Why Dull a Good Hook?

Discussion in 'OKLAHOMA LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by FishOnChuck, May 23, 2008.

  1. FishOnChuck

    FishOnChuck New Member

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    Took my daughter catfishing at Ft. Gibson Lake last Sunday morning. After catching shad at the back of a cove at daylight, I decided to put out a few rods there as quite a few fish were feeding in the area. After throwing out the first rod and putting it in the rod holder, I went to bait up a second. My daughter started hollering, tried to get the rod out of the holder, and the fight was on. I went to the back of the boat to get the net and heard her holler "What is that?!" when the fish came up to look around. After a few strong runs, she finally got the fish back near the boat. When it rolled, I saw it was a paddlefish with the line wrapped around its middle and the hook lying along its side (unhooked). It looked like someone had wrapped it up and tied it neatly like a package. I thought there was no way this would hold long, but after several more runs and unsuccessful netting attempts, we finally got it in the boat. A picture is attached. Only thing I can guess is that it swam into the line, wrapped itself up, and the tying job held. My daughter was quite excited and had never seen a paddlefish. I explained that the chances of that happening again were about one-in-a-million. In all the excitement of taking pictures and trying to get the fish back safely in the lake, I forgot to weigh it. Any of you more experienced snaggers have a guess on weight? We went on to catch quite a few eater-sized blues, so it was a good day. While the biggest fish of the day was never hooked, my daughter now is. :smile2:
     

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  2. leupy

    leupy New Member

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    I have never seen one either. Very nice story and one you both will remember forever.
     

  3. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    I wouldn't guess the weight but thanks for pic and congrats on the memory for ya'll.
     
  4. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    That thing is huge, I dont believe I could guess the weight but thats a humungous spoon bill, thats the biggest one I have ever seen, I say it probably would go at least good 50 pounds or more thanks for sharing the picture with us, and good luck to you from here on out on the rest of your fishing trips.
     
  5. Larry Collier

    Larry Collier New Member

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    Steve that is a great story and o0ne that I am sure the two of you will tell for years to come. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    On the weight it is hard to say because the lower 1/3 or so of the fish is out of the picture. But I feel safe in saying it looks like an easy 30 pounder to me. The thing about judging weight on a spoon is forcing yourself to overlook those huge gill plates and long paddle.

    Congrats Steve's daughter!

    Larry
     
  6. FourWinds

    FourWinds New Member

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    Nice looking fish and a great story!
     
  7. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper New Member

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    Steve, that's a huge spoonbill. Congrats to your daughter! Wish we could add those points to the "Fish Off". It is a hige fish and thanks for the report!
     
  8. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    The weight is not important. Tell your daughter congrats on a nice fish. She will always remember it.:smile2:
     
  9. xringer3

    xringer3 New Member

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    By looking at the size of the bill and mouth with what I can see of the body, It looks like the ones we snag on the wall that go between 45 to 50lbs. Tell her congrats on the great catch. Now she'll want you to rig her up and take her snagging.
     
  10. lonnie84

    lonnie84 New Member

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    Congrats' to your daughter and you. :big_smile: