How about posting one of your favorite fishing pic's once a week.
I got lot's of em....... here you go, 43" pike caught on channel lake while
This one has a special place in my memory. It is by no means the biggest musky I have ever caught, but the circumstances around it were pretty cool.
My son was 11 years old at the time and a chunk of our summer was spent in tournament baseball. We had just concluded a series of baseball games one evening and it just happened to also be a great moon phase window. Knowing that there was no way I would be able to get to one of my favorite musky waters, I told my son we were going to head home, ditch the baseball gear, grab 2 rods and a couple of musky baits and head to a spot we could cast from shore for 30 minutes. I grabbed a needle nose pliers, but did not take my musky net.
It was getting dark fast. About 10 casts into our little adventure a large fish inhaled my lure. I knew it was a decent one on the hookset. I could have kicked myself for not bringing the net as I had to hand land the fish from a fairly precarious spot on the shoreline. I got it unhooked, took a brief measurement (45"), snapped some photos and released it. It was a fatty.
While holding it up I could feel something running along its stomach. When we reviewed the digital photos I could clearly see a floy-tag and a radio telemetry antennae coming from its belly. I forwarded the pic to someone in the know and they confirmed it was a musky in their particular radio telemetry study. The personnel involved had netted the fish a couple of weeks before I happened to catch it. They told me its weight then was 27 lbs.
Back in the day is right!!!
(awesome pics GTNet & Vegas)
This one is still my favorite, and the only made into a 8×10! (see my knee helping support the fish)
Broke thru the net this guy who helped, it landing on my feet as I jumped on it... After apologizing, I said, if you take a picture of me with it, I'll let him go... I did... I did !! They all said it was a trophy... Replied I know...
Later that day I had a female over 2 - 3X times as heavy, pos. state record, stopped between my feet of those waders ! She was so pretty... Water was just at my knees... She was big like those bull mahi mahi with a huge head... Pearl white with shiny black flecks, light pale pink and a pale green stripe, I could see her eye and her whole left side !!! Boy was she grotesquely deep from her back to her belly... Nervous as a cat, I calmly tried every type of lure in my pocket case using barely twitches to pitch out to try and entice a strike... NADA !
This wide eyed guy across the stream was mimicking words and pointing down at my feet and I mimicked back I KNOW!!!
Ended up walking away! UGH!!
The thickness of the swirl as she spooked off as I left... Oh!
Still shake my head once, then twice over it ! Pouting my lower lip/closing my eyes reliving it...
Hast thou seen the White Whale ?
Nice picture vegas.... good catch! Here are a few from a day on silver lake, kenosha w/my kids. would love to have some of those days back, Jack oldest, works with me, second oldest is 1/2 way thru 4 year stint in marines, & daughter is starting college this fall. enjoy your kids & spend time with them, it goes by in a flash......