Al Maas: Muskie man

For nearly a half-century he has been chasing trophy muskellunge at Minnesota's Leech Lake.

Updated: July 27, 2004, 6:29 PM ET
By Ron Schara | Host of ESPN2's
"Backroads with Ron & Raven"

At the age of 66, Al Maas is still playing on his field of dreams — sprawling Leech Lake.

Most of Maas' summer days — 150 or more — are spent guiding visiting anglers for a chance to catch a fish of a lifetime — a trophy muskie. It's the fish that made the lake famous.

"Getting a muskie to open its mouth is the challenge," Mass explained the other day. "As you know, I'm highly competitive so I know I've got to fish hard to trip its trigger."

Nearly a half-century ...

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