Joined: 20 Jul 2005 Posts: 120 Location: Lake Tahoe CA.
Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:12 pm Post subject: Fish that got Away!
Hey all, lets share a story each of the one that haunts us. We all have many but there is always one that sticks hard on the mind. Mine was on a very rainy , windy day back home on Tahoe fishing 6lb test mono on over size ocean spinning gear. Thats how we used to do it, the fish hit and took all but a few wraps of my line. My good buddy backed down in the waves and no lie we had a couple come over the back. bilge pump on,and my 22 footer is more than seaworthy! I had the big hookjaw to the boat 4 times within net range but it did not come together. We would back down , put the boat in neutral and one wave would push us away because of the light drag and some inexperience with big fish. Well it rolled up in the 6lb test and it was over. I still see the 36 to 38 inch Brown as clear as day.I will never forget my very good friend who just got back that week from catching Silver Salmon in Alaska that ran 12 to 16 lbs that year saying "that was bigger than the Salmon we were catching" Thanks Buddy! I will say that that fished helped me with others and I think the big fish that get away motivate us more than the fish we catch at times! _________________
Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:25 am Post subject: fishy
This one is kinda a trout... same species anyhow... Oncorhynchus mykiss. It was a rainy, overcast day and I was casting spinners with 8 pound test on an light gloomis rod on my favorite, little coastal creek in Oregon. I was in a canoe in tidewater and the water was coming into shape nicely. Big, wild winter steelhead were known to be in this area and I had landed several in the 10 - 15 pound range in the past.
I hooked into a nice fish that took a lot of line after I set the hook. My brother Phil was paddling the canoe and we chased it around a bit. The water got shallow and we caught sight of the fish, which was absolutely huge... one of the largest steelhead I have ever seen in person. I have landed a fair amount of steelhead in the 18 - 22 pound range so I know what a big steelhead looks like.
Anyhow, the big fish took off on a long run and we followed as best we could but couldn't stop the fish and it ended up spooling me after one of the most incredible runs I have ever had a fish take on me. I didn't have a full spool of line on my spinning reel that day but it was only the 3rd time in my life I have been spooled by a fish, (lots of people say they have been spooled but it rarely happens if you have your drag set right, etc). A steelhead in Oregon over 20 is quite a feat and this one was well over 20 pounds. _________________
Joined: 28 Sep 2008 Posts: 186 Location: Torrance, CA
Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:09 pm Post subject:
Mine was just back in July this year fishing Largemouth. I was working a set of points and metered some good fish a little deeper decided to fish a little deep and as my lure fell of a shelf It stoped so I dropped the rod and started my retrieve and I thought I might be snagged on a rock and felt a thump. I set the hook hard and the rod loaded up and felt some big headshakes and as I worked the fish up next to the boat I knew it was a good fish. It came almost netting distance from the boat and I saw the size of the bass 12-14lbs, it did three big headshakes and broke my 12lb test at the boat. It would have been my best bass. _________________ Good Luck,
Joined: 27 Dec 2005 Posts: 348 Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:31 pm Post subject:
Good Thread, Mike. Good idea.
My best fish lost still plays on me. Nightmares...
In my younger years, as a 2nd Lt in Great Falls, Montana, I had a reputation for catching good fish. I found that senior officers wanted me to take them fishing as an unoffical guide. I was thrilled to death to go fishing with Colonels and such. One time, I was fishing with a nice guy, a Major in my neighborhood in a 14' Deep Vee. At Holter Reservoir, the Montana Fish & Game people liked to release thousands of fingerlings, rather than stocking full sized fish. The rainbow trout (usually 18-24") would gorge themselves. A 2" silver & black Rapala on light line was the ticket.
So, you can fill in the blanks. I had over 100 yards of 4# line out and had this very large brown nail the plug. Total surprise; although Holter is on the Missouri River system, which has lots of browns, none of us had ever caught a brown out of Holter. Got the fish in to boatside and my friend stabbed with the net, instead of scooping. I was about 3' away from that Brown. I came close to throwing that Major into the lake!
Oh, what a fish!! _________________ Mark-O
Brown Trout-Aholics Anonymous
Joined: 04 Jan 2004 Posts: 223 Location: South Lake Tahoe
Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:43 pm Post subject:
1) Fallen Leaf Lake, 1996, sunrise, late November. Drifting minnows off the bottom in 100 feet of water for mackinaw, we had a couple of three pounders in the boat when at 6:50 a.m. (these things stick in your mind), 'the big one' hit.
I had 8 pound line on spinning gear, and in my buddy's little Valco aluminum boat with electric motor, I fought this giant lake trout until it broke me off at 10:20, exactly THREE AND A HALF HOURS LATER.
I pumped it up off the bottom again and again, then it would either run straight back down, or move off to the side. We'd use the motor to get back over it, then it would take all the line we'd gained back off my reel. We saw it once below the boat, and it was a lake trout easily over 30 pounds, possibly over 40 (which would have been a California state record).
It just had its way with me; at one point I went to turn my drag up another notch and found it was already turned all the way up. My biggest mistake (as Mike Nielsen said, due to less experience with big fish) was to stalemate with this leviathan, neither giving nor taking line as it sat at mid-depth, pretty much resting up for the next run. If I had to do it over again I would have backed off the drag and let it run, then tightened up again and put the boots to it when it paused between runs.
Oh, and when my buddy kept saying "I have to go to work, man, get that thing in..." I would have said "You may lose your job today" instead of trying too hard to horse it in because he was bitching. Three hours, the longest and shortest three hours in my life.
2) Bass River, Cape Cod, around 1990. This is a tidal river with a powerful current that pours in and then back out through rip-rap boulder jetties on either side, extending well out into the Atlantic.
I was staying at a hotel with my girlfriend, and I had left her to do some night fishing for stripers. I had my 10 foot surfcaster with spinning reel, 15 pound Big Game Line, a four-ounce sliding pyramid sinker, 60 pound leader, 5/0 bass fishing worm hook and 15 inch live eel. The 60 pound leader was for bluefish, which will also hit the eel and have a wicked set of teeth. Steel leaders are better, but the stripers don't like to bite on metal leaders, so this compromise usually lets you reel in a bluefish or two if a school moves through before they chew through the thick mono.
One good cast to the middle of the channel, tap on the bottom with the heavy weight, then tap, tap, tap again with the incoming tide further upriver, my 1/4 pound weight bouncing like a splitshot. Then my line stopped dead, I gave a tug, and my line yanked violently back, then went dead. I reeled in to find the 60 pound leader bitten through. Too powerful for a bluefish, and too toothsome as well. "Shark!" I thought as I rerigged with another jumbo eel, this time on a 30-pound-test Berkely Steelon nylon coated steel leader.
One more identical cast, drift and another monster hit, but this fish stayed on, and headed against the incoming tide, straight out to sea, taking over 300 yards of line before pausing. Having caught stripers over 30 pounds on this rod and line, I knew I could only have hooked a big shark, and as I kept it on, gaining then losing line, I began to envision how I might ride, say, a 250 pound blue shark in to the beach outside the jetty on a breaker, timing that last pull perfectly with the wave coming in. I was even picturing myself in the local paper with my amazing catch, when my fish tore off on another run and my line once again went dead.
Heartbroken, I reeled in to find not that my 15 pound line had snapped, but that the clip at the end of the steel leader had been pulled out of its sleeve and straightened. Note to Berkely's R & D Department: You should make your 30 pound leaders stronger than your 15 pound line!
I then stayed out on that jetty without another bite until 3 or 4 a.m.; my girlfriend called the police because she figured maybe I fell in the ocean and died. They actually came out to where I was fishing, and I asked them to hang around, so if I hooked another shark, when I got it in they could shoot it. they laughed, gave me a field sobriety test, then made me go back to my girlfriend at the hotel. _________________
Joined: 20 Jul 2005 Posts: 120 Location: Lake Tahoe CA.
Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:34 pm Post subject:
Thanks for the stories team, fun to share and read and relive through words. Weez dem saltwater critters sure are a different deal no doubt! Its really a fact of anything goes anytime! I will share one more story from the salt but fact is as many big one's landed as many have gotten away.
Now most years we would head down to mexican water of baja or the east cape and have landed Yellowfin, Dorado, Marlin,and others from 40 to 200 lbs. One year we went to Puerto Rico and after catching all sorts of fish we were trolling a nice size false albacore when Im 80 % sure we hooked into a very big shark! 45 min of big time tension on 80lb test with the small boat fallowing this fish resulted in a sore arm lots of sweat some cuse words and a broken line. never saw the fish that almost emptied the reel on the first run and the second. Lots of fun and a memory for ever! _________________
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