Julie Cashaback was in the boat when her boyfriend, Dale MacNair, boated his 57x33-inch giant from the St. Lawrence River on November 28, 2008. Almost four years to the day, on November 27, 2012, it was Julie’s turn.
Cashaback and MacNair, who live in Ottawa, Ontario, had taken a week’s vacation around the full moon to troll on the St. Lawrence near the city of Gananoque. Julie’s musky struck at 4:30 pm., just as the sun was setting and the moon was rising, a period they call “magic time.”
Cashaback’s musky measured 55 ¼ inches with a 28-inch girth. Various formulas for estimating musky weight put the fish’s weight somewhere between 51-54 pounds.
MacNair and Cashaback were trolling upriver against the current when the musky struck a 13-inch straight Believer in the black perch pattern.
“We were in 56 feet of water, flat line trolling, and Julie had 163 feet of line out,” recalled MacNair. “We had been working an area all day deep structure trolling, and the baitfish stayed deep all day. Around 3 p.m. the bait started to come up and we continued to work the same pattern.
“The Shimano Tekota screamed and Julie was on the rod like a shot. I shut the motor off and cleared the second rod, grabbed the net and jumped on the back deck. The musky made two long runs and on the last run she made a run under the boat. Julie’s rod was bent like a horseshoe. The fish came boatside and I plunged the Big Kahuna into the water and there she sat in the net,” MacNair said.
After photos, “Julie cradled the musky into the water and she kicked her tail and was gone!”
According to MacNair, Cashback’s musky was the largest musky released out of Gananoque for the year, and Julie’s name will be placed on the town’s musky release board.