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Portage man has big fish story, and the big fish to prove it

Joe Seeberger and friends show off their Prize. (photo courtesy DNR}
Joe Seeberger and friends show off their Prize. (photo courtesy DNR}

TORCH LAKE (WKZO) -- For the Third time this year, a Kalamazoo area Fisherman has landed a record catch. Last weekend Joseph Seeberger of Portage caught a 58-pound Great Lakes Muskie beating the previous record by 8 pounds.

The 59-inch fish took Seeberger and two friends nearly two hours to land, partly because they couldn’t figure out how to get it into the boat. They ended up using a rope to lasso it and just wrestled it on board.

The 41 year old Seeberger thinks it may be a world record caught on an 8-pound test line and plans to apply for that record.

The big fish is at the taxidermist, being preserved for posterity.

Just last month, Bryan DeGoede of Kalamazoo caught a 37-pound Black Buffalo Fish which set a new record.

Back on May 22nd, Rodney Akey of Niles landed a 48.9 pound flathead catfish in the St. Joseph River in Berrien County. It was also the largest ever caught in Michigan.