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Old 07-26-2012, 02:22 PM
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So every year I come up to the adirondaks to go trout fishing for a year. Normally I catch a few 20 inchers with the biggest being a hoss of a 23 inch rainbow. So this year I was out on a seculded lake in my kayak. I was throwing some small trico's with a 6 weight fly rod. I was in about 18 feet of water when the water exploded. I got a glimpse of the fish at the surface and it looked like a log. The next thing I knew I was 10 minutes into the fight and had lost over 50 yards of line. I literally was getting pulled around the lake by this fish. Then i made my fatal mistake (what i think). I jumped off the kayak when i was close to shore to fight it on land. It immediately swam right at me and i couldn't make up the line. I reeled in the rest of my line and just sat down on a log for about 10 minutes speechless. It was only 9am and I was terribly upset. I packed up my stuff and made a somber paddle back to the truck, The entire time thinking what had i hooked into? Was it a huge trout? there are small mouth in the lake but nothing that would do that to a 6 weight rod. There arent pike or muskie either. The 2 hour car ride home was worse. Had I just lost a possible record size fish?
Anyways thanks for reading, I will be back after him next year.
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:16 PM
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Any chance there are carp in the water?
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None, I was talking to a local who has been fishing that pond for 60 years (he grew up on it) and he told me he doesn't doubt it. He said there are rainbows and browns in there that are pushing 20 lbs easy
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You lost the new world record trout, I caught him the other day and let him go. Not really, it happens. Don't beat yourself up over it. As long as you learned something from that, go after him again another time.
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Just think the biggest trout of your life is still out there.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:37 AM
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It can and does happen to anyone who fishes a lot. I rarely ever keep a trout I catch and I release them as quickly as I can. The only large trout I kept was a 25 inch Rainbow I caught in a lake in Colorado while belly boating and I knew they allowed bait fishing on the lake so I kept it and had it mounted. Two weeks later I was fishing Spinney Reservoir in Colorado in my belly boat and I caught a 25 inch cutbow and I was going to keep it and have it mounted and while I was removing the hook he jumped of my mesh line keeper on my belley boat and got away. At first I was upset but then I thought the fish won that day fair and square and maybe I'd catch him or another like him another day when I fish Spinney again.
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That is so cool that you caught an amazing fish like that. It is one you will remember forever. That is the great part about fishing ... the ones you catch and release or the ones that release themselves are all great memorable fish! I as well as many others have had personal best fish break us off. For me I enjoyed the thrill of hooking up with a great fish, and I hope to hook up with another one soon. Maybe I'll even get one in so I can get a picture of it.... Fun anyway!!!!
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Don't sweat it, it's part of fishing. I once hooked into a huge Striper(had to be in the 40lb+ range) only to have it break 65lb braid in about 30 seconds and straighten out two 2/0 trebble hooks(my bait popped up about 50yds away from where I hooked up after the fish broke me off). All I saw of the fish was a volley ball sized mouth when it ate my 8" top water plug(using gear). These things happen and it's what keeps up going back for more. You should just take it as a lesson learned and be happy you had the skill to even hook such a fish.

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Unfortunately we all have a similar Story to tell about The One we lost, however as mentioned The Biggest Fish is Still out there waiting to be caught.
Also we all have wonderered what went wrong & what we should have done Differently,so all I can say is Bad Luck & hopefully down The Track you can Land That Beauty.
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