Two Harbors anglers catch nice lake trout after a long battle
Rick Ray of Two Harbors already had reeled in a 6-pound lake trout on Tuesday, his biggest lake trout ever, so he was pretty happy.
When it hit, Lemke grabbed the rod on his boat, the Gina Marie, and handed it to Ray.
“It didn’t move for the first five minutes I held it,” said Ray, 54, who has been fishing for lake trout about four years.
The two men, who coach girls basketball together at Two Harbors High School, battled the fish for about 20 minutes, Ray said. Lemke pulled up the other three downrigger lines to avoid tangles. Ray fought the fish, which was a losing battle early on.
“I was cranking the reel, and there was nothing coming in,” Ray said.
Then the big fish made a run.
“He went and went and went,” Ray said.
Lemke turned the boat to keep up with the fish. He also netted it when the fight was over, but he needed help lifting the net into the boat.
“There was a high-five and a lot of screaming,” Ray said.
They caught the fish on a spoon that had splashes of purple, green, pink and silver, Lemke said.
Ray is having the fish mounted at Bowe Taxidermy in Duluth.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime fish,” he said.