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Dick Hennlich displays a 46-inch musky he landed after a 45-minute fight on a northern Wisconsin lake on Aug. 27.

Big one doesn't get away from angler

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Sometimes small goals yield big results.

Dick Hennlich of New Richmond was out fishing with his grandson, Joseph Goodman, 12, on Aug. 27 when the action started.

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The grandfather and grandson team were fishing for panfish and smallmouth bass on Big Sissabagama Lake near Hayward when a big fish struck Hennlich's bait.

Hennlich was using a lightweight spinning rod and six-pound test line, a slip bobber and a No. 6 panfish hook with a nightcrawler when a lunker bit.

Hennlich was able to keep the fish on the line for 45 minutes. He eventually landed a 46-inch, 27-pound musky.

"I guess this was my lucky day," Hennlich said. "But more importantly, my grandson was able to experience it with me."

Hennlich and his grandson decided to name the fish "Moby Dick." Hennlich said he plans to have the fish mounted and he will hang it on the wall.

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