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Old 11-26-2011, 12:53 AM
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Some of you may remember that a couple of years ago, I caught the same 29 1/2" Walleye twice two weeks apart. After I had caught and released the fish both times, I was writing dates, lengths and whatnot on the backs of photos when I noticed markings in the tail of fish in two of the photos. After looking closely at the photos I realized it was the same fish. The first time I caught it was on October 5th, 2009. The second time I caught it was on October 20th, 2009. Given the size of the waters here, and the huge number of fish, I figured it was a lot like the odds of being hit by lightening. Here is the fish the second time I caught it.
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Notice the spider mark in the tail. It has a glare right in the center of it. This is the comparison of the tail from both times I caught it.
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If you look at all the little markings it becomes clear pretty fast it's the same fish.

Now if that's not weird enough for you, it happened again. Again I was writing stuff on the photos from this Fall, when I noticed some stuff on two seperate photos. First, my friend Bill got a 25" Walleye on October 6th, 2011. It has a couple of splits in one pectoral fin and a very distinct scar on it's left side. The fin was what got me looking. I noticed the same splits on a 25" Walleye I caught on October 20th, 2011. I then looked at the scar and it was conclusive, this was the same fish. Here is a photo of when I caught it on Oct. 20th.
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The next two photos are of the side of the fish. First when Bill caught it on Oct 6th.
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The next one is when I caught it on Oct. 20th.
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I have no idea what the odds of this are, or if there is a lesson to be learned from it, but dang! How weird is this? Not only is it the same fish twice, uh twice, but look at the dates. October 5th and 6th, and the second times both on October 20th. I have had some weird stuff happen fishing, but seriously, this has to take the cake on the weird stuff front.
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That's pretty cool Dan, not nearly as exciting as your double but once I found the broken bottom half of an arrowhead, crossed the dry creek bed, reached down and found the other half matching together perfectly.

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Wow, that's amazing! Did you find out what kind of arrowhead? By the way, one of my hobbies is flint knapping. I reproduce them. Here is one of my favorites I ever made.
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Thats cool Dan! I caught the same trout (which had some unique markings) twice at a local lake. I was describing it to a friend a while later and he said he thought he caught the same fish. He then told me the spot he caught it at which was exactly where I had caught it the two previous times.
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Next Fall I'm going to give them the once over for odd marks and mugshot them. I wonder how many times this happened where I didn't notice it for lack of odd marks? The dates thing was weird to. If Bill had got the second fish on the 5th also I think it may have made my head explode.
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Wow, that's amazing! Did you find out what kind of arrowhead? By the way, one of my hobbies is flint knapping. I reproduce them. Here is one of my favorites I ever made.
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It is a rather crude piece from the archaic period, probably made by a kid just learning. I find a lot of crude stuff around the big camps that were used for hundreds of years.

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Diver Dan starring in "CSI-Baudette"! milt.
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On a local creek I caught a nice bow on a dry, but the nymph below got snagged in his back. I set the net down after cutting the line to grab my forceps to remove the snagged hook; when I turned back the fish had bounced away with my copper john still lodged in his fin

A week later I returned to the same hole, cast the same setup, and hauled in an identical looking fish with a small healing scar in his dorsal fin.
I was very happy to see that the hook had fallen out, and that the pretty bow was healing up and not too worse for wear. Poor dumb fish fell for the same san juan twice though... Pretty sure I've caught another rainbow 3 times at another hole (they just can't say no to a good san juan).

It was 'pocket fishing' so definitely not the same as finding the same fish in a lake. It is really cool getting to know the resident fish though. Some I have seen or hooked several times before actually catching in town. A nice hole where you get shut down often and rarely see smaller fish? probably a grand daddy down there...
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Bizarre coincidence indeed didn't know you spoke french so well Dan
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Thats pretty awesome! Happening once is pretty amazing, twice is down right unbelievable!

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