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Old 10-25-2020, 08:49 AM
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This dogfish got itself enmeshed by its delicate bits in the chum bag attached to the anchor in 280 ft depth before being hauled up by said parts at 15 to 20 knots while the anchor was recovered by the buoy and ring method.

I doubt he has had ride like that since. :-)


Be careful where you put it....
Old 10-25-2020, 09:54 AM
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Was running a charter and my client had a fish on while we were drifting live mackerel with circle hooks through the mouth of the river. Anyways, as he was reeling up, all I could see was a hook and nothing else but it was pulling like a fish... As we got closer, I noticed the circle hook went through an eye of a small spro swivel which had about 5 ft to a leader which was attached to a striper! Not tangled in any way,t straight throughothrough the eyeoeye t mind you we were drifting around 3 knots and tons of boat traffic

Crazy odds
Old 10-25-2020, 11:00 AM
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I’ve foul-hooked a pinfish through the butthole. Twice.
Old 10-25-2020, 11:09 AM
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Backing down on white marlin, wave comes over transom with the fish
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Had 2 assholes on our charter during an overnighter in the Hudson free gaff a 150 class Mako. That was interesting as it tore through the cockpit until I was able to get the door open.
Old 10-25-2020, 12:09 PM
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While drifting outside inlet with not much action going on, noticed what i thought was a gaff floating in the water. Never one to miss out on something free floating in the water we go over to get it. My girl grabs it with the net but it's not a gaff,it's a surf rod. We pull it in the boat and see it has line out. As I'm reeling it in i find myself fighting a pretty big fish. To our delight it's a 34 inch striper, but the craziest part was it was not on the hook of the surf rod but the crimp on the hook it was on snagged the surf rig and got stuck.
just our lucky day i guess
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Friend of mine no longer with us, caught a 30lb striped bass on the paper clip, we were snag and dropping live baits, he gets a run off, sets up on the fish and after the fight, I lipped the fish and pulled it over the rail, no snag rig, no bait, no leader, just the clip loosely stuck into the lip of this bass. Just one of those things
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I gaffed a free swimming 30 lb cobia a few months back, it was not happy
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Pink float on the surface that was moving. I thought, oh, free goggle eye. Ended up being a free 10lb king for the smoker that had broken off someone’s kite rig.
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I once caught a redfish by hooking it off a high platform on a doa shrimp and regular old rod with super junky line and then sticking it with a makeshift harpoon. A coworker had fashioned one out of a broom handle and a broken off front half of a spear gun spear. I tied some line to a hole drilled in the handle. Thing probably weighed close to 20 pounds.

My cousin once hooked and immediately broke off a nice king salmon that then jumped into a pile of sticks on the other side of the creek. We jumped on it and wrestled it into submission. Punches were thrown. I'm not proud.
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I've caught yellowfin that weren't hooked. The line went across the mouth, around the back of the pelvic fins, and then the circle hook was looped back over the main line in front of its mouth. Basically lassoed.
Old 10-25-2020, 04:59 PM
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Trolling bluefish, a osprey takes a hooked bluefish. He is maybe 100 ft up or less. We tug of war a bit and finally I get the fish. My fiance watched it all and never recorded any of it. It was unusual though.
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I was trolling on my boat and had to pee. I gave the wheel.over to my buddy and went to the back of the boat. One foot inside the boat and one over the transom door on the dive platform. While I am peeing a kingfish skyrockets the short flat line, sails over my shoulder and lands in the cockpit behind me. I finished up and shoved him in the fish box. Didn't even have to unhook him as he had spit the hook by the time I got to him.
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back when i was maybe 12, at the lake with some friends. They were talking about how they were there the day before and one of them lost a fish on live bait. It broke the line and they never saw the bobber again.

sure enough I'm walking and casting around the lake when a bobber pops up maybe 10 feet in front of me. I'm able to snag the line and reel their 2 pound bass.

Almost had a similar thing happen a few months ago fishing a small creek with shrimp for trout and snook under a popping cork. Fishing down current around 30-40 feet a fish grabs the bait and gets around a tree limb before i could pull it out. Lost the cork into the mangroves. 5 minutes later, right next to the boat and maybe 2 feet from the mangroves, there's my cork. I reach over and grab the cork hoping something pulls back.... sadly nothing was there but that cork was pulled up current, through the mangroves and somehow the fish threw the hook right next to me. I had a good laugh about that and retired my now lucky cork.
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450lb blue marlin with hook just looped over it's bill. Raised dead from 700ft. 320lb striped marlin with the hook around its anal fin, leader up one side, through the mouth, around opposite pec fin and then back to the rod.
Friend was trying to complete a local billfish slam on one of out longrange trips. Needed a Shortbill Spearfish. Not very common here. Hook one but it is someone elses turn in rhe chair. Land a good size one. Get photos then take off the fillets. Throw the carcass over. Few seconds later the bait tuna rod goes off and the guy after the slam is nearest. Reels it in to find he has caught his spearfish except it has no fillets. Super sharp hook on tuna rig had gone through the tip of the bony bill. Wouldn't have thought it possible. Still hasn't caught one with fillets attached.

Have twice pulled up lost lines by my hook going through the lost swivel, but no fish attached yet.
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Toggin on the Miss LBI years ago and hooked one in the butt, Capt Ken looked down from the bridge and said "Hey you greeked him".
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Pulled up our anchor..wrapped up in it was a practically brand new rod and reel...buddy undid the mess..handed me the rod..I started reeling in the line...it tugged back...ended up catching a 15# catfish! We were 50ft away from a popular shore fishing spot...we figure someone lost the rod overnight when the fish hit...
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Originally Posted by MaddMac View Post
Pulled up our anchor..wrapped up in it was a practically brand new rod and reel...buddy undid the mess..handed me the rod..I started reeling in the line...it tugged back...ended up catching a 15# catfish! We were 50ft away from a popular shore fishing spot...we figure someone lost the rod overnight when the fish hit...
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Had a ghost crab pot on the anchor retreive last trip out. Rope was frayed about water depth. I guessed it tangled a prop and broke or was cut. It he ad been there a good long while.
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Originally Posted by boboe View Post
I've caught yellowfin that weren't hooked. The line went across the mouth, around the back of the pelvic fins, and then the circle hook was looped back over the main line in front of its mouth. Basically lassoed.
I got a swordfish this way fishing a live blue runner. He got wrapped up but never hooked.
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I was chunking for tuna in the canyons about 10 years ago. Fought a nice yellowfin to the boat and a friend missed the head with the gaff and sliced the leader - lost the fish. A second later, the rod the gaff man was previously working started screaming. He reeled that fish in and I gaffed the tuna. Turns out it was the tuna that we lost, with the circle hook still in its mouth, and it had got the gaff man's mono main line wrapped in its gill plate. He didn't hit the second line bait, he simply got wrapped in the main line after being disoriented from the previous fight. Fought the fish the entire time while it was just wrapped in the line, not hooked. How it stayed wrapped, I have no idea!

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