Tie a length of cord to the reel seat/pole and stake it in the ground ..It's the only way to be sure. ..Once I didn't even know my pole was gone. .. My friend had something big on, and as I scanned the midnight river for whatever he was reeling in, there in the spotlight my pole comes crusing towards shore like a periscope. .. As I realized it was my first musky pole setup my buddy was reeling in, I screamed "Keep reeling-you've got my pole"... I quickly waded into the river night light with the giant flashlight perched in the sand and still on me and the poles... I followed my pals line and discovered his single bare hook barely in the tip guide.. As soon as I grabbed my pole the hook popped out and I then realized that I had something on... Something big, like a sturgeon, or a monster cat... We've been camping on an island in the Wisconsin River for over a week, and you just don't know what you're going to catch, especially at night, you could catch about anything. .So I start to crank this thing in.. And it's pulling hard and taking line and it's starting to worry me...This was the most beefy tackle I ever fished with, and whatever was on the end of my line was making it feel like child's play. ..My arms were getting tired despite of the adrenalin and my confidence in my newly purchased heavy gear...A new AbuGarcia 'Muskie' rod and a new AbuGarcia Ambassador 6500 Syncro reel w/ 20# test braid... Whatever it was , it felt like a giant lead weight with fins...Most of the time all I could do is keep pressure on him while it struggled every second. ..I could never turn him either. ..Finally I started gaining line on him and my confidence shot right up and adrenalin took right over again. ..I don't know which was more intense, 'fear' or 'confidence', just that confidence felt better. ..And here, out of the pitch black sandy river comes this dark green circle, like a WII German tank mine.. It's a TURTLE... A huge, smooth, darkgreen soft-shelled turtle @ 25# ..It got snagged in the left fin/ paw, probably while going upstream. ..What a night.. Unhooked him and let it go.. It crawled deeper into the river and swam off. .
That was lucky, and from then on I vowed to tie my pole down. .
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