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.
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.
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.
The next two photos are of the side of the fish. First when Bill caught it on Oct 6th.
The next one is when I caught it on Oct. 20th.
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.