French Broad River “Muskie Mile” provides Monster Catch

Park Baker / The Transylvania Times

David Bergman went Fishing recently on the infamous “muskie mile” of the French Broad River expecting to catch a muskie.

What he didn’t expect was to land the 5-foot monster female that hit his line harder than anything he has ever experienced.

Bergman, a Brevard College graduate and Fishing guide and expert, said that the fish could be a French Broad record and that the state record was caught in Lake Adger.

“They don’t do records for specific bodies of water,” said Bergman. “So, it makes it difficult to compare, but I was using my 13-foot canoe to try and measure her, and she was every bit of 5 feet long. I would say she weighed about 50 pounds.”

Bergman said that when she hit his line, two male muskies darted away from her.

“The female muskie usually has scars all over her,” he said. “The males will nip at her and try get her to spawn, so I guess I was her way out of a bad date.”

Luckily, Bergman had a little assistance on the river that day from another canoeist who happened to come up from behind.

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