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I suppose you mean what would we estimate is the biggest fish we've lost? Since I was unable to weigh these fish, I can't really say. And I've lost some before they even broke the surface.

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I suppose you mean what would we estimate is the biggest fish we've lost? Since I was unable to weigh these fish, I can't really say. And I've lost some before they even broke the surface.

Very true!!!!!!! ;D ;D Probably a 15 lber. ;D

Really though ... I had a day this summer (best overall day ever) where I caught a few 4's and a couple in the 5 lbs range.  Then I had "the one" that broke the surface not 10 ft from the boat for the first time and she was significantly bigger than the others I had caught that day.  I can still vividly remember her huge  bulging bug eyes as she threw my jig right back in my face.  An honest guess would be between 7 and 8 lbs, but as always the ones that got away are always bigger. ;)

To make things worse I had the whole outing on video tape (including the big momma throwing my bait right by the boat) before I knocked the camera out of the boat in 30 ft. + of water.

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I would guess 8-10lber.  Lake fork texas on a water dog.  

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The way the fish took my lure in about 3' of water and took me down to the bottom of 15' and I couldn't pull off the bottom my quess it was a monster a conservative guess would be 30lbs+ the thing bit my line off down there. I was fishing for Bass at Black Lake, NY, using 12lb test co-poly, 6' med action rod and a DD Pointer 100 it was the first time that lure had seen water and it was the last time I saw it. Black Lake is known for toothy critters including Gar Pike.

Chow

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I was given a Christmas Tree ornament this year that says "What most increases the size of a fish is almost being caught" :D  Last year, during a tournament, I hooked into one that was probably 5-6 lbs. and had him to the boat.  My partner grabbed the net and just as he started to lift, the fish jumped and landed back in the water.  He made a run and pulled off -- he wasn't a monster, but he certainly hurt the most.

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August 9th 2004 Lake Murray OK, approx 2:30pm Carolina Rigged rootbeer green/black flake baby brush hog. Hung the largest smallie in my short life to date. Got her to the boat...no net of course, and eased her along side (she was wore out from the 2-3 min fight). Belly grabbed her and with no trouble eased her into the boat. At that moment she gave it one last barrage of head slinging and tail flippin'. Threw the hook (which ended up sunk about an inch into my hand), and went head first back into the depths just slow enough to let me watch her laugh as I grimaced at the pain coming from my left palm (thank you owner for the very sharp hooks). Before she escaped I made a mental note of her length as she bounced off the boat...from my front windsheild screw to the cleat on the bow....a little over 25in. How big? Dont want to lie, but thats a big brown fish!!! My wife just started laughin' at me to add insult to (literally) injury. Never have caught another fish from that spot, but I give it a few minutes everytime I make it to Lake Murray. I have lost more than my share of decent fish in tourneys, as well as fun fishin' but none hurt...and literally hurt like that one.

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Not mine, but a friend at where else (?) Lake Fork about 10 years ago.  He had caught a 10.88# a couple of years before and this fish was much bigger.  He launched a jig n pig as we were leaving an area, felt a tap, and crossed her eyes.  Got the fish about half way back to the boat, she rolled, and then spit the jig back at him.  The mouth was huge, but the thing I can still remember today was the size of her eyes.  I swear they were the size of a fifty cent piece.  

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The biggest fish I've ever lost that I got a clear look at... I'd put her right at about 15 lbs. I was swimbaiting on a crisp February morning and she hit HARD, one of those bone-jarring bites. I survived the first 3 jumps but on the 4th jump right out of net range the 1/0 Gamakatsu trebles just couldn't hold up and that bait when wizzing by my head! She sat there wallowing for a few more seconds before she realized she was unhooked, those were the longest seconds of my life! All in all I've lost 5 or 6 fish between 13 and 15 lbs. Lost another girl that I couldn't control on 25 lb line but she may have just been a tempermental double digit, not necessarily a high teen and I never got to see her. Those fish still haunt me but hey, that's how we learn!

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Every fish I loose was a potential world record... jk 8-)

Fishing a local Monday night tournament a few years ago, throwing a storm wiggle wart in prespawn and I catch a 5 lb'er. Very next cast I throw in the same spot and it feels like a concrete block has attatched itself to my crankbait. I get this fish up to the boat and it is probably a 15 - 20 lb.......catfish. I reached down and my line broke (b/c of the clippers that i cut the line with)..       8-) I thought i had a monster, and me and the old lady were going sizzler.

That counts as a lost fish, doesn't it?

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I don't know?? I lost it.  ;)

Ronnie

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I don't know?? I lost it. ;)

Ronnie

                        Hey Ronnie,that's why they call them fish storys lol

                        Tell it any way you want

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Its a tie between 2 of them. The first was with a buddy. I was working a scum frog over some slop and stopped it in ioen water to remove a tangle in my line after about 30 seconds, i twitch it again and the lure is engulfed. I fight the fish for a little bit, and about 10 feet from shore, it jumps. And this fish is 6 lbs. My neighbor was with me, and he can attest to that, seeing he has a 6 lb. bass hanging on his wall. Anyways, it was the first jump, and it threw the lure. The next was on the same body of water. I was fishing a super fluke for the first time ever, and i was loving it. Every couple of casts, i hooked into a bass. I already broke one off on the hookset because it was in scum, and i caught about 10 fish without re-tying. I put a fresh bait on, and casted way out into an opening in the slop. I worked it a little, and sploosh! The fish was on. This is the most memorable battle with a bass i have had. That is because it would pull line out, and jump all the time ( 4 times if i remember correctly). It never tired!! I fought it for about 2 minutes and it ran into the thick weeds and broke me off!! Another 6 lb. fish gone. The weird thing is, story number one happened on a saturday, and number 2 was on a sunday, during the same weekend.

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a year and a half ago at lake Dixon I got broke off by I fish I could not turn. the fish jumped like a dolfin and I got a good look at it. It was at least 20lbs and very well could have been that 25lber.

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I don't know?? I lost it. ;)

You beat me to it Ronnie.  ;D

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Loomis GLX w/ stella $900

Stren 10 lb test       $ 8

Fishing hat             $ 14

Putting a weight on the one that got away...........PRICELESS

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The biggest fish I ever lost is one I never saw, and it put me out of business for the rest of the day.  I was fishing for red snapper with a spinning reel and 20 lb line.  Whatever it was that hit the hook never slowed down.  Despite the fact that I had my drag cinched pretty tight, turning him was out of the question, and he was taking line so fast that I couldn't get to the drag to set it tighter.  Well, that fish ended up swimming around with about 150 yds of mono hanging out of its mouth and I ended up with an empty spool.  I had only the one rod, so I got to watch my friends fish for the rest of the day.

Mike

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Loomis GLX w/ stella $900

Stren 10 lb test       $ 8

Fishing hat             $ 14

Putting a weight on the one that got away...........PRICELESS

Russ, you're being way too humble!

What about that Giant Bluefin Tuna in the half-ton range? cry4.gif

Roger

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Well, this is quite the timely thread--mine was yesterday (Sunday)  ;D and it was a muskie!  There's a lake here in northern Virginia that happens to be one of the few bodies of water in VA that the state game & fish dept. manages for trophy muskies.  Well I wasn't musky hunting, I was bass fishing.  I'd been throwing a 1/2 oz. black/blue jig-n-chunk for about 2 hours without a nibble.  I finally felt a hit (a nice one too) and set the hook into what felt like a whale.  After about 35 seconds of drag (and boat) pulling, and no sign of the fish, I was beginning to really wonder just what was on the end of my line.  At about the minute mark, this thing finally came up, about 5 feet from the boat.  Right then my jig simply slipped out of its mouth.  I have no idea how to estimate the weight of a muskie, but it looked like somewhere around the 40" range or so in length.  By far the biggest fish I've ever had on hook.

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Probably about an 9lber on Kentucky Lake fishing laydowns down a straight bank on a white spinnerbait. I was only using 15 lb test line and when I went to get the net and accidentally pointed my rod at him and pop my line broke.Since then in stuff like I use 17 or 20 pound test line unless I am in superclear water which I am not normally in.

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I've hooked and lost two that sure looked 10+,but who knows for sure.One threw an Original Rapala floater that narrowly missed my ear.Last year I hooked another big 'un on a clear Tiny Torpedo.She broke that one off,but gave me back my lure a few moments later,shaking that big,ole head and loosing the bait.

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mine was definitely at least a 40-50lb largemouth!  It was so big it fin probably weighed at least 5 pounds!

I don't think I've had very many fish in a fight and lost them (knocks on wood) but the ones I have lost were probably a couple pounds at best.

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