There hasn’t been a grayling spotted in California’s Lodbell Lake since the 1980’s…until this spring when visiting angler Filson Hubert of Tuba City, AZ caught a mammoth, German Sheppard-sized ‘sail quite by accident on bass gear March 28th. At least we know what happened to the rest of the grayling in the lake — this one ate them all!
“We were visiting relatives in Mono County and I looked up Lobdell on the internet because it was reasonably close to their house,” says Hubert. “The article I read said that grayling had been planted in there back in the 1960s but the fish hadn’t survived. Instead, lakers (mackinaw) seemed to be doing well, so I tried for them.”
Tossing a Luckycraft Flash Minnow 110 off the bank, Hubert went without a bite for about three hours and, just before calling it quits, he hooked into a good fish…and was absolutely blown away when he got it close to the bank.
“When I first saw the brown color, I assumed it was a nice mack,” he says. “But then I caught a glimpse of that sail and my knees began to knock!”
Netless, Hubert pounced on the fish when he got it into the shallows and wrestled it to shore. Back at the local grocery store, the monster grayling weighed a mind-blowing 13 pounds, 11 ounces and absolutely obliterated the previous world record, which weighed 4 pounds, 12 ounces.
Upon hearing the news, the Mayor of Tuba City, Tom Frakenfurter, declared March 28 as “Filson Hubert Day” and also plans to give Hubert a key to the city. Apparently, Hubert is the first true celebrity Tuba City has ever had…
Details of this story sound a bit sketchy to ya? Come on! You guys know me better than that by now! Check the date. Happy April Fools (again!) For the record, this fish was actually a fiberglass conversation piece at Rainbow River Lodge in Alaska that we pulled off the wall a few summers back.