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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 Ruler

$19.99

The original Pike & Muskie Ruler is the highest quality ruler on the market today.

    • PORTABLE – This ruler is lightweight, flexible and easy to use. Put it in your backpack or stow it in a boat compartment. Roll up it up and use when needed.
    • ACCURATE – Our UV coated printing process produces true to scale rulers. The PVC vinyl material is dimensionally stable.
    • FISH SCALE – A bonus feature is the patented weight estimation based on the growth scale for Pike & Muskie. No other ruler offers this innovation.
    • VIVID COLORS – our award winning graphic design offers fisherman the quickest ruler measurement, highest fish to ruler contrast and the best option for catch, photo and release.
    • I.D. – Includes biological Pike & Muskie images for easy identification
    • Perfect Fishermans Gift
    • Made in USA
    • 2 x 55-inches
    • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

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The award winning Pike & Muskie ruler is a must have for any fisherman. The ruler is made from durable PVC which is tear-resistant and easy to stow. All of our rulers are dimensionally stable or in other words, true to scale. Release Rulers are also patented as the only ruler to provide weight and length estimates specific to each species on the ruler. You will simply not find a higher quality ruler with this much information on the market today. Do you have any questions please e-mail us at info@releaseruler.com All of our rulers are backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

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