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  July 18th 2014 - John Cleveland catches World-Record Pike at Lac La Martre!

July 18, 2014 is a day avid fisherman John Cleveland won't soon forget. That's the day his 46-inch Northern Pike caught on a fly rod with a 17# test tippet set a world-record in the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin.

John recounts the events of that day fishing with his son, Dave, and guide Zack Brown. "I caught her in the early afternoon as we drifted across a bay so clear it looked like an aquarium," he says. "We could watch 3 or 4 pike as they chased our spoons and flies towards the boat. We spotted her on the bottom and were able to cast to her (sight fish) and watch through the crystal-clear water as she crushed the fly in her mouth. What a treat!"

John says it took only 6-8 minutes to bring her to the cradle. "I caught her on a black and red Clouser fly, but I placed an 8" Firetiger-style streamer in her mouth for the photo just before I released her. We saw another half-dozen pike during the week that were 45 to 50 inches, including the 45" beauty my son Dave caught on a spoon."

The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin keeps catch-and-release records based on the length of specific species of fish. John's 46-inch pike taken on a 17# test tippet using a fly rod beat the previous world-record which had been standing for 14 years.

Great Job, John!