Muskie In Distress
(TWEED, ON) – On Saturday July 28, 2012 at 7pm Central Hastings O.P.P. Marine Unit attended Stoco Lake in the Municipality of Tweed for marine patrol and vessel checks. While travelling along the eastern portion of the lake approximately 800 metres from shore Provincial Constable Daryl McColl noticed something in the water. Initially suspecting it may be a lifejacket or a tire partially submerged in the water, he turned the police vessel around to get a closer look intending on removing the item to prevent another boater’s propeller from striking it.
At a closer glance PC McColl and his partner Marine Student Nick Courneyea discovered a large 40 inch Muskie in distress swimming on the top of the water. After obtaining a net from a nearby fisherman, PC McColl removed the fish from the water only to find a bloated dead carp stuck in its throat. Once a few pictures were taken as evidence of the unusual catch, PC McColl physically removed the carp from the Muskie’s mouth. Nick Courneyea revived the fish by moving it back and forth in the water allowing for a successful live release.
As an avid hunter and fisherman PC McColl admits it’s the largest fish he’s ever caught without a fishing rod or hook!!
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