Teen breaks 43-year-old record for largest chinook in Michigan


August 19, 2021

David Bossick/Ludington Daily News via AP

The smile on Louis Martinez, 19, of Ortonville, Michigan, is about as wide as the state-record chinook salmon he is holding. He reeled in the 47.86-pound salmon off the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, about halfway between Chicago and the Canadian border. The boat captain, Bobby Sullivan, of Icebreaker Charters (top left, wearing the hat), shares in the moment as they weighed the 4-foot-long salmon.

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) - Louis Martinez will never have to embellish the proverbial fish story after confirmation that he set a new state record for the largest chinook salmon ever caught in Michigan.

The teenager from Ortonville, Michigan, reeled in the 47.86-pound salmon on Aug. 7, while fishing on a charter boat in Lake Michigan with his mom, sister and stepdad.

The previous record - a Chinook salmon of just over 46 pounds - had stood for 43 years.

The 19-year-old Martinez, on his first fishing expedition for salmon, battled to pull the record-setting fish in for some 30 minutes off...

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