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Your biggest "accidental" catch!

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Hey guys!

Today while I was bass fishing I snagged a 49 inch grass carp! This got me thinking about what other people have "accidently" caught. So what's the biggest fish you've accidently caught?

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Bet that was fun ~ Congrats

'By-Catch' is a way of life where I fish.

While fishing for smallmouth, I've gotten into a number of great fish including Big Pike, Musky, Walleye, and Big Trout. Perhaps not my biggest but a couple of falls ago I got a Sturgeon . . . . 

That was a surprise.

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

 

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Caught this while fishing for cod and haddock. Fought it for over 3 hours. Everything in my body hurt after the adrenaline wore off.

 

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No pics on phone of it but a 39" northern on 4# test and an ultralight walleye fishing. Spooled me multiple times. Had to chase it with boat

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One of these two.

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10 hours ago, A-Jay said:

Bet that was fun ~ Congrats

'By-Catch' is a way of life where I fish.

While fishing for smallmouth, I've gotten into a number of great fish including Big Pike, Musky, Walleye, and Big Trout. Perhaps not my biggest but a couple of falls ago I got a Sturgeon . . . . 

That was a surprise.

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

 

That's awesome! Sturgeon is one of my bucketlift fish. 

 

10 hours ago, redmexican5081 said:

Caught this while fishing for cod and haddock. Fought it for over 3 hours. Everything in my body hurt after the adrenaline wore off.

 

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What a fish!

 

8 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

One of these two.

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That flathead looks like he could swallow that dog in the background whole! 😂😂😂

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31 minutes ago, Joshua van Wyk said:

That flathead looks like he could swallow that dog in the background whole! 😂😂😂

They actually both weighed about 70 pounds at the time. She's not a fan of big fish like that coming in the boat though.

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14 pounder where they don't even stock striper. Was first known

catch of one at the reservoir. Buddy has since caught another, 

shorter one.

 

Took me for a nice ride over 75 yards before I could even see what

was on my line.

 

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No idea how much this drum weighed. Caught on Pickwick Lake, AL

 

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4 hours ago, Joshua van Wyk said:

 

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Thats a monster common carp . What is the state record you caught that ogre in ? The Missouri record is 50 lbs .

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10 hours ago, scaleface said:

Thats a monster common carp . What is the state record you caught that ogre in ? The Missouri record is 50 lbs .

It's a grass carp actually, caught from a tiny pond in Kansas on an S waver. Watched it shoot off the bottom and T-bone the thing, looked like a huge pike the way it attacked the bait. If my buddy hadn't been standing next to me watching it happen I would have thought I was losing my mind. 

 

State record is 77 3/4 pounds for grass carp in Kansas. 

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I caught a 22 pound channel cat when I was 19 while bream fishing with bread. I was using 8 pound test with a lightweight spinning reel , and the rod had a broken tip. Took 20 -25 minutes to land. large.20190318_072523-966x1288.jpg.3586cbfb4b5626790ee450bd964b6313.jpg

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13 minutes ago, WVU-SCPA said:

These 2 last May about a hour apart,  both on a Canadian Craw TRD, 1/16th ned head, and 7lb floro.IMG_4618.thumb.JPG.6171ae65cca0db0f610be5b9dd7a39d0.JPGIMG_4620.thumb.JPG.b4bcd2acadd1bfa25aedc034d5a555dc.JPG

Beauties! How long did it take to get them in?

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12 minutes ago, Joshua van Wyk said:

Beauties! How long did it take to get them in?

Not hatefully long, a properly sized net goes a long way.

 

Saw over a dozen cruising that day and had an 8" swimbait rigged up that they wouldn't commit to.  Didn't see either of those fish, but clearly they were on the TRD pattern. 

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39 minutes ago, WVU-SCPA said:

1/16th ned head, and 7lb floro

And we still keep spooling the 65lb braid!  LOL!

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A couple years ago I caught a +8 foot tiger shark while fishing for bull sharks. It was a nice surprise and one of my favorite catches from land. I have caught other unexpected catches such as bigmouth sleepers, a baby Goliath grouper on a jerkbait, and other fish.

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While it's not that unusual to catch a black drum while fly fishing for redfish, it is unusual to catch one that weighed 52 pounds on the guide's scale.  The LA state fly record is 54.55.  Biggest fish of any species that i've ever caught.

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That's a monster!

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Some would say ALL my catches are accidental but I beg to differ.  Only MOST of them are.

 

Actually, ALL of my 4 musky have been accidental in the sense that all were caught while fishing for bass.  But the one that stands out is the musky I caught while fishing for smallmouth in the modest river which, out west, wouldn't be termed anything more than a small stream.   I was wading and casting for smallmouth and had tossed a Rebel crawdad in among a fallen trees branches.  After a couple of turns of the reel handle, the musky grabbed my bait and PULLED like a diesel-electric.  Armed with only a medium action spinning rod and 6 lb mono and having to contend with the current, I thought I'd somehow latched onto a new state-record smallmouth.  I was both elated and disappointed when the muskie emerged from the depths.  At 30 inches, it wasn't a giant but for me it was one heck of a catch.

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