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Just Off The Charts Crazy !!!

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Okay, so I have been chasing the dino-fish again lately, and sticking some monsters too, on the micro-light gear of course ;) I caught an 84" and a 90" (chart weight, 220) a couple weeks ago. Sorry I can't show you any photos, as oversizers are not allowed on the boat....

But anyway, I'm out there today and I get the classic slow Sturgy pull down, set the hook, and the little micro-light folds in half :) Fish on ! Yea' buddies ! And it felt like a good one too. So I get to my bow, toss out my anchor with buoy, and start drifting with the fish. About then, it seemed like I started gaining line really easy. I could still feel the fish, but something was goofy. About then, I start seeing my leader line, and.... WT ??? There's my hook, bait, and weight, hovering out of the water, because its hooked around another broken off line, 80lb braid no less !

So I get that line in my hands. The right side came easily, but I didn't know if it was 20 feet, or 200ft ! The left side felt snagged. So I got up over the top of it and pulled really hard, and suddenly, it lunged ! Holy #%$#% ! And talk about a directly connected feeling ! Forget the high mod rods ! This was braid straight to my hand ! :) LOL So the thing precedes to take off and it was all I could do to keep it from cutting my hand off, or taking me in the water ! But after a bit, I started getting after it pretty good with the t-motor ! :) Man, I had been battling it for at least 30 minutes.... it had blown a bunch of huge bubbles twice already, so I really was starting to feel like I would win this one.... when suddenly...... {remember the other end of that line that went off into the water ?} my t-motor seizes :( I knew exactly what it was :( So I thought about the gas motor, but then saw some more of that darn 80 lb braid wrapped back there too :(

Amazingly, I got the t-motor up, and out of the way, then just got as close the bow as possible, and still had the fish on for another 8-10 minutes with it just dragging the boat. It even drug the boat against the tide at one point, at which time it blew bubbles for the 3rd time ! I felt so close to beating this fish ! And pop ! :( I pulled in everything, the leader, the hook, swivel. Apparently it just came unbuttoned.

Anyway, I can sure see how that monster spooled somebody, if they were not ready / prepared to toss the anchor, and get after it.

Honestly, I've pulled on a 200+ lb'er recently, by my 50 lb braided leader. I know what that feels like. This fish felt MUCH bigger. 300 ? 400 ?

Darnit.... That one would have been fun on the micro-light ;) + I hooked it at about 1 pm, so I'd have had 3hrs of light if need be to land it.......

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So hey, I don't even know if I could have said "I caught that fish" if I had caught it. It wasn't on my hook, or bait ? It didn't even sniff mine ??? In the end, it was good for the Sturgy though. Now its not out there dragging 200 yards of 80 lb braid, by an 8/0 Kahle hook in its mouth !

Just unbelievable.

Peace,

Fish

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Chris, great to hear from you as always. That would be an incredible battle. I had the sense that you were moby dick as i was reading your story. Wish you would do some more bass fishing and post reports like you used to. Hope all is well and i am guessing you're still in shape for the ladies!

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Great story Chris! Next time you get some of those monsters boat side, snap a quick pic! Not too often we get a Sturgeon report on Bass Resource!

Jeff

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Wow, that's nuts! I'd love to see a sturgeon that big! At least you freed it from the line, and she's still out there! Cool story.

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Thanks guys :)

Yea', I just wish I could have seen it. I'm sure it was huge.

Once again, it just goes to show, as long as you have a line in the water, you never know what you might catch.... or how ! :)

Peace,

Fish

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Fantastic story...You da MAN!

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What a story, ChrisFish. And I love this line: "Apparently it just came unbuttoned."

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Cool story Chris. You just never know what or how some fish will make it to the boat. .

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Great story. I'd love to catch one of those monsters. We get a few sturgeon in the rivers here but they're just little shovelnose that only get a few pounds and don't fight very much.

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A real life tale akin to the tale of Santiago and his monster Blue Marlin. You gotta love it.

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Great story and adventure.

Like the movie, The Old Man and the Sea.

We really would love to see some pics, Chris.

Keep up the good work and keep us posted on your adventures.

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Great story as always Chris! I'm sure you'll be seeing that fish in your dreams. :)

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