Fisherman says record-breaking disqualified walleye spoils his love of fishing

Published: May. 14, 2019 at 12:31 PM CDT
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Tom Volk's would-be record breaking walleye was disqualified. Now he says the Game and Fish Department needs to change how it reviews catches.

Volk says there's no evidence that the fish was hooked in the back, despite Game and Fish saying the Walleye was "foul-hooked.”

“When you hook a fish in the mouth, you'll feel the 'tonk,' you'll feel the fish actually pick up the jig and it'll be like a quick jerk, jerking motion, and that's exactly what this fish did, just like every other fish,” said Volk.

He says this incident has spoiled his love of fishing.

“I haven't thought about fishing in weeks. I'm considering selling the boat because I just don't have the urge to fish. I've lost my urge to fish. It's kind of disappointing and I hope over time that feeling will go away,” said Volk.

Volk says he's going to keep the fish and mount it on the wall, reminding him of the great day he had with his family.

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