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I often tell my wife that one of the things I enjoy about fishing is that every trip, I see or experience something I have never seen or experienced before.  Today was one that while not monumental, was something I hadn't ever imagined could happen.

First thing in the morning was overcast and I was getting bit on the surface with a Heddon Torpedo.  After catching 5 bass and a couple very aggressive bluegill, I hooked up with another bass.  After a few moments of fighting, he surfaced and leaped completely out of the water, but in a kind of awkward way.  As I got him to the boat and grabbed his head to avoid the mouth full of treble hooks, I did a double take.  The line coming off the line tie of the lure was cut, about 3" from the nose of the bait.  I followed the line from my rod tip down to the fish & found it wrapped around the belly treble hook, secure enough to allow me to land the fish.  So basically the fish broke me off, but was unable to escape because the line was now attached to the lure at the belly hook.

I have no idea how this happened, if the bass made it happen during the strike and fight or if he struck the lure after it had already entangled itself on its own line.  

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Cool. I gotta admit that is a first if I ever heard one.

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That's wild!

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I once lassoed a crappie .I landed it and the line went all the way around it and the jig then hooked the line and pulled tight .

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I made some homemade jigs this summer for saltwater. Caught a little baby gar with one. I was all excited because it was the first fish I'd ever caught on one of my lures. Except, I hadn't caught him with the lure. He swiped at it and wrapped his nose up in my line. I'm still counting it, even if the hooks weren't involved at all.

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I landed a 6lb largemouth that broke off my buddy earlier in the day. I was fishing a spinner bait slow rolling it on the bottom.  His broken braid got wrapped on the spinner blade clevis. Imagine my surprise when I was landing the fish on the bank of a pond & saw my spinner bait without a fish hooked up on the bait's hook.  

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7 hours ago, scaleface said:

I once lassoed a crappie .I landed it and the line went all the way around it and the jig then hooked the line and pulled tight .

Were you wearing a ten gallon hat when you did it?

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i dont know how odd this is but this morning i caught a crappie on a Storm swim bait

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Wow that's pretty good luck there. 

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Not really a caught fish per se, but went out yesterday and saw a heron stalk and catch about a 20" brown water snake. Ate the poor dude in 3 gulps. Nature is amazing!

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I've seen some funny things, but that's a new one.  My neice once snagged a hook and line that was passing out of a bluegill that he had swallowed and basically fought him in by his anus... I'm sure it wasn't very pleasant.  But, never have I seen that one.  I have, happily, lost a lure to a fish - then caught him to get my lure back.  I thought that was epic, lol.

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hooked a gar this morning. threw in a t-rig worm after he broke the surface near the boat. it sank a little then stopped. i reeled down, felt him and set pin in him. it stripped off drag and my heart beat was now in my throat. when i finally got a look at the fish and saw what it was, i was sick. i had images of hefty spots, perhaps a nice hybrid. i got a gar as long as my leg. the end

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