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Hopefully my fail today will make for a good discussion.  I only have two rods, one spinning combo with 14 pound test Trilene, and my medium heavy baitcasting setup.  I always try to have both ready to go with something I know I can start the day with.  I knew I'd be getting to my spot early, and always see fish busting in the morning, so I thought I'd try a frog, which of course I needed to put on my baitcasting rod.  I just got my first spinnerbait Saturday and I was anxious to try it, so I decided to tie it on my spinning combo.  Sure enough, I don't get any love with the frog, so I grab my spinning rod and cast a few times.  Sure enough, I get a hit, and then a definite bite.  I set the hook, and it's on!  (I have never caught a bass yet, so I am really excited.)  I'm reeling it in, talking to it saying, "What are you?  What are you?!"  hoping I haven't got another walleye or catfish for some reason.  Sure enough, it gets close to the dock, and it's a surprisingly large bass.  Surprisingly large for me, I mean.  Probably a 2 pound smallie if I had to guess, but I'm probably wrong.  Just as it gets to the dock, I see it turn and try to head directly away from me.  I immediately try to turn him back, and SNAP my line breaks.  The fish swims away, spinner and all.  Not only am I ticked I lost the fish, but I feel like a heel because I hate to think that the fish has to deal with a spinnerbait hooked in it's lip now too.  Hopefully somebody else catches it somehow and can free it from it before it dies.

So that's my question for today:  Have you ever caught a fish that still had someone else's lure still hooked to it somehow?

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I have a fish roaming around my local honey hole with my favorite hollow body frog in it's mouth. I hope to catch it again, or hope that he's able to spit it out at some point.

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yep, most recent was a spotted bass choking up a whacky rigged worm, hook, ring and all from way down inside there. It came out breach too. i kept the ring.

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Years ago I fished a local reservoir often. Wife wanted to have a fish fry so I  kept enough bass for that (usually I catch and release, but if Momma wants fish, I bring home fish).

Kept a bunch of small ones and as I am cleaning one little guy about 12 or 13 inches long I find the "point" half of a worm hook in his stomach. The thing had broken off and the fisherman reeled back the "eye" half of the hook. The bass couldn't have been over 13 inches but I have often wondered how many times that angler told the story of the bass he hooked that was so gigantic that it literally broke the hook .

If he only knew !

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Yup, several times. And also have caught fish with my own lure from a previous cast that had wrapped me up around a stump and broke me off...caught the fish and got my crankbait back! Lol 

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Yes I have caught several bass with another lure still attached to it.My favorite instance was when I caught a decent(+20") bass with one of my topwaters still hanging from its mouth(lost this bass a couple days ago before I finally caught it).I removed both topwaters from its mouth and the bass swam off strong when I released it.

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It has happened many times to me.  Loads of worm hooks, one bass had two hooks still attached, a deep diving crank bait, a peacock with a fire tiger rattle trap attached,  a chug bug, and a #9 rapala stick bait.  It happens often in fishing.  As long as they can open their mouth, they will keep eating!

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27 minutes ago, geo g said:

one bass had two hooks still attached, a deep diving crank bait, a peacock with a fire tiger rattle trap attached,  a chug bug, and a #9 rapala stick bait.

All that was in one fish? :shocked2:

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It's happened to me on a number of occasions, but the best was catching a fish with my wife's favorite crank hanging from its side.  She'd hooked a nice smallie and after about the fifth or sixth jump, her line went slack. I couldn't guess as to why because I saw that both sets of trebles had found something to bury into.  The front one was completely in its mouth and the rear one had caught on the outside of its mouth.

The line had broken a few inches from the lure and I figured we'd never see it, or the fish again.  Two hours later about a hundred yards from where she'd hooked it, I tied into the same fish on my favorite topwater. When I got it to the boat, there, stuck in its side was her crank. It must have done something to get that front treble out of its mouth only to have it impale itself a second time.  The wife was none to happy to discover that the crank was now mine as finders-keepers applies to found lures too.   :box:

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I caught a ~15" rainbow using a float and fly combo last year that had at least a 6" length of 10lb+ snelled baithook broke off in it's mouth., Keep in mind I was using 6lb mainline and 4lb leader. Not sure what happened for them to lose that sort of gear, but glad I could remove it all and release the fish.

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I was fishing my dads dock when I was a kid and got broke off. I cast back to the same spot after retying the same exact worm and catch the bass with my other hook and worm in the roof of its mouth.

 

@dwh4784 I was at long and caught a rainbow, on a deep diver, that had a 5" senko sticking out of its throat. There was no removing that one though.

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15 hours ago, S. Sass said:

All that was in one fish? :shocked2:

No all separate fish over a 40 year period.

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I catch quite a few with hooks in their guts.

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2 hours ago, Ratherbfishing said:

Piercings are all the rage these days.

That and every wannabe backyard tattoo "artist" making messes as fast as they can. :lol:

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