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    Your fish story

    Ok, I'll start.

    I have 7 koi (the fancy goldfish/carp type things you see in hotel ponds) that are two years old and live in a backyard garden pond during the summer and two fishtanks inside (a 30 gallon upstairs and a 55 gallon in the basement) during the coldest months.

    Anyway I got home this evening and went to feed the basement dwellers when only 4 fish looked back at me instead of the expected 5. The top of the tank lid was also flipped open. After scanning the floor I see the big guy (about the size of a 20 oz bottle) laying on the floor. He is completely dry and barely gulping with his mouth, I just about threw him out, but I've grown attached ... and I didn't think he'd flush.

    Anyway I spent about 35-40 mins holding him upright in the tank (he couldn't move his fins initially) and it took that long to "come to". 4 hours later he seems 90% recovered ... though he's acting a little strange, which I suppose is to be expected with a 5 foot fall and a heck of a long time gulping for air.

    So this is the fish thread. Do you have a pond? Have you caught a monster bass or performed CPR on a nearly dead koi recenty? Post 'em all here.



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    Re: Your fish story

    My only fish story I have is I've been fishing more than 40 times and have still NEVER caught one single fish of any kind - EVER. Maybe some day.



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    Re: Your fish story

    8 pound walleye (27.5 inches)


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    Re: Your fish story

    Goldfish are extremely resilient. I once had one flip out of the tank; I found him mostly dry and about dead, and put him back in the tank. The thing was fine after rehydrating.

    Another fish story: My dad once caught an alligator gar with his bare hands because we dared him to.


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    Re: Your fish story

    My dad has a pond on his property so we go fishing there often when we go to visit. I was out fishing there two summers ago using a simple plastic worm. I was reeling in my worm (I had caught a few small bass that day) when I see this large shadow swimming very close to the bank. So I think "I wonder if I just dangle my worm in front of him if he'll take it or it'll just scare him away." So, I gave it a little jiggle and sure enough, he took the bait. I literally just had to lift him out of the water and onto the bank after that. We didn't have a scale but it was a bass weighing about 7 or 8 lbs and probably 12-18 inches long.

    I've got a picture to prove it. (Not a digital photo though)


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    Re: Your fish story

    I caught a 10 pound catfish on my ultra-light pack rod on RAGBRAI last year. I didn't think the pole could handle. I also thought I had a state record small mouth for a little while. Oh, well it was fun for 20 minutes.



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    Re: Your fish story

    I went fly fishing for the first time one week ago. I caught my first fish on such gear by attempting to cast, except when I yanked the fly out of the water, I also yanked out a 3 inch bluegill that fly up over my head and landed on the grass behind me.



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    Re: Your fish story

    Quote Originally Posted by throwittoblythe View Post
    My dad has a pond on his property so we go fishing there often when we go to visit. I was out fishing there two summers ago using a simple plastic worm. I was reeling in my worm (I had caught a few small bass that day) when I see this large shadow swimming very close to the bank. So I think "I wonder if I just dangle my worm in front of him if he'll take it or it'll just scare him away." So, I gave it a little jiggle and sure enough, he took the bait. I literally just had to lift him out of the water and onto the bank after that. We didn't have a scale but it was a bass weighing about 7 or 8 lbs and probably 12-18 inches long.

    I've got a picture to prove it. (Not a digital photo though)
    An 18 in. bass isn't more than 3 or 4 pounds.



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    Re: Your fish story

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKyro View Post
    My only fish story I have is I've been fishing more than 40 times and have still NEVER caught one single fish of any kind - EVER. Maybe some day.
    Fishing in the bathtub will do that to you



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    Re: Your fish story

    I cut my finger on a can a tuna a few years ago.



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    Re: Your fish story

    im with southern hawk i once caught a 29 inch walleye. that was the first time i was in canada, hopefully not the last



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    Re: Your fish story

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneIce View Post
    An 18 in. bass isn't more than 3 or 4 pounds.

    In a true FISH story it can weigh more!!



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    Re: Your fish story

    The biggest fish I've ever caught was a 38" (+/- an inch) Northern Pike. Smallest fish was aforementioned in my first post in the thread.



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    Re: Your fish story

    Devils Lake North Dakota....I took the Picture, it took both of us over 1 hour to land "Walter"
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    Re: Your fish story

    Fishing with my father in Ontario, Canada below a set of waterfalls. We were jigging for walleyes with a 3/8oz jighead/twistertail combo tipped with a nightcrawler.

    Father hooks a walleye, about 17 inches, and is bringing it in to the boat when all of a sudden the mother of all northern pike comes out of nowhere and latches onto the walleye. We had seen this before and even been able to net both fish in the past at once (even though technically the walleye is the only one hooked), but never a northern of this size.

    I grabbed the net and my father tried to ease it toward the boat hoping it wouldn't let go of the walleye. This went on for a couple minutes and we got it right next to the boat, but as I went to put the net in the water, the big pike let go.

    A friend and his son who were there on the trip soon came around the bend in their boat and asked us how we were doing. We told them there was a giant pike in the area that had not been hooked, only bit into the walleye, so we knew there was a chance we could still boat it. They threw some spoons on their rods and started casting. About 5 casts in the son hooks the same giant pike. He fights him for a few minutes, but again the pike is able to free itself by breaking the line. After several more casts, they leave out of frustration and we assume the pike is not going to hit again.

    My father and I continue walleye fishing and about 20 minutes later, my father hooks that dang pike again with his walleye rig. 8lb line and no steel leader is no guarantee to boat a fish of this size, but luckily the old pike was worn out and we were able to boat it this time.

    We had no scale, but it was 47" long and it still had the lure from our friend in its mouth from breaking his line. We removed the lure and were going to use that as proof we caught the fish. We spent upward of an hour trying to revive the pike in the water, but the old fish was too tuckered and had seen its last day.

    We decided if we were going to kill it, we were going to do it in style so we cut its head off and put the lure from the broken line in it's mouth. When we got back to camp, we put the fishhead (with the lure) in our friend's boat.

    Needless to say they were shocked at the discovery later that day.


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