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Published February 27, 2012, 05:01 PM

Bemidji Man Snags 19.5-pounder on Lake of the Woods

(WDAZ-TV) - A Bemidji man has bragging rights after a day of fishing on Lake of the Woods.

(WDAZ-TV) - A Bemidji man has bragging rights after a day of fishing on Lake of the Woods.

Aaron Guthrie caught a 19.54 pound Burbot, often referred to as an eelpout fish. Guthrie caught the fish in 34 feet of water near Long Point.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime 'pout," Guthrie said.

The previous state record eelpout was 19 pounds, 3 ounces and was also caught on Lake of the Woods. The slimy fish has a tendency to wrap itself around an object like a snake would.

Guthrie has begun the certification process to be the new state record holder.

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