A Fish Story

Usually a fish story involves the fish that got away and how enormous it was. This one didn't get away, but it's a fish story none the less. I was fishing a real narrow point with mangroves on it. I was 30' or so from the end, fishing out in front of it when a good Snook grabs my lure. Well, if you haven't caught a big Snook, the first couple minutes can be exciting because they are very much in charge and you are just along for the ride. He swam around the other side of the point on a drag screaming run. I am fighting the fish and trying to get my Ipilot going to chase it. I finally get around and realize he had gone into the mangroves around a couple and back out. I can see the fish jumping out away from shore still pulling drag. I finally get to the area where the line is wrapped around the mangroves and realize it's not coming out of there. The fish is getting tired now, but I have no way of retrieving any line and it doubles back under the boat, around the trolling motor, back out the back of the boat and now I don't see it. I have to put the Power Pole down ,because now I can't run the trolling motor. I put the trolling motor up and grab the braid with a towel, but it's stuck on the bottom or back of the boat. I finally find the line in the back of the boat, grab it and pull the fish to the net by hand, both of us worn out. Quick pic then long release as it took me probably 5 minutes to revive it to my satisfaction till it swam off. Then I had to unwrap and collect line from 1/2 of the Gulf of Mexico it seemed. Later on had another big one jump up and wave goodbye as he spit my lure. Otherwise, lower slot trout and Jacks were where ever rushing water was today. Home for lunch with a boat to fix as I had no neutral or reverse most of the morning.


  • HARRYDHARRYD Posts: 156 Deckhand
    That is a fish story. Glad you had it long enough for the picture. Quick thinking with the towel.
  • Landlocked_Landlocked_ Posts: 590 Officer
    HARRYD wrote: »
    That is a fish story. Glad you had it long enough for the picture. Quick thinking with the towel.

    Braid is no joke with a beast on the other end.
    Heck of an adventure for sure Ted, and a sweet linesider
  • xmuskyguidexmuskyguide Beautiful HomosassaPosts: 1,407 Officer
    Very nice fish! :thumbsup
  • mburke001 aka TripleBmburke001 aka TripleB Posts: 955 Officer
  • Ruff OneRuff One HomosassaPosts: 1,779 Captain
    I am dizzy just reading that round robin!! Man, there was no way you were going to lose that fish. He's a nice one too.
  • barhopper51barhopper51 Posts: 492 Deckhand
    That has got to be some strong line. What brand?
  • HARRYDHARRYD Posts: 156 Deckhand
    Some are fortunate enough to learn of the danger of braid through other's experience. I wasn't so lucky. Not a bad cut but enough to teach me to grab the 'towel'.
  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 9,171 Moderator
    Dang , sometimes "it" happens. :cool:
    "You'll get your weather"
  • HammerheadTedHammerheadTed Posts: 1,211 Officer
    That has got to be some strong line. What brand?

    I use 15# Power Pro Super 8 Slick with 40# flouro leader. I was surprised it did not break. It seemed like the fish could pull out all he wanted, but when I tried to retrieve it felt like I was going to break it off.
  • ReelRedneckReelRedneck Posts: 18 Greenhorn
    What an experience Ted. That one will b etched in your memory for a life time. What a day.
  • Wishin i was fishinWishin i was fishin Dunnellon FlPosts: 886 Officer
    Haha that seems like a fiasco I'd get into. Sounds like you handled it like a champ!
  • FELLOW-SHIPFELLOW-SHIP Posts: 213 Deckhand
    As I'm reading your story knowing you like I do I'm laughing my Axx off. That sounds more like a underwater basket weaving contest than a semi pro Snook fishing experience. If I was there I would have climbed up your tower with a cold drink an simply enjoyed your angling skills.
  • HammerheadTedHammerheadTed Posts: 1,211 Officer
    Wish I had a video. LOL
  • Biggary16Biggary16 Posts: 468 Deckhand
    Crazy story Ted! Usually a story like that never ends well. But you persevered! Awesome!

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