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St. Michael's College freshman reels in record setter

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When Lauren Dunn moved to Vermont to go to St. Michael's College it didn't take her long to start setting records. She and a guide were fishing on Lake Champlain earlier this month when she reeled in a big one!

"Paddled around, didn't see anything and we were actually about to move spots and I hooked that pike," said Dunn.

After a seven-minute struggle, they pulled the northern pike into the canoe, weighed it and released it back into the lake.

"I knew it was definitely a big fish and I was hoping that it would be a record, but I didn't know for sure until I got it in the net and could really see how big it was," said Dunn.

At 12 pounds and 39 inches, she says it's a record and now she's just waiting for confirmation from the International Game Fish Association.

Reporter Cat Viglienzoni: Do they look at you and see 'world record fisherwoman'? 

Dunn: No, definitely not. They're always super-shocked when I tell them I fish, and then they're always even more shocked when I tell them I catch world-record fish.

Dunn has lost track, but she estimates that she's gotten about 40 world records. She says, there are many because of the way they're measured.

"They are definitely a lot more common than you think and it's not just the biggest fish of the species that has ever been caught. There are line class records," said Dunn. "This is for an 8-lb tippet northern pike record."

The 20-year-old is from Truckee, California near Lake Tahoe. She says, she's been fishing her whole life and credits it to her dad, who taught her.

"Ever since I was four or five and had the ability to hold a fly rod I was out fishing with him," said Dunn.

But even with her many records, she has as many stories of the ones that got away.

"You just sit there so defeated because you knew that was your one shot for the day and you weren't ready. Because you've been sitting there for five hours, how are you supposed to know that was when it's going to hit," said Dunn.

But she was ready for this fish and now she has a new record to beat here in Vermont.

Dunn plays soccer right now for St. Mikes, but was recruited by the college for their alpine ski team. She says, in addition to skiing this winter, she is also eager to try ice fishing for the first time.

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