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Just before the Las Conchas Fire in late June, local resident Stan Kosiewicz and his wife Amy Anderson went fishing, or, as he calls it “tiger hunting.”
During a trip to Bluewater Lake, near Grants, Kosiewicz landed a 40-inch tiger muskie, which weight approximately 20-1/2 pounds.
A tiger muskie is a sterile hybrid of a cross between a purebred muskie and a northern pike. While this cross occasionally occurs in the wild, it happens most often under controlled conditions at a fish hatchery.
Kosiewicz, who let the fish go because “she was just too cute,” caught the tiger muskie on a 8-inch Koi-colored lure.
Kosiewicz’s fish would’ve been a state record — no tiger muskie catch has been registered in New Mexico — but Kosiewicz would’ve had to drive several miles to have the fish weighed on certified scale.
“She really fought hard,” Kosiewicz said of his catch, also noting that anglers need to be very careful with tiger muskies because “their teeth can hurt you very, very badly.”
Kosiewicz’s catch was featured in the September issue of Muskies, Inc. magazine.