Ron Roy finally reeled in a catch worth keeping after years of casting lures into local lakes.
Roy and his longtime fishing companion Ken Belleau have a habit of releasing their captures, but on Sunday afternoon they caught something they knew people would have to see to believe.
“If I didn’t have pictures of this fish nobody would believe me,” said Roy, who caught a 46-pound lake trout in Flack Lake.
“The fish is the type of thing you want to mount and remember forever,” Belleau added.
Describing his haul as the “catch of a lifetime,” Roy’s massive capture didn’t surrender easily.
The lunker laker measured 46 inches in length and had a 28-inch girth. Roy said the lake trout led his fishing boat around the water for more than 30 minutes while he and Belleau tried to reel it in.
The experienced angler knew right away the bite on his line wasn’t a run-of-the-mill lake trout.
“The pull (on his fishing line) almost took me into the lake,” said Roy. “You really couldn’t do much with this fish. You just follow it as it leads the way. There’s no controlling the fish.”
It took a team effort to finally haul in the fish, after an initial attempt to trap it using a fishing net, it bent the medal frame.
After more than half an hour and three failed attempts, Roy pulled the lake trout into his boat with his hands while Belleau held on to the fishing rod.
“The rod was bent in two, it looked like an upside down letter U,” Roy said.
When they finally pulled their hard-earned capture into the boat, the 25-year fishing buddies were in awe.
“We knew it was big from the pull (on the fishing line), we just didn’t know how big,” said Roy.
“It was a surreal moment,” added Belleau. “It was one of those things you had to look at twice to let it sink in.”
Previously, Roy said his biggest catch was a 22-pound salmon on Lake Huron in the 1990s.
The lake trout will be stuffed and mounted at Laurentian Lodge, located near where it was caught, said Roy.
“There’s no real place for me to fit this fish in my home unless I win the lottery.”
Melanie Seal, owner of Laurentian Lodge, is currently storing the lake trout in their freezer and plans to have it on display by the end of summer.
“This is the biggest fish I’ve seen caught in Flack Lake,” Seal said.
Roy estimates the fish is between 50 to 70 years of age.
“It was probably long overdue for one of us to catch a fish like this,” Belleau said.
“You watch someone on television reel in a big fish and you think to yourself, ‘what a thrill it would be to catch a fish like that’” said Roy.
“Never did I ever think I would actually catch a fish like this.”
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