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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » U.S. Post and Topics » U.S. West Region Introductions and Discussions » Fishing Reports Western Region » LAH Thurs 10-15-20. Trifecta, Legal and "The One That-Got-Away!

LAH Thurs 10-15-20. Trifecta, Legal and "The One That-Got-Away!

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SP Dan

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LAH Thurs 10-15-20
Fished from 0600 hrs until 1100 hrs

Lord ... I humbly kneel before you ... thank you for today's many blessings ... and for fish! Amen!

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I had a normally slow morning start again ... but BOY!!! ...
did it ever end with a  The Bomb "BANG"!!.

My fish count: (11- fish), minus the one very stubborn,  uncooperative fish= only 10 fish today. lol

(3) Sandy's, best 18" legal. Skunk buster
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(3) short Spotty's, best 12"
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(3) short Calico, best 7 1/2"
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(1) short "pancake" Halibut, 15"
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Thanx for checking out my fish report,

SP Dan


AND ... HERE IT IS FOLK'S .... ANOTHER ... ONE OF THOSE ...
"THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY STORIES! HA HA HA!


So ... I'm all-out of fishing-time and must start heading-back home for today's scheduled Doctor's appointment.

I finally finished kicking back; to being in-front of my launch site again, with 10 minutes still to spare.
Man-O-man ... what-ever should I do now??? ... I say's to myself! lol
Well folk's! ... that means ... ten more minutes of fishing in my books ... YAHOO!!

So I see where 5 my minutes of kicking and fishing has gotten me, so sadly .... I turn-myself-around and I commence my final kick, back in the direction of my launch and to end today's session, to break-down my rods and begin to stow my equipment away for portage.

(Side Note) I was taking a mental moment (vacation) to reflect on a few of my previous discussions with others ... Jerdon for one, Jerdon's written words to me and of the spoken words of the fellow' that actually owns the ship where I was fishing and catching today ... they both suggested to me that I:
"spend more time ... fishing in the launch area"!  

So with only two minutes left to go (10:58 hrs) on the clock .... BAM!!! ... It Happens!!
I get SLAMMED in about 11' of water, in the muddy-flat in front of the jetty's rock-foot-print .... wait for it (Jerdon) .......
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I was dragging a 5/8 oz Silver Green/Silver HUB Dead-man while it was securely-held in-place inside my DIY 1.5"  swiveling ABS rod holder.

The mysterious fish had "set" it's self on the hook and was pulling hard and ripping line off my reel!!
I reeled-it-in quickly, up to about 5 feet of water (about half way up) when it absolutely EXPLODED!
Mean while ... I frantically to get my other lines out of the water, cleared and stored out-of-the-way for the up coming battle!
At first I thought that it was one of those 4-5lb "home guard" Bass! ... but NOPE, it was TOO strong! ... Perhaps it was one of those Bat-rays ...... but NOPE ... it kept stopping and it kept changing directions until it began to circle swim as it showed tale signs of it tiring!

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THEN! ... IT put it's head shakes and power runs together for one of those famous Halibut BATTLES ... that you read about!

My Jaw just .... Dropped!!  affraid

Note: While I was stowing my gear this fish had turned-me a 180 deg turn, then back-and-forth 180 deg two more times.

I knew then and there that I had something really huge and heavy buttoned-on, so I loosened my drag; just-a-bit, and I thoroughly enjoyed the strength of the fish and it's multiple line-ripping runs for the next couple minutes before it actually exhausted it's-self-out to where I could get it calm enough to lay on the water's surface; flat in-front of my knees, in order to get a photo of the time on my watch; in the photo, showing the Halibut and the correct time (a great last-cast Kodak moment!) when .... DANG!!

OH NOoooo! ..... he stopped pulling, the line went slack for that very brief moment ... as the hook unbuttoned it's self from the enlarged worn hook-hole from battle ....

Well folk's ... that fish was lucky today, it won the battle and it's freedom ... until we meet ... next time!
Take a guess folk's to where I'll be wetting my bait tomorrow! Thumbs Up Ha ha ha!

So here's my only pic's of my (minus one) Halibut, it measured in front of me to be a 27"-28" Halibut, this would have been my 9th (photo'd) legal Halibut landed this season.
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Oh ... well ... still stuck on 8.
This is how ... "Not To Do It Folk's!

PS ...My apologies for the lengthy "cookies and milk read-time" with SP Dan! lol But it was totally fun!

Thanx for checking out my fish report,

SP Dan



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Great story on the Halibut Dan.
I have lost a fish due to a early celebration (photo op) myself. No more pics till they are landed. Those big guys are crafty.

Thanks for sharing.


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Great read as always Dan. At least you know where to look the Halibut next time. I know the feeling all too well Lol. I lost 2 halibuts the same day like that, heart breaker for sure when you get to see them.

SD BAY BASSN

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OH many I know the feeling what a great story thanks for sharing.


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Very nice, looks like that dead horse still has something left in it.

SP Dan

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Great story on the Halibut Dan.
I have lost a fish due to a early celebration (photo op) myself. No more pics till they are landed. Those big guys are crafty.

Thanks for sharing.
I enjoyed the 18” LEGAL Sandy as much, if not more! lol
At least ... I landed it! Cool

Thanx for chiming-in


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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Great read as always Dan. At least you know where to look the Halibut next time. I know the feeling all too well Lol. I lost 2 halibuts the same day like that, heart breaker for sure when you get to see them.

SD BAY BASSN

Thanx SD BAY BASSIN Thumbs Up


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I jeffcpr wrote:OH many I know the feeling what a great story thanks for sharing.

I do remember Jeff. lol

The good side to all of this is ..... my report was really about a legal 18” Sandy that was a lot of fun to fight and land.
It had totally trashed my 15# leader line! lol

NOTE: I’ll be bumping ed5000x for the “most posts“ on my next reply. 
Man-Oh-Man! ... My apologies ed5000x! Thumbs Up
I know that it’s silly but this is a HUGE “Mile Stone Marker” to me, in my books! Cool


Ya know ... we’ve all have learned by either copying or being copied, imitatIng or being imitated and or have followed behind some really great float tube fisherman like here on FTFF!

DANO must have been one-of-them for certain. :pray: RIP!

I can’t believe what a great; experience it has been, to be a small part of this FT family’s ... sharing’s and discussions! Thumbs Up

Good stuff, Thumbs Up

SP Dan


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Very nice, looks like that dead horse still has something left in it.  

Yup! ... That horse sure did! Thumbs Up lol
Thanx Johnny

This reply to you has bumped me ahead of ed5000x for Top Posters. Yahoo! lol

SP Dan


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Very nice, looks like that dead horse still has something left in it.  

Yup! ... That horse sure did! Thumbs Up lol
Thanx Johnny

This reply to you has bumped me ahead of ed5000x for Top Posters. Yahoo! lol

SP Dan


WTG Dan. That is a lot of talking. Razz
SHHH!


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Very nice, looks like that dead horse still has something left in it.  

Yup! ... That horse sure did! Thumbs Up lol
Thanx Johnny

This reply to you has bumped me ahead of ed5000x for Top Posters. Yahoo! lol

SP Dan


WTG Dan. That is a lot of talking.  Razz
SHHH!
Ha ha ha! Jerdon ... looks who’s talking! lol
I’ll never catch up to you Brotha! lol


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