I just lost what looked to me like a 12 to 15lb fish about 20min ago in the pond behind my house. I had pro rigged an optimum and done some modifying to it, wanted to try it out before church.. 3rd cast on the main lake point from shore, with my only bait, she just jakked it. Didnt even have to set the hook. She stripped drag, jumped 4-5 times but couldnt get out of the water, just kinda wallowed, then got me in some bushes in deeper water,and my line broke.. Actually, it was my knot, which makes me feel even worse because i know it could have been prevented... I was on the top of the world for about a minute.. Then bottom of the ocean along with $15 dollars and a bass that i would have pictures of for the rest of my life.. *sigh* I truly believe that fish would have won the VA bigbass contest i am entered in. Gosh!..
Bright side is, i found out that the modified color worked, and on a giant fish too. And that my pro rigging worked because she tried and tried to throw the hook and couldnt, so there is a plus for the future. But.. what a giant..
There is my story, the story of a dejected man for the rest of the day, but a resiliant one as soon as i can get another bait! Good Fishing! AND FOR GOD SAKES CHECK THOSE KNOTS!
#5766, "RE: Ever lose i REALLY big fish?" In response to Reply # 0
Yeah i went! I was so upset i had to.. I prayed for forgivness at communion thinking i did something wrong, asking god to hit me in the head when ever i was getting ready to do it again so it would keep me from losing another fish like that! Giant.. I have obsessed about it all day.. Any words of wisdom?
#7948, "RE: Ever lose i REALLY big fish?" In response to Reply # 5
You think you're obsessing about it now.... its been nearly a year and a half since a high teener jumped 3 times before shaking me off at the boat... I STILL obsess about it! Not to mention the 10+ I lost in a tourney the other day! Ugh, I think I'm going to get in my fetal position and rock some more.
#7949, "RE: Ever lose i REALLY big fish?" In response to Reply # 0 Mon May-22-06 10:59 AM by swimbait
It happens. And it hurts. Sometimes there's nothing you can do but most of the time it's an equipment failure or a tactical mistake. All you can do afterward is learn from what happened and do your best to never let it happen again.
My worst one was a ~16lber that I hooked on a jig in February about 4 years ago. Had it right to the boat but didn't have a net with me. The fish went nuts at the side of the boat and spit the jig. I dumped my rod and reached in up to my armpits to grab her. I had her on both sides of her body but she slipped out of my grip. I doubt I'll ever get another chance at a jig fish that big and it sucks thinking about it. If you value your sanity, don't go fishing in a boat without a net.
#7960, "RE: Ever lose i REALLY big fish?" In response to Reply # 0
So far I've never boated a hawg. Last Sep. I had the most outrageous day when I fought over and over and over nothing but what must have been HUGE fish. My first hook up of the night clues me in that I probably never even really got a hook set because I had a fight going on and when it got off I reeled in and discovered I had not removed the plastic hook protector on my Storm swimbait. The fish fought like crazy and never even had a hook in her. I was only using 8# test and a medium powered spincaster as I was certainly not expecting anything near this size of fish. I broke line trying to set hook on these fish several times. If the line didn't break, every time I had them within a few yards of my tube they would get off. I'm now convinced they never had a hook in them...that's why they never surfaced and tried to throw the bait. By the end of the night I had blisters on my hands and bruises on my belly from one fantastic fight after another. Went back two days later with an 8' backbouncer Loomis and got nada. So yeah, I think I know how you must feel.