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Did you know you can mount a muskie without killing it?

The studio of Lax Reproductions is walled with trophy fish, mostly muskies, that are still swimming in the lakes where they were caught.

While they appear as natural as any traditional piece of taxidermy — scales, eyes, teeth like X-Acto knives — the mounts aren’t the actual fish but plastic replicas, based on measurements and photographs taken during the few adrenaline-injected minutes spent with a fish of a lifetime. The fish was released; months later, the replica was completed.

This is the norm today in muskie fishing, a realm of strict possession limits (54 inches is the statewide minimum keeper size in Minnesota) and a pervasive culture of catch-and-release intended to protect the larger but less-common cousins of northern pike. The result is a time-consuming, often pricey passion where the goal is not a fish fry, but the thrill of a rod-and-reel battle with an acrobatic, 50-pound torpedo which they will — following high-fives, measurements and photos — promptly release back into the water whence it came.

With the approach of fall — trophy muskie season — anglers casting big lures for big fish will be heading out on lakes from the metro to northwest Ontario knowing that if they want a keepsake muskellunge, they’ll have to commission someone to make a replica.

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Pike & Muskie Release Ruler

$24.99

  • Boat/Kayak friendly
  • Will not dent or ding
  • Lightweight
  • Rolls up for storage
  • Premium quality
  • Can fit in a backpack
  • Foldable nose bracket for accurate measurement
  • Provides patented estimated weight
  • Designed to aid photo & release
  • Made in USA
  • 3 x 60-inches
  • 100% Satisfaction
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The contrasting color combinations provide easily readable measurements to decrease time for a quick release.  Photo friendly graphics for photo and release. The Release Ruler is the ruler to measure not only the length of your Pike & Muskie, but also provide the estimated weight based on scientific data for the average sizes of Pike & Muskie. Stop guessing! Use the Release Ruler today. The ruler is a durable PVC coated vinyl which is built to stand up to the toughest fishing conditions. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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