Andover fishing team lands 46-inch muskie

A day off from school meant more time on the lake searching for fish for the Andover High School Muskie Club.

The group took to Forest Lake Oct. 17 in search of big fish and the team of sophomores Aaron Peterson and Michael Selseth reeled in a 46-inch muskie.

Andover sophomore Aaron Peterson, pictured, landed this 46-inch muskie on Forest Lake with help from fishing club teammate Michael Selseth during an Oct. 17 outing.

Andover sophomore Aaron Peterson, pictured, landed this 46-inch muskie on Forest Lake with help from fishing club teammate Michael Selseth during an Oct. 17 outing. Submitted photo

Adviser Valerie Holthus said the two worked well together to first lure in the lunker using a custom lure before the fish bit on a second lure made by Chaos Tackle.

“They kept the fish fighting in the water to wear it out before they brought it up in the net,” Holthus said. “The three of us were taken aback by how large the fish was. The boys quickly took pictures and released it back into the lake to fight another day.”

The first-year fishing club at Andover High School participated in the fourth annual Minnesota High School Muskie Fishing District Tournament on Lake Minnetonka in June, but did not qualify for the state meet.

Andover fielded the maximum number of participants of two boats with teams of two anglers plus one adult operating the boat.

Unfortunately, only one muskie and northern pike were caught on the windy and drizzly June day on Lake Minnetonka, which qualified both teams for the state meet. The muskie on Minnetonka were evasive and as a result, a northern pike was counted in the final weigh-in.

Andover’s group was featured on a segment of Ron Schara’s “Minnesota Bound” television show.

Andover’s team comprised Selseth, Peterson, John Portesan and Eric Stocker and the boats were operated by Holthus and Steve Stocker.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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