Also, cue "horney head chub gifs" and jokes.
Humm.....Nick? You sure you posted the right pic there?I've caught many memorable fish.
None are relived in my head anywhere near as often as this one. My first lingcod on the fly is right up there though.
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Nice writing Spud!Something hit my fly pretty hard. I set the hook and proceeded to....well....just kind of lift that fish right out of the water. When it came to rest on dry land....I was horrified. This fish had horns. Three of them. Sticking right out of its head.
I wouldn't know what I had caught for quite awhile. I eventually found that it was a horney head chub. Just a little guy. Yet, when you are about to put hands on a fish and that fish has horns, you kind of pull back for a moment.
There are unicorns which are fake. There are narwhals which are real. Somewhere in between is the horney head chub. It's definitely real.
While big fish have come and gone to my delight, this chub is still my most memorable catch. I will never forget seeing those little prosthetic looking daggers sticking out of its head. I had to take a moment to decide whether or not I wanted to put hands on that fish. I wondered if I was fishing waters that had some nuclear waste runoff?