11-08-2009, 10:53 AM
Re: Very unusual Flyfishing incident today
Some years ago I was fishing at a private pond for largemouth
There's some nice bass in this lake, and it's strictly C&R. The campground where the pond is located manages it well and the fish reach a respectable size.
I had on a Sneaky Pete and at the time it was just sitting on the water next to the canoe while I was watching some kids fishing from shore
Next thing I knew.... fish on...
The bass came to hand fairly easily and it was proved to be the largest I'd ever seen in person
This bass had seen it's share of hooks before as her mouth was pretty tore up and to top that, inside the bass' mouth was a ragged plastic worm and hook that had pinned her throat closed.
The bass stayed calm while I unhooked my bug and then backed out the worm hook, saving her from a slow death.
She was released and slowly swam off.
To this day I contend that this fish wanted help and hooked herself on purpose.
I'm sure most people would think that that's beyond a fish's thought process, but you're not going to convince me
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart