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FISHING — Edward Kalinowski of New Meadows, Idaho, smashed the state's 12-year-old record for tiger musky while fishing in Little Payette Lake on Aug. 6, the Idaho Fish and Game Department has confirmed.

Kalinowski landed the 44.26 pound lunker on a 12-pound test line with a Neon Magic lure. The fish is 50.5 inches long with a 25-inch girth.

The previous record was 38 pounds, 7 ounces, 48.25 inches with a 22.5- inch girth. It was caught June 16, 2001, in Hauser Lake by Douglas Butts of Eureka Mont., on a Mepps Bucktail Yellow lure. Read more. Rich Landers, Outdoors blog

Have you ever caught a really big fish?

Edit: Rammell Left Idaho Too Soon

Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune cautions voters about the constitutional amendment guaranteeing Idahoans the right to hunt, fish & trap:

Sure, the proposed amendment marks all the appropriate boxes. The right to hunt, fish or trap does not trump private property rights. No trespassing is allowed. Water rights are preserved. The Legislature retains control over fish and game laws. And Idaho Fish and Game can suspend or revoke the hunting, fishing or trapping license of anyone who violates its rules.But how do you license a constitutional right? Who's to say when a state regulation or law infringes on somebody's constitutional right to hunt, fish or trap? Do you have a right to hunt, fish or trap if you can't afford the license and tags? What's the point of a constitutional right to hunt if seasons and zones are tightened down to the point that you're frozen out? Presumably the courts would resolve these questions as the amendment's authors anticipate - but maybe they won't. For every 10,000 Idahoans who respect a balance among competing rights and interests, there's a (Rex) Rammell looking for every advantage. So, why even raise this uncertainty? More here.

Question: Do you plan to vote for/against this constitutional amendment?

NI Blogs: Grandpa Outfishes Taryn

Taryn Hecker describes this photo as “Grandpa Doug outfishing me on Twin Lakes.” She has a swell story that goes with the photo, on her blog here.

Hucks Online numbers (for week of Oct. 10-16): 53,652/32,989

Fish-Slapped

Steven Benson shows off two of more than 2,200 lake trout he, Mike, left, and Jerry (not pictured) have caught during Spring Mack Days. Their father started the three boys fishing on Flathead in the 1960s. Missoulian

These guys may be in for a surprise. According to Natiional Geographic, nine fish that use handlike fins to walk, rather than swim, have been identified as new species. See pics. Of course the new species live off the coast of Australia, but local anglers might want to be prepared to put up their dukes, just in case.

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Idaho F&G Wants Hike In Fees

Item: Can Idaho F&G land fee hikes in a recession? The agency wants hunters and anglers to pay more, but plan faces tough time in Legislature/Idaho Statesman

More Info: Hunting a big buck could cost you more bucks next fall, and the price of a salmon or steelhead permit could jump like a fish up a waterfall. While other state agencies are trimming their budgets because of lean state revenues, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is swimming against the tide by seeking a $6.9 million increase in hunting and fishing fees. But unlike other agencies, Fish and Game receives no state general funds, and it has not had a fee increase since 2005.

Question (from Idaho Statesman): Are you willing to pay more in fishing and hunting fees during a recession to cover game management costs?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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