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Aaron Guthrie of Bemidji hoists the 19.54-pound eelpout he caught Friday on Lake of the Woods. The fish is heavier than the current Minnesota record and will be recognized as the state-record fish once the paperwork is completed. Photo?

Bemidji angler catches state-record eelpout

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Lake of the Woods, 4:30 a.m. and a hook baited with three fat head minnows could only mean one thing - eelpout fishing.

Aaron Guthrie of Bemidji tests his skills against the eelpout whenever the opportunity presents itself and last Friday morning he was in his fish house on Lake of the Woods when his rattle reel sounded.


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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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