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I have had lots of problems with turtles in the past but one turtle I never saw it

until it bit my lure. It was hiding in the rocks in the shallows. Waiting for me to reel in a fish. It blended right in with the rocks. I lost my lure that day. I never knew turtles were that smart.

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I've had them steal fish off my line before, especially in ponds. I've caught them on crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs, plastics, topwater frogs, and even one on a spook. They're more than willing to hit a bait. I was really struggling at a small lake the other day when I saw a smallish snapper pushing through the water willows on the bottom in a foot of water. Pitched my beaver bait in front of him and he was all over it. Gave me a brief fight before I got him to the boat and unhooked him to go swallow some poor catfisherman's hook. 

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