foul-hooking. Tom Volk was fishing in the Heart River on April 21 when he made the massive 16-pound, 9-ounce catch, breaking the state record that was set last May by Neil Leier," reported Fox News.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department posted about the catch after learning about it. They congratulated the fishermen on his catch and began to look into the case to see if it would indeed be a record-setting achievement.
After an initial investigation, the Fish and Game Department made a shocking discovery. They ruled that the fish was caught in an illegitimate way and that the catch did not qualify as a record-breaking fish.
“The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has completed an investigation into the 16-pound, 9-ounce walleye taken April 21 from the Heart River, and based on evidence provided, department officials have concluded the fish was foul-hooked, and therefore cannot be recognized as a state record,” the post read.
The man who caught the fish was highly disappointed in the ruling. He is trying to appeal the process and claims he caught it fairly.
“There’s a hole in the mouth of the fish. There’s string burn on the side of the fish’s cheek,” indicating it had taken the bait, he told the Billings Gazette. “There’s no indication of any damage to the body of the fish.”
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