Musky America Magazine

How Much Does Your Musky Weigh? A New Weight Chart By: John Dettloff © 2012 Back when how much meat a Musky would provide was of greater concern than how much the fish weighed, people didn't pay as much attention to a Musky weight or exact measurements. There were no contests or widely publicized world record listings. One early, possibly record class Musky catch whose exact size remains unknown was taken by pioneer guide Allison Drake. Drake who during the twilight of his long guiding career was said to have been the oldest guide in the world from point of service (63 years) - began guiding during the early 1890s at the age of 15, while his father, Fred Drake, was operating a stopping place on the West Fork of the Chippewa River near Hayward, Wisconsin. Being able to catch Musky practically from his back door, young Allison learned to be a skilled boatman and was soon guiding - poling river boats from Radisson, up the Chippewa River and to the West Fork, giving guests who were coming up river a chance to fish along the way. The huge Musky that Allison caught was said to have been taken around 1924 and, according to Allison, it was caught on a spoon in the West Fork of the Chippewa River, just up from where McGuire's Bar is now located. Allison's fish bottomed out his 50-pound scale but, not really being that concerned about what the fish's weight was, he just cut it up for the meat! So how big was it? Well, with Allison known to be a tall man, standing around 6-2 or 6-3; from studying the photo of his Musky, it's evident that his Musky ranged between 56 to 58 inches in length. And, with the current world record Musky at the time weighing just 51 pounds 3 ounces, Allison's thick bodied fish would have been undoubtedly heavier and could have been a world record Musky (weighing possibly 55 pounds or more), had it been registered. Back then, it really wasn't that big of a deal. Since the passing of those early days though, Musky fishing is now being done for sport, rather than as a means of providing sustenance. The catching of Louie Spray's much publicized first world record Musky, a 59½ pounder from 1939, seemingly ushered in a new era in our sport - that of great rivalries over the world record Musky title and, ultimately, in fishing contests in general. Since then. a Musky's weight has been considered to be the benchmark by which it is judged. A Musky's weight, and not its length, has always been regarded as being the more descriptive assessment of a Musky's size. Because the build of a Musky can vary greatly, a fish's length may not tell us that much about the Musky's true size. A fish that measures 50 inches sounds like it's a pretty impressive catch but, if it's a skinny one (in the 25-pound class), it doesn't have

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