BELINGTON – Last week, 16-year-old Trace Furby caught a fish that most fishermen only dream of catching.

While carp fishing at Falls Mill in Braxton County on April 22, Furby landed a massive 48-inch muskellunge that weighed 35 pounds. It fell just short of the state record muskie that was caught by Glenn Boyd in 2003. Boyd’s record setting fish measured 52.7 inches and weighted 38.5 pounds.

“It was pretty awesome,” Furby told The Inter-Mountain. “I never expected to catch anything like it. It was unbelievable.”

According to Furby, it took at least 15 minutes to get the gigantic fish on land with some help from his dad, Gerald. He caught the fish using corn as the lure.

“I was out on a big rock, on the edge of the river,” Furby said. “It was exciting to reel it in. It gave a lot of fight.”

Furby said it was the largest fish he has ever caught. He said they cooked it for dinner and ate it rather than getting it mounted as a trophy.