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In search of The Big One on Canandaigua Lake

The fish is out there. Somewhere.

Not too long ago, Nate Holden of South Bristol reeled in a 12-pound, 31-inch lake trout while out fishing Canandaigua Lake with a friend.

Holden was giving him a few pointers about fishing for lake trout and hoping to find the perfect spot to catch them, in anticipation of this weekend’s Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby.

As he usually does, he let the fish go. So that alone should be motivation for the 37th annual, two-day derby, which kicks off Saturday morning. The derby is a fundraiser for Camp Good Days and Special Times, Mercy Flight and Hospeace House.

That this whopper is still out there is motivating him, because all he will let on is he first caught the fish “in the middle of the lake.”

“I don’t want to give up my spot before the tournament,” Holden said.

Holden caught the fish using a Sutton 88 spoon, made in Naples, and an old-fashioned method of reeling in the fish by hand with copper rigging.

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