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The one that didn’t get away

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ROCK RAPIDS, IA (KELO) — The widespread flooding in southeastern KELOLAND has left a lot of homeowners searching for personal belongings that were lost in the high rushing water and that includes a family in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

This 10-pound walleye was caught 36 years ago and mounted as a trophy, but it’s still putting up a fight.

“Well my dad was a great fisherman and this was his pride and joy,” Kim Geerdes said.

It hung in her husband’s man cave for over 30 years.

Laura Sandbulte with the found trophy fish.

But when Kim Geerdes’ home flooded over the weekend, the rushing waters of the Rock River took a lot of their personal belongings, including the mounted walleye.

Thankfully, though, a couple of days later, one of her neighbors, who was out looking for her mom’s personal belongings, saw some of them hung up on tree branches.

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“Then I was like I wonder what’s in the next tree and I found a huge fish tail, and of course I couldn’t grab it,” Laura Sandbulte said.

So she asked her mom to come reel it in and discovered it belonged to someone.

At first, they thought it was a fish from the nearby Rock River.

But later learned it had been mounted, because of this plaque and knew it belonged to her neighbor.

“She surprised me they showed up, we were staying at a friends and they showed up last night and it really shocked me,” Geerdes said.

Kim Geerdes was grateful to get the fish back.

“I don’t have a lot of physical memories of my dad, so this means a lot to me to get this back,” Geerdes said.

Now that they have the fish back, the question is, what are they going to do with it? Kim’s house was seriously damaged in the flood.

“She’s going into storage until we find out where we are going to live next,” Geerdes said.

Until then, they have a story to tell their grandchildren, about the one fish that didn’t get away.

Geerdes’ home was just one of many that were impacted by the high water.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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