I was fishing with a buddy of mine when he caught this catfish weighing about 5lbs. He wanted to keep him which we rarely do. I had the stringer so I put him on the first hook on it. He was getting a little roudy splashing around and getting me wet. I was getting soaked so I decided to put him on the last hook on the stringer. I kept picking on my buddy telling him his fish was scaring my fish away and how I was going to hook the stringer on his boat. Then something strange happened on the way back to the dock. I was paddling along at a pretty good click when I felt a tug that just about stopped my boat dead still. I figured that the stringer had gotten hung on a stump or something. When I pulled up the stringer the fish was gone. The hook on the stringer was still closed. My buddy said where did you loose my fish, I told him I ate it. A week after that I saw an add posted in a conveince store about a man that went around hunting snapping turtles out of peoples ponds. He was saying that there favorite food was fish especially the ones in distress. I told my buddy the turtle ate his fish he said sure it was with a smile. Anybody had any similar things happen to back me up or am I on my own. Thanks a lot!
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It could have been a turtle|
Posted by: Big_D on Aug-06-10 7:59 AM (EST)
Or it could have been a large musky.
the strange part is that the stringer ..|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Aug-06-10 10:58 PM (EST)
Posted by: bananaboat on Aug-11-10 4:50 PM (EST)
Me and my buddy were paddling to the back of this cove earlier this spring and saw something strange. My buddy said he saw something that looked like a log floating on the water but that it was moving. I looked and at first didn't see anything then I saw it too. I paddled up close to it, my buddy wouldn't go anywhere near it. What I discovered was that it was two large snapping turtles mating and when I got close the one with it's head above water hissed loudly at me for disturbing his lovin. He sounded like he was just going to chomp my boat in two. Come to think about it that was the same day he caught the big fish and I had pulled it up several times to check on it. Also I was latter told that a cable ran across from a short boat dock to the other side of the cove which was a distance of about 100' and right past that was when I got pulled. But of the many times that I've past this point it has never showed up on the sonar fishfinder. I don't really know if a cable would even have a big enough mass to show up on the fishfinder. It was a metal chain type stringer and there was absolutely nothing of the fish left on it and it didn't distort the metal loop of the stringer. I guess the world may never know meanwhile my buddy is a little leary of leaving big fish on my stringer. To this day he still pics on me about I guess I deserve it we both just have a good laugh about it then he puts his big fish on his stringer HA!HA!
Ripped it's (fish parts) out?|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-10-10 4:39 PM (EST)
Could it have pulled hard enough that it tore through the gills or wherever you had the stringer hooked?
Posted by: old_user on Aug-27-10 4:25 PM (EST)
saw a show on discovery the other day on a type of fish called "snakeheads", live in the SE U.S. now and spreading quickly. Can live for up to 3 days out of water, but voracious eaters, like piranha. Maybe snakehead?
Frankenfish is over-rated|
Posted by: Big_D on Aug-30-10 4:18 PM (EST)
If you had believed the sensational newscasts about snakeheads when they were first discovered in this area, you'd think they would have formed their own political party and had all humans working as slaves to the betterment of the snakehead society by now. As it is, muskies and smallmouth bass and catfish seem to think their fry are rather tasty. They're just another predator fish among many predator fish. From what I hear, they're pretty good sport and I know several people who target them from time to time.
Posted by: bananaboat on Aug-31-10 12:34 PM (EST)
I have never heard of a snakehead fish. So what is it and how do you target this fish? Dose anybody have a picture of this fish so we can see what it looks like? Dang we might have to call out the national guard or something!!
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Posted by: Hataryoneh on Aug-31-10 1:14 PM (EST)
Posted by: bananaboat on Sep-01-10 11:28 PM (EST)
Man that thing has some teeth on him. I was talking to a friend at work bought one in a pet store and said it was very aggressive and hyperactive. Looks like trouble to me.