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Muskie expert Dick Pearson said the pursuit of muskies lets him combine his passions for hunting and fishing. The pursuit paid off last summer when Pearson landed this 51-inch muskie on Lake of the Woods.

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Ask Dick Pearson about the thrill of fishing esox masquinongy -- the scientific name for the muskellunge -- and the admitted muskie fanatic doesn't have to fish for words.


"I love to hunt, and muskie fishing to me is like the best of both worlds," said Pearson, a muskie authority who authored the 2001 book, "Muskies on the Shield," and produced a video of the same name four years later. "You can hunt, but you can also release them."

Oh yeah, and one more thing, Pearson says:

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