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Wisconsin boy makes catch of a lifetime

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BRISTOL, Wis. (WISN) —It's the big one that didn't get away. Jace Hack, 6, caught a lake trout Sunday that got him $20,000.

It's safe to say Jace, of Bristol, enjoys fishing at his favorite place.

“Lake Michigan,” Jace said.

“3:30 in the morning, I woke up Jim, Jack and Jace, and we headed out,” Jace’s dad, Jeff Hack, said.

Jeff Hack loaded up his boat, and his boys for the final day of Salmon-A-Rama, a week-long fishing contest in southeastern Wisconsin. Jace got a bite.

“He fought it for a while. I got a special rod holder in my boat that he uses, all the boys use, so they can stand there and crank them in,” Jeff Hack said.

“Super heavy,”Jace said.

Jace's fish almost didn't make it to the weigh-in. It was caught 6 miles offshore. The tournament was coming to an end, and they ran into trouble on the boat.

“We were on our way in, motor started sputtering out, and we got it going again, We got pretty close and switched to the smaller kicker motor,” Jeff Hack said.

They made it back, tired but victorious.

“He weighs about 34 pounds, and the fish weighed about 25 pounds, so it was a battle of size, I guess, but Jace won,” Jeff Hack said.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime catch for most.

The family is going to have the fish mounted, and Jace said he will proudly display it in his room.

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