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Musky resolution met

Local kayak angler and guide Patrick Zerwas doesn't make your typical New Year's resolutions. In the dead of winter, Zerwas had his mind on fishing from his kayak. He vowed to catch a musky, the fish of 10,000 casts, from his kayak. Not just any ...

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Local kayak angler and guide Patrick Zerwas doesn't make your typical New Year's resolutions. In the dead of winter, Zerwas had his mind on fishing from his kayak. He vowed to catch a musky, the fish of 10,000 casts, from his kayak. Not just any musky, but one that pushed the 50-inch mark.

In the heat of August, he found success. After catching three muskies, he hooked into one that would exceed his hopes and take he and his kayak for a ride.

"It took 15 minutes and two friends (Josh Bockelman and Andrew Stoudt) to land the musky," Zerwas said. "As soon as Josh got it in the net you could hear us rooting and hollering for miles in excitement. We quickly took a few photos and released it for another day. The video we have of me spinning in circles and skiing behind the musky is entertaining."

The 53-inch musky was caught on a Mepps Aglia Marabou lure and a rod and reel combination he won at a Teen Challenge fishing tournament. He fishes from a Crow Wing Kayak 1080 pro angler.

"I told Jim Bergquist owner of Crow Wing Kayaks and Wind, Water and Wheels that I was going to test his kayak to the limits by catching a 50-plus-inch musky," Zerwas said. "He thought I was nuts!"

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Zerwas has been kayaking for about eight years and started fishing from his kayak consistently this year.

"I catch everything from sunfish and crappies to bass, walleye, pike and musky."

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