I was out on a reservoir at sunset tossing some poppers (no action) and then some hopper/droppers upon which we caught a few bluegills. I wanted to get a bass bite going and so started using a tube on a 1/4 oz jig and a quick retrieve which usually works pretty well there so that I could get a location pattern for the bass figured out.
About the time I tossed one out, I had something come up with the trolling motor. So I set the rod down and diddled with the trolling motor and then picked the rod up.
Dang thing was snagged on a rock. I gave it a couple of good pops and nothing. So I gave it tension and then released. Nothing but a small bird's nest on the reel from that (Not to self: Spinning reel strategies do not work on conventional tackle very well). So then I decided to break it off and started putting on steady pressure. It was then that the rock started to swim off. I did a couple quick attempts at a hook set, but the rock spit the lure. I wonder what it was. I've taken some smallish catfish from this reservoir, and also my current best largemouth bass. There are also muskies in it, and I have no idea how a musky would feel. I'm guessing a big bubba bass as it was in a bassy location.
- Big D
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Might have been a turtle....|
Posted by: FishinYak on Jul-20-11 11:41 PM (EST)
I caught a turtle once ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-21-11 9:50 AM (EST)
Fairly confident it was a big bass|
Posted by: Big_D on Jul-21-11 12:12 PM (EST)
They're in the reservoir, and this was a good bassy spot. They also have the habit of holding a tube in the mouth and not fully taking it, especially if there isn't enough slack line. I've had good fights with jumps only to get the fish to boat side and have it open its mouth and drop the tube. It was just holding the bait and was trying to keep me from taking its snack away.
I think it was probably ...|
Posted by: RobW on Jul-21-11 12:57 PM (EST)
I'm voting Muskie.
I've had Muskies take a ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-21-11 6:33 PM (EST)
Posted by: Big_D on Jul-22-11 7:15 AM (EST)
I had a musky follow a Bomber Fat A I was using as a search bait last Friday on the Shenandoah. First time I've seen one in the wild. Its eyes were as far apart as the full length of most of the fish we were catching. Big fish. It didn't take. It just watched. It stayed deep in the deepest water we had been in that day. Only the extreme tap-water like clarity of the water gave me the chance to see it at all, and that was just its head. The rest of it was directly beneath my canoe, using the shade of the canoe as an ambush spot. They are crafty fish.