By KIM FUNDINGSLAND
COLEHARBOR A new lure, a canoe, a few casts and a state record fish. What a day for 9-year old Brayden Selzler of Velva!
Selzler caught a 4 pound, 12 ounce goldeye at Lake Audubon on July 25. The old state record of 3 pounds, 13 ounces seems small now, but it stood at number one since May 30, 1998. That catch was reeled in by Craig Unser of Mandan at New Johns Lake.
Dorothy Jo Selzler, Brayden's mother, witnessed her son's record catch. She was on shore while Brayden and 6-year-old cousin Morgan Weigel were a few yards away in a canoe.
"He casted about five times and ended up getting it," said Dorothy Jo Selzler. "He was about 20 feet off shore. I watched him catch it, reel it in and net it himself. He knew what it was right away and was excited and screaming that he'd never caught one that big!"
The fish was hooked so well that Brayden paddled back to shore for help in removing the hook. His brothers and father were there. They realized the goldeye was probably a new state record and took the fish to an official weigh station at the Garrison Cenex. The scale confirmed the record.
The lure Brayden used to catch the new state record was a Rapala crankbait that he won at the Junior Governor's Cup the previous weekend.
"It is a one piece, light blue minnow Rapala," said Brayden Selzler. "I was just casting the crankbait into shore and reeling in when I caught it."
The Selzler's contacted John Plesuk at AAA Taxidermy for the purpose of having a permanent mount made of the glistening state record.
"We had Brayden going for quite a while that night," laughed Dorothy Jo Selzler, "He was pretty excited. He loves fishing and would fish all day if you'd let him."
Why not? He's the holder of a state record fish at age 9. There's many more species and many more records to be broken.