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Sep 3, 2009 4:16 PM by Emily Pace

Young angler reels in monster trout

He's only nine years old and already Brandon Mellon has earned bragging rights when it comes to fishing.

"Most kids don't really get to catch that big of fish," said Brandon.

Just over a week ago, Brandon caught the winning fish, a 22.5 pound, 36 inch lake trout at the 2nd Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Fishing Tournament on Lake Superior.

"It took a good half-hour for him to get it in," said Burt Harris. "So he was a pretty excited young man, especially when the head of the fish came out of the water. That was unbelievable."

Burt Harris is Brandon's mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program of Michigan's Marquette and Alger counties.

Although Brandon has learned a lot about fishing from Burt, it's an interest they both share; the young angler has now taught Burt a thing or two when it comes to hooking the winning fish.

That was the biggest lake trout that my boat has ever boated," Burt said.

Not only did Brandon's catch win him first place in the tournament, it also qualified him as Master Angler, which recognizes those who have been able to reel in an outstanding size fish, based on its length and weight.

Brandon's fish is now frozen, waiting to be mounted.

"I want to show my kids that I caught a big fish when I was their age," Brandon said.

Brandon and Burt say they'll continue to go fishing together, but whether or not they'll come across one as big, well, that's the lure of the sport.



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