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No, this fish tale isn't from Minnesota. It's from Missouri, but it's too good not to share.

A fellow down there, Lawrence Dillman, recently hooked a monster 65-pound, 2-ounce striped bass, a new Missouri record. His comments in a Missouri Conservation Department news release are priceless:

“Once the fish was on the line, I knew I had a decent one, but I didn’t at all think it was a striped bass,” Dillman said. “I thought it was a spoonbill or something else. But when I got him to the bank I knew I had something amazing!”

“I fought the giant for over 45 minutes until I got him to shallow water. I then bear-hugged the fish and got it out of the water on to the bank.”

The fish broke the previous Missouri record by more than 4 ½ pounds. Dillman is getting it mounted.