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Tobin Lake near Nipawin is home to some very big fish. Who holds an ice fishing world record for a fish pulled out of the cold Tobin Lake waters on January 4, 2005?
a) Sister Northern Pike
Father Mariusz Zajac, a Catholic priest from Carrot River, Saskatchewan, was fishing in an ice house on the frozen waters of Tobin Lake. He was jigging a Five of Diamonds spoon tipped with a minnow. And he was praying "The Magnificat" (Luke 1:46-55) as he jigged. He hauled in a walleye that was 36.5 inches long, 22.5 inches in girth and weighed 18.3 pounds. The catch is the provincial record for walleye and also the world ice fishing record for walleye according to the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, at Hayward, Wis., USA.
In 2005, Father Zajac, who had quickly become known as “Father Walleye”, set up the Tsunami Fisherman Relief fund to benefit fishermen whose livelihoods were lost in the 2004 tsunami in southeast Asia.