‘It’s a monster’ — Man catches 32-pound salmon in Grand Haven

Posted at 10:56 PM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 22:56:47-04

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Brooks Wheeler reeled in quite the catch over the weekend.

Wheeler caught a king salmon near the Grand Haven Lighthouse Pier that was 41.5 inches long and weighed 32 pounds. Wheeler says his catch ties for the second largest king salmon caught in Michigan in 2018.

"When it came up, you could see that tail flopping on the top. It looked like a shark," said Wheeler. "I couldn't believe the net didn't break, because it's duct taped together at the top there."

Wheeler took the meat out of the fish to eat but saved the skin because he plans to mount it on his wall.

The all-time state record for king salmon was set in 1978 by a fish that weighed 42.5 pounds and was 46 inches long.