What's the STRANGEST thing you ever caught?

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  1. Tom Merrill

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    While halibut fishing in Alaska when I was about 15 or 16, I managed to catch a skate (like the manta rays, not the roller-skating variety :WINK ). The guide we were with kept it and told us the flesh tasted like scallops on eating. He was correct! (Sorry guys...that's one that didn't get released. :TSKTSK Hopefully, the skate population has recovered!)
     
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    A shoe, and a loon. Witnessed but not landed by me. Fishing the Mississippi River in St Paul MN, at the confluence of Minnehaha creek (a great Walleye spot), a young guy started hooting and hollering with a big bent rod, only to land a size 12 (easy ;) shoe. Pretty sweet. He released it unharmed. High top too. Lake Vermillion, northern MN, a Loon hit a Rapala deep runner minnow. What a mess. Finally cut the line after attempting to free the bird (no pun intended) a number of times, and worried about tiring the darn thing to death.
     
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    Two things stand out in my memory...
    First was when I was steelheading on the Klickitat in the 80's. I was taking a break from the 8 wt. and casting a Steelie spoon in a deep hole when I hooked something heavy. It hit and ran downstream like a king. This giant came to the surface 50 yards downriver, but it wasn't a king. It was a 40 lb beaver! It was the biggest darn beaver I've ever seen. When it broke the surface it slammed the water as pissed as ever and threw my spoon free.

    Second weird one was when I was shad fishing below Bonneville. I was throwing the usual crappie jig setup on my 6' trout rod. Probably 4 or 6 lb leader. I hooked something very large and again, assumed it was a king. It shook its head fiercely and then came straight up out of the water. Again, not a king, but a 7-8 foot sturgeon!! I could see my jig stuck to the side of his face. It came free when he broke the water. Very awesome sight!

    Stacy
     
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    A seacucumber. We were trolling for salmon in Posession sound in my sailboat, I guess my line was near the bottom. It took me a while to bring it in with my light steelhead rod. I honestly thought it would be a rockfish or something. When I got it to the boat It looked like a big yellow football. Unfortunately I had to dispatch it with my .22 for fear of it injuring the crew. (just kidding I C&R all wild cukes!) :WINK

    Ugliest thing I ever caught: An 18" sculpin on my 8wt. up in the San Juans. This I truly thought was a mess of seaweed until I got him to the dinghy. It put up absolutly no fight whatsoever! It sure was an ugly mother! I guess I do have a special place in heart for sculpin though, they take a fly well and they may be our fishing future so please release all wild sculpin unharmed.:THUMBSUP

    BH
     
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    I caught a sweater, damn thing weighed about 10 lbs.
     
  6. Old Man

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    When I was a kid. (no laughing) We used to catch them all day long in Puget Sound off of Manette(Bremerton). But in those day they were so plentiful,we would throw them up on the rocks so they could get a sun tan.

    But the best was last year when my buddy was fishing the F/Fork Of the Sky in the winter. He caught a bolder and swore it was a steelhead. He fought it for 20 minutes before he found out what it was. He was using a bobber and a jig. The way the bobber was moving in the current you would swear it was a fish.

    Jim
     
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    What are the odds of this one?

    I hooked into a nice silver that broke me off. I continued fishing the hole. I ended up catching the same fish I hooked before. This time however, I hooked it through the eye of the hook that broke off with my line. I was fishing #4 clousers both times. It was nice to get my fly back.
     
  8. aaron j

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    When a youngster, and not yet attuned to the art of flyfishing, I once caught a large painted turtle on a worm in the Snake River. Another time near Gig Harbor while bottom fishing for rockfish, I brought up a small octopus that was wrapped around my plastic worm jig. Being fearless, I let it crawl across my hand, where it nipped me with its beak! I still have a tiny scar from the encounter.

    Aaron J :LOVEIT
     
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    I hooked my friend's eye when he walked behind me as I casted.

    Went through his bottom eyelid, and out his upper eyelid hooking his eye shut.

    Miraculously, his eyeball itself was untouched - Thank God!



    Let 'em go!
     
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    yea getting hooked in the eye sucks. happenned to me when i was fishing with my friends. but luckily didnt get my eye ball just the eye lid. weirdest thing i caught was when i wrapped my line around a branch, i pulled the branch came off. it was floating donwstream with the fly behind it. a little cuttie came up hit the dry and i caught him.
     
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    just remember, throw 'em back

    i got a rotten, yellow, stinky, dead chum at the cracker bar a few years back. awesome fighter! yea right. c+r of course. my grandpa caught a 15" rainbow out of silver lake in everett in the 80's. the fish had two heads! the backbone split into two about halfway down the fishes back. only one head appeared functional, the other was all deformed. way to go hatcheries! i also caught a few rainbows three years ago at Lake Ki on opening day that were flourescent pink. like hot pink! it was some sort of dye, i dont now what from. but it oozed off of them and when you cut them open it was all runny pink stuff. that was weird. and finnaly, my dad and i raised up our crab pots one time to find a huuuge flounder in our pot! man, that was some stroke of luck for that thing to get in there. it had to of swam perfectly up the ramps and it still barely squeezed through. it was the biggest one ove ever seen. manive probably caught more weird things than i can remeber at the moment.
     
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    A water mossican (that's the way it's pronounced in E. Texas), Lake Pat Mayes, Texas. Put up a great fight. Got it to the boat, my buddy says "OK, dumb a$$, what you gonna do now". He wouldn't net it and I was sober enough not to lip it like a bass (it was early) so I cut the line and lost my best spinner bait :REALLYMAD
     
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    After reading about getting caught in the eye made me think of the few places in my body that I've been hooked or did by myself. My brother once when we were fishing with spinners,he got ready to cast it out and when he did it got me in the back of my head. It didn't go past the barb. And one other time when we were spin fishing on the Tolt. I cast it out and got hooked up on the other side on a branch. Well I tried to pull it free and in the process of doing it,it came back like it was shot out of a gun. It hit me in my belly and one of the barbs went thru my shirt and into my belly. Tried to back it out but just got it in farther past the barb. I couldn't get it out so I laid down in the back of my truck and beat it to Redmond to a medical clinic to have it removed. What made me mad is that the Doc. cut my favorite t-shirt to get it out. After all of that we went back to fishing.

    Jim
     
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    What's the STRANGEST thing you have not caught?

    just remember, throw 'em back

    i say that we change the thread to "what's the STRANGEST thing that you have NOT caught." im quickly growing tired of these fickle silvers. man im done with em, i ready to start fishing for my goldfish.......sleepless nights and fishless days....when will it end. cmon chums......
     
  15. rockfish

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    What's the STRANGEST thing you have not caught?

    caught a wolf eel in sekiu and a octopus at the artificial reef at blake island. the wolf eel was a trip I'll tell yeah. Ben