An Idaho angler who spends most of his free time fishing for northern pike has established a new state record with the catch of what the state described as “a true monster of a fish.”
“Pike is what I go after all the time. I spend almost everyday fishing for pike,” said Thomas Francis, who set the record March 21 at Hayden Lake.
His catch weighed 40.76 pounds. It measured 49 inches with a 26.5-inch girth. In a news release, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game described the pike as “a true monster of a fish.”