November 16, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 270

Young angler has big day on water

MERCER, Wis. - To say Mitch Pierce, a fifth grader at the Mercer school, had a good day of musky fishing would be a vast understatement.

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MITCH PIERCE shows off half of his day\'s catch from a Mercer, Wis., area lake.

Pierce started a summer day on an unnamed Mercer area lake by catching a 37-inch musky, the biggest of his young fishing career. Later that same day, he followed up that success with a 44-inch monster.

Some musky fishermen never land a 40-plus-inch fish in their angling lifetimes.

"Mitch credited his parents, Micki and Chris Holstrom, for always taking him fishing and being great guides," said Mercer School District administrator Eric Torkelson.

Although only a fifth grader, Pierce is definitely big man on campus.