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Fishing enthusiast makes monster catch

The Local · 12 Oct 2011, 13:44

Published: 12 Oct 2011 13:44 GMT+02:00

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After an hour in his one-man boat on Sunday, with no sign of life in the Bergeforsen stream, German Uwe Lehrer suddenly felt a strong pull in his rod.

At first he thought he’d snagged something on the stream bed, but he was actually combating a 29-kilogramme salmon, among the largest ever caught in Sweden using a rod and reel.

“It was very exhausting,” Lehrer told The Local.

“I’ve caught a lot of salmon so I could tell this was an especially big one.”

The massive fish had at first kept quite still, lulling Lehrer into thinking he'd hooked a log or a rock.

But as he prepared to free his hook, the fish suddenly pulled away, dragging almost 200 metres of line with it.

Lehrer, who originally is from Stuttgart in Germany, has lived in the Medelpad region in northern Sweden for four years and is an avid sports fisherman.

While he admits the 29-kilo salmon is certainly a big fish, Lehrer has caught bigger, including an 80-kilo catfish and a 250-kilo marlin.

But the relatively small salmon still put up a comparable fight, Lehrer said.

“A marlin is easier in the way that the water isn’t full of trees for the hook to get caught in,” he chuckled.

“I got stuck twice with this one so it sure was a struggle.”

After bringing his catch home, Lehrer put the fish on a digital scale which showed a weight of 29.2 kilogrammes.

Close to a record, but not quite, Lehrer thought, recalling having seen records of a 31.5 kilogramme salmon being caught in Ljungan in northern Sweden.

What he didn’t know was that the Ljungan salmon was caught during prohibited season and thus hadn’t been approved as a Swedish record.

Thus, Lehrer’s fish constitutes a new record for a rod-caught salmon, besting the previous record from 1992 of 28.72 kilogrammes.

However, to officially get accredited for catching the biggest fish in Sweden, Lehrer would need a clear photo with an object of reference next to the fish.

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The fish also needs to be weighed on a state approved scale, with witnesses.

Thus, despite reeling in what seem to be a record-large fish, Lehrer's name won't likely make the official Swedish record books.

Now his massive catch is chilling in the freezer, waiting for departure to Germany.

“I have a friend down there who will preserve it,” Lehrer told the Sundsvalls Tidning daily.

Joel Linde

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

14:30 October 12, 2011 by LecteurX
"Lehrer would need a clear photo with an object of reference next to the fish"

Funny that. Surely, the fish just jumped out of the water onto his lap.
15:33 October 12, 2011 by catjones
man catches fish.
16:12 October 12, 2011 by storymann
Fishing is my favorite sport, but I like catch and release.
17:09 October 12, 2011 by Diebesbeute
Well, I think it is pretty impressive that four years after he first put his line in the water, he finally catches such a monster. That is some serious patience. The most time I have spent in one go is four hours. Four years! Wow. Respect. :D
20:59 October 12, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
Should have left it in the water :-(
13:58 October 18, 2011 by mikel taylor
What time is the fish fry, I'll bring the salad, I agree this big guy lives for ten years and along comes this guy and bingo fish dead, make a happy photo, and off to the frying pan, I agree with storymann, catch and release, let some other person dream of catching a big one,,
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