A Massena man was recently recognized by the Mepps tackle company for landing a 32-pound muskellunge using one of their lures.
Scott Dafoe received the company's Distinguished Anglers award after posting a picture of the muskie to the Mepps Facebook page.
He said he stumbled upon the lure by chance while fishing on the St. Regis River in Helena.
"I was out musky fishing with some friends, I happened upon a Mepps Magnum Musky Killer spinner bait on the shore as we launched the boat," Dafoe said in an email. "We were on a pretty remote stretch of river so I tied it on my line."
Dafoe said he eventually got a big hit. He said his friend Alan Downey manned a trolling motor so he could fight the fish.
"When the musky finally came up from the bottom he launched a good 2 feet out of the water and neither of us could believe how big it was," Dafoe said, adding that he fought the fish for about 10 minutes and had to get out of the boat to land the fish.
He said he usually practices catch-and-release angling, but the fish had literally fought itself to death, so he claimed the trophy beast.
He is now in the works of attaining Mepps Expert Angler distinction, of which Dafoe says there are fewer than 300 worldwide.