We first met Chris Benedict and Olivia Laine this past January, when we did a story about how this adventurous outdoorsy couple from Waldoboro landed a WHOPPER of a fish on an ice-fishing escapade in the Belgrade Lakes area.

Chris Benedict (caught the fish), photo by Olivia Laine
Chris Benedict (caught the fish), photo by Olivia Laine
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Benedict and Laine, who have known each other for a decade, started dating about 3 years ago. They have a mutual passion for getting outside and enjoying what Maine has to offer, and they share that passion with their fans through a YouTube Channel called Fishin4adventure.

Fishin4adventure, Olivia Laine & Chris Benedict
Fishin4adventure, Olivia Laine & Chris Benedict
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In January, they hauled in a 40" Pike, and took the state by storm with the pictures and video of their mighty catch!

So many folks took notice, they were even written up in Outdoor Life Magazine. It was at the end of that article, that it was hinted that their relationship, through their shared love of the sport, was destined for great things.

Fishin4adventure, Olivia Laine & Chris Benedict
Fishin4adventure, Olivia Laine & Chris Benedict
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"Benedict is a merchant mariner, working on an Alaskan ship for two weeks, then two weeks home back in Maine. Olivia is a dental hygienist and works her schedule to coordinate with Benedict’s.

'When I’m home in Maine, Liv and I get outdoors as much as possible, fishing mostly, but some hunting, too,' he says. 'Her love for Maine’s fishing and the outdoors is the same as mine, and marriage for us is imminent.'"

Making it official, Olivia Laine & Chris Benedict
Making it official, Olivia Laine & Chris Benedict
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Well, Benedict did finally make it official last month, on a trip to the Grand Canyon, of all places, overlooking Hopi Point.

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According to the Fishin4Adventure Facebook Page post:

"Set the hook on the best catch of my life! So excited and thankful for life with my best friend!"

Olivia's Ring, Olivia Laine & Chris Benedict
Olivia's Ring, Olivia Laine & Chris Benedict
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"We both are so happy about the recent engagement! Like we both said it’s something we both knew was coming and was right, feels amazing to have it be official"

What a view!, Olivia Laine & Chris Benedict
What a view!, Olivia Laine & Chris Benedict
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Now that's one fantastic personal best!

Chris and Olivia, we wish you both the very best of luck and love in the future.

15 Must-Have Items For Ice Fishing Season In Maine

Ice fishing is an excellent way to embrace the cold winter months in Maine. It will get you outdoors for some fresh air, it's family friendly, and a successful day could yield a tasty dinner. If you're new to the sport, we put together a list of gear you'll need for a fun, comfortable, and successful day on the ice. Some of these items are more essential than others. Some gear may not be essential at all, depending on how you plan to fish. Again, the items we listed are geared towards those who are new to ice fishing.

Before we get to the list, remember to dress appropriately for the cold weather. We didn't put warm outerwear on the list, but it's definitely a must-have. Dressing in layers is important to ensure you're warm enough throughout the day on the ice. If you start getting too warm, you can simply take a layer off. Hand warmers are also worth packing.

Best Mouth-Watering Fish & Chips in Androscoggin County

A commenter on a Facebook Group called, "Lewiston Rocks" posed a question on where the best Fish & Chips are and I dove into the comments and found the best places to provide this dish, according to you!