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Old 08-04-2008, 01:01 PM
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WE observers are developing a reputation for not believing anything.
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Tell me about it. I read a little on the largemouth bass world record...found doubters there. That was from 1930's. 70+ years people still argue about it. Sorry to go off topic again but a note to others... DON'T READ WORLD RECORD FISH STORIES it will make you dizzy about something you didn't care about yesterday.
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I want to put up some bluefish in my foodsaver for the winter. They like cops and women -- not taht I ever looked for a cop mind you.
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I think I had one throw my plug about two weeks ago. I was fishing at dusk with a gold bomber. Something blew up on it and started jumping like a rainbow trout. Whatever it was, it weighed probably 4-5lbs. Looked like a blue when it did it's acrobatics anyway, and effectively won the fight.
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:34 AM
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Similarly I had a "break off" that should never have happened. It got my fly and leader was clean, no rough tooth marks. But it still could have been snipped. There was not enough tension to break off. I don't know if I broke off with a bad knot or it was cut by a blue.
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This wasn't a break off, he shook it so I got my plug back. I've never seen a striper jump like this fish did but I am far from a fish expert so it could have been anything. When the sun is going down it's hard to see a flailing fish at 75 yards (for me).
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Last spring I was bait fishing with a new reel, freshly spooled with 50 lb Power Pro. Line went slack suddenly. Reeled it in and nothing but empty line, no rig. Grabbed another rod and kept fishing. On the way home stopped at the B&T that spooled it up and had them look at it. On close inspection, no fraying, no poorly tied knot, looked like it was cut with a razor Only thing we could come up with was a blue fish swimming by with an open mouth
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This wasn't a break off, he shook it so I got my plug back. I've never seen a striper jump like this fish did but I am far from a fish expert so it could have been anything. When the sun is going down it's hard to see a flailing fish at 75 yards (for me).
I've had stripers jump, but only smaller ones, say under 10 lbs. Blues love to jump, especially if there is a blitz type situation. I had a similar thing happen to me. Sunset, blues and stripers around, fishing a Bomber. Blue grabbed it, jumped and spit the plug. As soon as it hit the water, was grabbed again (I thought ) This felt like a big fish! Took awhile to get it in, and to my surprise it was a striper maybe 30 inches or so. Foul hooked in the back by the dorsal fin I asked Frank about the fight it gave, and he said being hooked in the back allowed it to get some steam up and run. I was a little dissapointed to say the least...
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Old 08-10-2008, 11:26 AM
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Or a scuba diver
I haven't had mystery break offs like that. The first time I caught a bluefish, which is actually the only bluefish I've ever caught, I didn't know what it was. I had to look it up online when I got home. The teeth had me thinking blue but I wanted to be sure. I get more nervous with BIG chain pickerel, over 6lbs. Chain pickerel in fresh water have very big sharp nasty teeth. I usually catch them by accident early in the season fishing for largemouth bass. I don't bring gloves with me freshwater fishing, just pistol grip hook removers When it's one hook on a rubber worm that one thing, but with double trebles on a rapala skitter walk, watch your dog gamn fingers, let me tell ya. I've had times where the pickerel had the lure so far in it's mouth that I pulled it out the gills and cut the line. It's usually easier!
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:33 PM
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Having your line cut way back is common. What can happen is that a little piece of weed gets on the line and dances while you arel fighting a fish and the blue passes the dancing weed and yums it.
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Happens a lot in fire.....the line will leave a phosphorescent wake and blues will snip at it.

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Gives me an idea.
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