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Old 09-03-2003, 08:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Caught a bunch of smallies but most of them were 6-12 inches. Did catch one that was 14, but in the shallow water it fought like it was an 18 incher. I also just about got spooled by something big. I was using a black twister and had a decent hit. I set the hook and this thing just took off. I fish with 10 pound Power Pro line which is more like 20 pound test. This fish had my drag screaming. My pole, which is a medium heavy 7 foot, was bent over like never before. I fish with my drag tight but that didn't matter this fish was going down river. The fish ran about 100 yards down river and I knew I had to turn him or I would get spooled. Since I was using a 1/16th ounce light wire jig, I didn't want to pull to hard, but I had to do something. I slowly put my hand on the spool to slow it down. I turned his head and stopped him for a moment, then he took off again and my jig came out. The hook wasn't straightened all the way but enough for him to get off. So what was it? Well since I didn't land it, IT HAD TO BE A CARP. But after thinking about it for awhile, I'm not really sure. I was fishing a deep hole with shallow water all around it so who knows. All big fish go crazy in shallow water. I still really believe it was a carp though. This was the second time this year this has happen to me. Although the last time it was a 20 pound carp that I snagged. At least I saw that one.
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Old 09-03-2003, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Hi Iscott,

Great post. I have an extremely difficult time forgiving myself when I lose a fish like that. It's the most disappointing feeling that I can have. I mean it really puts me in a soggy mood. I keep wondering what the fish may have been. No matter how hard I try to figure it out, my imagination is never enough. Nothing outside of seeing what that fish was could satisfy me.

Anyone has any thoughts or suggestions on how to get over this inevitable occurence without so much mental anquish.

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Old 09-03-2003, 11:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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lscott,

Not sure where you were fishing yesterday, but I got skunked from 6:45 pm to 8:15 in Oswego. One little bump, but that was it. It was really good fishing until those 2 days of rain. That was a reel drag.

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Just out of curiousity, how were the water levels out there, since we had the rains?
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Maybe a pike, muskie, flathead, or a carp like you said. If I were you, I would have seriously ran downstream with the fish.
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Still pretty low JB!!!
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Maybe it was a Pacu
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Old 09-05-2003, 07:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi Aquaman;
You wanted some suggestions on how to get over the anguish of losing a big fish you didn't get a chance to see. When that happens to me I tell my partner "Oh well it probably was a lowly Carp." I am still a bit T- offed, to think it still would have been a challenge to get him in. I never let it enter my mind that it could have been a Musky or a big Walleye.
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Hi Chuck,

Yeah, I guess that'll work for me too. But I'll just tell myself that the fish was probably a monster sheepshead. That way I'll get over it much quicker.

Thanks for the tip.

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