Paradis duo enjoys magical muskie catch
By DAVE SHEA
Oldschool Sports NNY
When it comes to challenges, Ogdensburg's Robert Paradis does things in a big way with the help of great family support.
Recently he undertook the Great Cycling Challenge for raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer. Accompanied by his wife Sue in a support vehicle, he pedaled 13 straight 100 mile day rides to travel from his home to Florida overcoming any number of physical adversities to reach his mileage goal.
On Tuesday he and his son Brad went out for a bass fishing outing on the St. Lawrence River preparing for upcoming Northern New York Bassmasters Club Tournaments. It turned into a magical experience for the father and son team who are one of the most successful teams on the Northern New York Bassmasters Tournament Trail.
Dragging a tube along the bottom in 13-feet of water Paradis hooked a massive muskie on 12 pound Vanish line on a spinning reel. After an epic battle between man and fish Paradis landed the river behemoth which was 55 1/2 inches long with a 22-inch girth. The fish was released in full health after some quick photos and was estimated to weigh 45 pounds.
"We took a couple of photos, released her and she swam away for another day," said Paradis who credited his son for an amazing land.
Because NNY Bassmasters Club anglers are not allowed to use a net in their tournaments, there was no net in the boat.
Brad Paradis, who is a very successful pro fisherman fishing on a different tours, articulately picked his opportunity and landed the fish by hand.
"Brad pulled the fish out of the water with his hands," said Robert Paradis with a sense of gratitude that he could share a lifetime experience with his son.
"For all the good you‘ve done in life, God just gave you a reward , to let you land that once in a lifetime fish. YOU deserve it too!," said longtime friend and fellow Northern New York Bassmasters Club angler Paul Streeter in a Facebook page expressing the thoughts of the many friends of Robert Paradis.
Several photos and a video of the catch are available on Brad Paradis' Facebook page.