I started out fishing shallow at daybreak. 20 min in my tip up closest to shore flag goes off.. I pull in a 24 inch 5 lbs pickerl and that was it till noon... No more flags.. I had a lot of smallerbait from last weeks trip fishing for perch and crappie so I moved all my tip ups out 100 yards to a drop that I had my new holes at 18-25 feet fishing perch and crappie... I am using 1 inch shiners and they are tiny... I get a flag and I pull in my biggest perch ever... Nice 12inch fatty... I had a few later misses on the smaller fish that day .. Then at 415 pm my flag goes off.. I am fishing alone and no 1 in sight... I start pulling in a hog on a 1 inch shiner.. The funny thing is I had no mono to fish for small fish so I left on my 18 inch red liters and small trebles ..this pike ran from the hole 5 times .. What power it displayed... I had my trusty gaff on me as usual cause I usually fish for pike..I finally hooked it by the mouth and brought it up.. 38 inch pike 13 lbs and it was 17 round girth... What a hog !!!!! And this was my biggest pike ever... I had 6 flags all day and 3 of them were my 3 biggest caught of the species.. What a day
One night at midnight I went out to check my tip-ups and while I was checking them, I had a flag go up and it was freezing and I wanted to go back to the shack but I went over and took it and it felt huge. Shook his head twice and came straight up like a log.
Was opening day of trout hooked into this 23 1/2"
Palomino Trout. My friend in the boat tried to net it twice and dropped back in the water before I brought it to the boat the 3rd time and we got it in the boat.
Won big fish contest at the camp that year
It was a cool early (sunrise) morning, my wife and I had just closed on our home that we purchased at Topsail Island the previous day and I could not wait to get out to the water. I was using live shrimp and when it hit...WOW...thought maybe it was a small shark...it put up a good fight. I was fishing the suds as I always do and caught three more puppy drum that day but this one was by far the BIGGEST I have caught so far.
A storm was about an hour away. I had just thrown out a nice chunk of lady fish. We were out on the south jetty in Port Aransas Texas; fishing on the surf side. I saw my rod tip bounce twice, and then it happened. The drag on my little penn pursuit ll started singing. I only had 20 lb braid on the reel;so I had the drag set pretty lite. I picked up the rod, and leaned back to let tha # 12 mustad circle hook set tight. The fight was on. I chased that fish trying to navigate from rock to rock. 40 minutes and a couple of beautiful aerial jumps later. I landed my first black tip. Weighing 70 lbs and measuring in at 5 foot 3 ". What a shark from the bank. That was one of 3 black tips we caught in that last hour before the storm. A very solid afternoon for the four of us
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