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Teen bags 42-inch pike in Riverfront Park

Joe Buster of Spokane landed this northern pike in Riverfront Park across from the Carousel while fishing for trout on Saturday, Aug. 13, two days before his 18th birthday. He said the fish measured 42 inches long. Since he was getting around by city bus, his friend transported the fish home three miles on his bicycle.
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Joe Buster of Spokane landed this northern pike in Riverfront Park across from the Carousel while fishing for trout on Saturday, Aug. 13, two days before his 18th birthday. He said the fish measured 42 inches long. Since he was getting around by city bus, his friend transported the fish home three miles on his bicycle. (Courtesy photo)

CITY FISHING -- An 17-year-old boy fishing for trout and bass by the Loof Carrousel at Riverfront park surprised a crowd of onlookers and himself Saturday by hooking a 42-inch northern pike.

Passersby got in the water to help him get the lunker ashore after it made three surging runs over 30 minutes.

But then the bad part.  He had a 42-inch-long fish and14-inch-wide cooler. To get home he had to ride a city bus.

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