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Heaviest thing I ever caught...

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...My own head.  Was saltwater fishing this weekend with a snapper popper rig, misjudged the length of my rig, and caught myself.  Tore open my scalp, straightened the hook, and bled for about a half hour.  Luckily I had all sorts of salt water to wash it out with.  Now I have a nice inch long tear in my head that breaks open every couple of hours and dribbles blood onto my collar.  Dr. said no stitches needed though.  *shrug*

Good catch.  Duh.

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Have you read the recent thread"Do you wear eye protection while fishing"it's a good and informative thread you should check it out.

On another note you may need a helmet! ;D J/K

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when i was a little kid my dad always made me wear a hat to protect my head well one day i was throwing a rapala for snappers and i took my hatoff cause it was annoying and i casted straight over my head and got the trebbles 2 of them stuck in my head hadda go to the hospital and have them taken out they had to strap me down cause i freaked out when they tried to take em out. sense then ive had a hook in my left pointer finger and my right thumb both to deep to push threw and had to be hospital removed. lol

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One of my Dad's big peeves is casting length wise to the boat. This is probably because he's taken my cap off with a lure several times and doesn't want me to do it to him.

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;D  

I was bank fishing a pond next to a road.  I caught a 12" bass that slipped out of my hand and put the Rapala's front hook right through my left little finger.  Still attached, the bass flopped and jerked and

flipped around yanking on that hook and I was hurting like mad and laughing my head off.  People on the road up above me were laughing and pointing.  I couldn't find a way to get a hold on the fish.  Finally, with the wounded hand, I got the jaw and removed the hook from the bass, though this required more tugging on the hook in my finger.  Bass back in the water.  Me back on my bicycle.  Me pedaling home with the lure dangling from my finger.  I fish with barbs pressed down, but I still had to cut the hook off and pull it out the other way.  Then off I go to County Health for a nice tetanus shot.

But look at the great funny story I got out of it.

Heard once about a fisherman on a beach pier in Florida got a 4-ounce jig up his nose when he was standing heedlessly behind a wild and stupid cobia angler.  I always wear my glasses with their wonderful safety lenses.  They saved my eye in a chain saw massacre, but that's another yarn....

Poor Richard says, They don't bite like they used to and they never did.        ;)

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About 5 years ago I foul hooked my girlfriend while chasing schooling speckled trout in the marsh.  She was mad.  I'm not sure if she outweighed my marlin or not.  The Marlin was 102lbs.  I'm guessing she was 105.   ;D

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My personal best all species catch weighed more than my scale would measure. I used a Super Spook on 65# braid hooking about a 150# teenage operator of a jet ski that had been harrassing me wherever I moved to, passing at high speed as close as 10 feet from my boat through long narrow coves. No blood was involved. It caught his PFD. I had cast across ahead of him just as he started another pass, and he rode down the line to the Spook. It's a good thing he stopped or I'd had the Spook & line losing hooking experience of a lifetime, and finding out how good the reel drag was. The little guy was ready to fight until I pulled my badge and told him it was only a warning shot over the bow. I asked him how long he'd be vacationing here. "A week". I answered "No, no, you have that wrong. No later than tomorrow if I see you harrass me or anyone else out here or do anything illegal again. You're flagged for cast interference and illegal passing. I have your hull number, so now try to behave like a man if you have any idea what that means." He let me pull the hooks out and I never saw him again.

Fish-wise my largest so far are an 81# blue cat on chicken liver, a 60# flathead cat on a bream, and a paddlefish off the Arkansas River maybe 50# taken by snagging below Lock & Dam #3. I had it in the boat with several large cats snagged there, but when I pulled into the ramp several locals cautioned me they were off limits there since I snagged it, so I released it without weighing. It turned out they were wrong. They can only be caught by snagging.

Jim

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my largest catch was also myself about 10+ years ago.

We were at a church picnic so me and my dad were fishing.  I was about 7 years old and I was using a Zebco rod/reel combo.  I wasn't getting any bites with my bobber set about 8" deep, and when my dad informed me that it was too shallow,..... to be a smarty pants I set it about 5' deep, which was probably about how tall I was.

I cast it, and it looked fine but i felt the hook graze my leg, so I looked down expecting to see a nice cut, but instead I found the whole hook!  The hook had snapped at the eye and the bard went about 1/2" into my leg and back up out.  After a quick ER visit, the hook was gone and I had a funny story to tell the guys at school on Monday.

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Post #1. :D

Like a lot of you, I've hooked myself countless times, in the hands and a couple of times my hat.  The heaviest fish I've caught was a 15 pound channel cat.  Heaviest bass, a little shy of 5 pounds.

The most fun fight I've ever had from a fish was a small (dinner-plate sized) stingray back in '98.

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About 3 years ago I hung up a lucky craft crankbait while fishing a made made canal.   I really wanted the lure back but didnt have a retriever.  The water was shallow only about 6ft. max. but very tannic stained.  On shore I cut as straight a slim branch as I could find.  I ran it down the line and fumbled around and the lure let go wrapped around the stick.  Attached to both sets of trebles was a 3ft. piece of trim moulding.   I called by Sgt. who said the dept. helo was flying and that they'ed get it to make a pass.  They did and could see the outline of a car.  The dive team and a wrecker came and pulled out a 93 Olds somebody drove off the side of the canal.

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Hooking other than fish: On any given trip I have from 1-3 clients on board, and much of that time can be throwing treble hooked lures.

Rule one: If you hook the guide you walk from wherever we are.

Rule two: the lure is to be within 5 inches of the tip of the rod for any cast. Of course for accuracy your lure needs to be there, but also it needs to be there for the safety of your fishing buddies.

Rule three: at no time is anyone to fishing in the cockpit area of the boat. The is definitely the most dangerous area of the boat.

Over the last ten years only one client has been hooked by other than himself. You guessed it, the party hooked had stepped down into the cockpit area without announcing his movement, and he was hooked by his brother who had the lure dangling 2-3 feet from the tip of his rod for the cast. The lure was a chug bug and it securely embedded itself into the hapless lip of the hookee. Needless to say, this was cause for a trip to the hospital. Upon return to the lake, the hooker did in fact hook into a 10+ pound bass which added insult to injury for the hookee.

Be careful out there! Hooks are dangerous!

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Ouch, sorry to hear that. The heaviest thing I have ever caught, or snagged, was a wheel base to some sort of cart. The thing probably weighed 30lbs, and I only had on 6lb test. I pulled it out, and threw it away. I also caught a hugh piece of a log once, that weighed around 100 lbs. I don't like to loose lures, so I pull like crazy untill I am positive that I am out of luck.

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20 ton tree ;)

Oh yeah, almost forgot about another.

Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents in central WV.  They lived on a hill about 25 yards off the road in an old coal camp.  I would often stand on the porch and cast an old hookless plug over a telephone line and retrieve it.  The things we do as children, eh?

So one day I have no plug, so I'm throwing a 3/4 oz. bell sinker.  I think the rig was an old Zebco spincast reel & rod.

So I get brave and start throwing the sinker into the road.  Note that the road is about 30' below me.  See where this is going?   ;D

I'm not really paying attention to the traffic and sling the sinker out.  At that exact moment, a fully loaded tandem coal truck went by.  Yep, I snagged a 60 ton coal truck.

Spooled the reel and almost broke off the spool.  :o

I didn't do that anymore.  ;D

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Biggest thing I ever caught, was a sturgeon in the Columbia river.   Using  a 14 ft. pole, 40 lb. test line, 16 oz. sinkers with cement nails driven into it to snag the rocks on the bottom.  Fishing from High Bank, just down river from the Bonneville Dam.

I fought that fish for 1 1/2 hrs. from the bank.  It cleared the water 4 times.  I burned a groove into my thumb, thumbing the reel.   When it finally gave up and I was able to reel it in.  My buddy and I taped it out at 7ft. 7".   The fish and game enforcement officer  I talked to later, said that fish weighed between 500 & 600 lbs.   I was so sore the next day, I had a hard time lifting my arms to put a T shirt on.  But oh man was it worth it..  :) :) :) :)  

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Rule two: the lure is to be within 5 inches of the tip of the rod for any cast. Of course for accuracy your lure needs to be there, but also it needs to be there for the safety of your fishing buddies.  

Rule three: at no time is anyone to fishing in the cockpit area of the boat. The is definitely the most dangerous area of the boat.  

Great rules george. I think I will implement them on my boat also especially the Cockpit area. That is usually where I end up changing out my lures etc. So I am lucky that I have never been hooked by my partner nor have I ever hooked anyone else either. But good info to be aware of.

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i was fishing a big crankbait for suspended bass but i forgot i my pole so i used an extra ultralight pole of my dads and hooked into a bluegill that felt huge on that pole when i got it to the boat my dad was taking it off and i smacked a bug off my leg and got the treble hook lodged into his hand

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Biggest thing I ever caught, was a sturgeon in the Columbia river. Using a 14 ft. pole, 40 lb. test line, 16 oz. sinkers with cement nails driven into it to snag the rocks on the bottom. Fishing from High Bank, just down river from the Bonneville Dam.

I fought that fish for 1 1/2 hrs. from the bank. It cleared the water 4 times. I burned a groove into my thumb, thumbing the reel. When it finally gave up and I was able to reel it in. My buddy and I taped it out at 7ft. 7". The fish and game enforcement officer I talked to later, said that fish weighed between 500 & 600 lbs. I was so sore the next day, I had a hard time lifting my arms to put a T shirt on. But oh man was it worth it.. :) :) :) :)

i just read that the sturgeon record is 468 pounds. :-?

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Never hooked myself. (KNOCKING ON WOOD RIGHT NOW)

The heaviest thing I've hooked is a small tree, and brought it in on 12lb yo-zuri hyrbid.

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Not sure of his name, but there is a member on here that has a pic of a treble buried in his finger....makes me cringe just thinking about it.

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Not sure of his name, but there is a member on here that has a pic of a treble buried in his finger....makes me cringe just thinking about it.

yeah, when i saw that picture i nearly fainted.

The biggest thing ive cought was a tree.

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George and other guides.

Do You have a rule about the style of casting?

For example.  If three guys are in the boat do they all have to make overhand casts?

If not how do you keep them from hooking each other?

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I was watching this fishing show yesterday and this guy got hucked by his partner in the heard and it went all the way in....then the other guy got a peice of thick line put it under the hook and pull a certin way and it came out...it was pretty gross :o.........I personally have never gottin hucked :)

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