New State Record For Catching The Biggest King Salmon Was Made In Ludington

A new state record was reached on Saturday by Louis Martinez, he caught a king salmon that weighs in at 47.86 pounds.

Martinez caught the fish in Ludington while aboard Ice Breakers charters.

The vessel was captained by Captain Bobby Sullivan.

“I never expected a catch like this would happen,” Martinez said. “It’s possible for anyone if I can do it! I would like to extend a great ‘thank you’ to Capt. Bobby, as it was he who made this catch possible for me.”

“Luis did an amazing job, executing perfectly everything I asked him to do in order to bring this fish in,” added Sullivan.

The record breaks the previous state-record Chinook salmon – 46.06 pounds, 43.5 inches long – caught in 1978 by Ray Essex, of Grand Rapids, out of the Grand River in Kent County.

The new state-record Chinook salmon was verified by Jay Wesley, Lake Michigan Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with Scott Heintzelman, the DNR’s Central Lake Michigan Management Unit supervisor, also present.