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So,

 

While out on the kayak yesterday fishing the Shenandoah river, I had a very interesting encounter with a large small mouth. I recently bought a small size whopper plopper and wanted to give it a fair shot so I went to the river in the area of Molten Park and figured I would lead off with the new top water bait since it was cloudy. I was working around small islands and eddies since the river is up and murky. I lost a few fish here and there but nothing big. So I cast above this island next to the overgrown bank and hooked what felt like to be a psycho bass. This thing went three shades of nuts. The second time it jumped it hit the water and ran straight upstream breaking me off. I was so mad I lost the new lure let alone a massive bass. So I figured I would paddle over to that area and look around since it was fairly shallow. As I was floating up on that spot, the fish jumps out of the water shaking my lure. It almost hit the front of the kayak and dog. It definitely had the lure in its mouth. So not even 30 seconds later it came out of the water again and threw the lure upstream about 5 feet. I ended up retrieving it and tying it back on. I have never ever experienced something like this. I wish I would have had it on camera. 

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I had a smallie cut off a 110 Plopper on a zebra mussel covered rock a few weeks ago in really shallow, clear water. I watched the fish for 5 minutes cruising around trying to shake my Plopper while my clients were catching fish. I lost site of him when the action really got hot and heavy and I was too busy unhooking fish and taking pictures to keep an eye on him. 

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I had a strange encounter with a smallmouth not too long ago but yours takes the cake, and you even got your lure back. If only there were a  device that could record our memories in ultra HD when a camera isn't available!

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Glad you got your lure back! This is gonna sound crazy, but it happened. To set the scene, occasionally the local fish hatcheries stock what we call "breeder" fish. These fish have been used by the hatchery for years in the production process, and at some point the decision is made to let them go out the door, onto the stocking truck, and into your local stream. Dad and I used to fish quite a bit for trout. Early in the year we used spinners and floater/diver minnow imitations, and later on we would switch over to flies. This particular day Dad was using a #2 Mepps, and he hooked into what turned out to be a very large trout. After 30 seconds or so, the fish broke his 4 pound line. Undaunted, Dad tied on another spinner and kept fishing. After a few casts he felt what he described as "dead weight" on his line. He started pulling, and the "weight" started pulling back! This time, being as careful as he could, he managed to tire the fish out and land him. When he looked at the fish he was shocked to see his original #2 Mepps in the rainbow's mouth! Somehow, miraculously, his lure got entangled in the couple feet of old line hanging out of the fish's mouth. Then it somehow held tightly enough over the course of the next couple minutes it took to land the fish! Nobody had a camera at the time, but that fish was 24 inches long! A crazy huge fish for such a small creek, and the story of how it was caught was even crazier! If it would have been anybody else telling the story I wouldn't have believed him!

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On 8/12/2017 at 0:29 PM, islandbass said:

If only there were a  device that could record our memories in ultra HD when a camera isn't available!

 

No, no, no.... we don't want that.

 

Black Mirror, Season 1, Episode 3.  ;)

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That happened to me a few years back with a jitterbug, only I was fishing for largemouth.  The line broke, and the bass jumped right after the line broke, but it was about 20 feet away.  We were moving in that direction and my partner said "look what I found" and he picked up my jitterbug out of the water.

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It's happened a few time to me.  More often it's a northern pike that bit me off, and shakes the bait free.

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A couple years ago I was fishing a jig, and I broke off on a hookset. As I sat there for a minute wondering why that happened, a bass jumps 5 feet from the boat and tosses my jig right at me. If I was ready for it I could have caught that jig. Instead it hit the side of the boat with an audible "thump". All I could do was smile. 

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I've told this already, but I had a 5 pounder break me off a foot from shore when my braid rubbed off on a rock 4 inches above the lure. Losing a $12 LiveTarget popper was no fun so I tied on a spook and cast back out. What do you know, after two missed blowups and good fight I land the exact same fish with my first lure hooked on the underside of the mouth. Apparently that bass was aggressively feeding in that corner of that pond.

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Ha ha ha ha ha, that is great. I have caught a few fish with lures in their mouths. Just never one with my lure in its mouth. My wife hooked a swim bait thru the eyelet the other day. I do not know how stuff like that happens. It makes me shake my head sometimes. It does amaze me how well they can throw a lure when they want though. 

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