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Old 06-16-2012, 09:14 AM
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I thought I'd share it anyway.

Yesterday was one of those days when work had me really worn down. I'm a plumber, but was an electrician many years ago (around here both trades used to be frequently combined) and still do a few small jobs for some of my best residential customers. (legal under Ohio's & local regulations)

Well, yesterday I had a good customer ask me if I could hang a ceiling light for them while I was there. It turned into a 2-3 hour endurance test (of my legs & back) on a step ladder. Had to reinforce the ceiling box mounting to hold the light fixture (turned out to be a chandelier ), then they wanted the light I replaced hung in another room.

By yesterday evening I just didn't feel like casting a fly rod, so I substituted a baitcast outfit and a folding lawn chair for my evening outing.
Trying to catch a large channel cat for a recipe I recently read (stuffed - baked catfish) that just sounded good to me.

Didn't get the catfish I wanted (caught & released a few smaller - under 3# - ones) but I did manage to hook a big snapping turtle!
It was so big I couldn't lift it with the rod I was using (8'6" Shakespeare Ugly Stik salmon/steelhead rod) and it was in a bad mood once I drug it into the shallow water along the bank. I'm guessing 20-25 pounds!
Unfortunately, turtle season is close here at the moment.
Fortunately, I was able to release it unharmed (but still in a very unfriendly mood).
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:24 AM
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Sounds like a good ending to a long day on the job wabi! That's one of my favorite parts of fly fishing and fly tying. They are both very relaxing and provide a very enjoyable escape from the daily grind.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:49 AM
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I'm assuming that you meant that you were unharmed.
From my dealings with snapping turtles, that's quite an accomplishment

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Old 06-17-2012, 11:18 AM
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Snapping turtles never seem to be to happy when hooked! And getting the hook out is always a joy. Glad they don't like flys!
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:36 AM
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I'm assuming that you meant that you were unharmed.
From my dealings with snapping turtles, that's quite an accomplishment
Actually the turtle did get to wear a new piece of "lip piercing" jewelry back to it's lair. It was imbedded in it's beak so well I decided it would be better to just cut the line at the hook eye than to play hero with the pliers and take a chance on traumatizing it further.
I, on the other hand, did manage to come away with no loss of blood (or hide) so I think of it as a totally successful release.

As for turtles not liking flies, I have been lucky there, too. Never had one bite a fly, but I did have a painted turtle take a chunk out of a foam strike indicator this spring!

Went back to try again yesterday evening and caught a big softshell turtle.
It took the hook deep, so I just cut the line as close to it's mouth as I could.

Got up this morning and grabbed the fly rod for fishing. I might be a slow learner, but I figured out it's much less stress (on me) to release fish than turtles.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:49 AM
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It sounds like a relaxing fun evening sands the stess of hook a snapping turtle.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:27 PM
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Anybody else here remember having Campbell's Turtle soup? I grew up near the Campbell's cannery and can recall folks catching big snappers that they'd sell to the soup company.
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