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dink_maester

Quite An Ordeal

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So… I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before.  I had quite an ordeal landing this one fish lol.

Fishing off this little walkway that runs over a creek that joins two ponds together, I was flipping a jig into the creek when I missed a strike. I followed up with a Texas rigged 7.5 inch green pumpkin culprit worm on a spinning setup with 8lb mono. I made a bad cast over a limb that was hanging inches above the water and got the line wrapped around it.

 

Before I could reel it in to make a better cast, a 1lber inhaled my lure and got wrapped around another branch. I’m standing there thinking to myself the hook is going to pop off and he’ll be on his way. No such luck, he was stuck there 15 feet down the bank in the middle of the creek. I made my way down to the bank pushing through poison ivy and thinking about the 3 foot long copperhead I saw in that spot a few months back. I get down there and had to use a stick to pull the line towards me and unwrap it before I could lip the fish.

 

Finally I get to the fish and find out he’s hooked on the gullet. Crap! So I’m crouching over 4 feet of water standing in snake infested poison ivy, working on the fish with my pliers when they slip and fall into the water. Fish in one hand and frantically trying to feel around the bottom with my other, I turn up empty. In the end I was able to cut the line and push the hook out through the gills and revive the fish and watch it swim off.

I called it a day after that and walked away minus my pliers and feeling kinda dumb. At least I saved the fish and my tackle though. It wasn’t funny when it happened, but I thought someone else may get a kick out of it.     

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Yep.  Earlier this year I had one get tangled in a bush, and I had to climb down a bank to get it off.  Good job on saving the fish!

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Haha wow...seems like an interesting outing.

When crazy unfortunate stuff like that happens it just turns into a good memory..at least in my experience.

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Nice pics

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Quite an ordeal indeed. I had a bait suspended inches above the water once also. A little bass decided to strike and connect with my lure. So now I had a suspended bass over the branch which caught the attention of a big gator. After several attempts and the gator barreling its way toward the little bass, the branch broke off and I was able to quickly reel the bass in and avoid it from being an appetizer.

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Now that's devotion.

 

You are da man and you get the Award of The Year for Guts and Glory.

 

Believe me, I would have cut the line and wished that bass all the best.

 

I don't like snakes or snake infested areas and also avoid all poison ivy and oak.

 

Only animal missing from your story was an alligator which we don't have in Virginia.

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