2013 Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River
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A heart-breaker for Murray

9:04 am EDT, Aug 11, 2013 | By Dave Precht

Aaron Martens and John Murray  have been hiding in plain sight, usually on the wrong side of islands we've been driving by. We found Murray fishing grassbeds and rocks along a rock wall near Ogdensburg just now and watched him long enough to see him lose a 4-plus-pound smallmouth. He had the fish hooked up solidly. Even three acrobatic jumps couldn't throw the hook. But as he got it near the boat, the fish apparently bored into grass or wrapped around zebra mussel encrusted rocks and broke his line. Murray has three fish in the well sorar, his marshal told us, and that one would have been so far the heaviest. I think I have good photos of a couple of the fish jumps, but that's no consolation for Murray.

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