SHAKOPEE, Minn. (KMSP) - A Shakopee man reeled in a record-breaking catfish on the Minnesota River last month, the Department of Natural Resources confirmed.
In many ways, 31-year-old Jake Robinson is not your average angler -- “I try to go at least every other day,” he said.
Rain or shine, he goes for the big catfish and mount-worthy walleyes. Some of his catches are even displayed at the local bait and tackle shop in Shakopee.
“He is probably the best all around fisher that I know,” said Daniel Wilkie of Shakopee Fishing and Firearm.
Robinson has been fishing for years on the Minnesota River in Shakopee, but June 7 may have been his most exciting catch to date. Reeling in the massive cat took about 10 minutes.
“I knew it was big,” Robinson said. “I knew it was going to be over 50 pounds when I got it. It was fun from shore.”
It measured a whopping 49-inches long with a 33-inch girth. The Minnesota DNR says that's a new state record.
“I'm guessing about 62 or 64 pounds,” Robinson said. “Just super happy, working really hard to get a really big fish.”
Like many Minnesotans, Robinson has been casting lines since he was a kid. Before he released the big one Robinson called his grandfather who taught him to fish, so he could come see it for himself -- "He thought it was awesome. He's never seen one that big either."
At Shakopee Fishing and Firearm, many customers in addition to Robinson take part in the King of the Cats online competition.
“I'm not surprised it came from that Minnesota river, and not surprised that Jake caught it,” Wilkie said.
Humble as he may be, Robinson can't resist the challenge of hopefully someday topping his own state record.
“I've had previous fish this year that have broken my line. This one didn't.,” Robinson said. “It's sister I want.”