Snook of a lifetime on fly (at least for me)

randyrichterrandyrichter Posts: 23 Greenhorn
Was fishing the surf last Monday, and was already having a terrific day, landed eight fish up to this point. At the end of a long cast, had a crushing strike on the first strip. A guy up on the jetty yelled, "Dude, that's a big fish!" Into the backing and then the fish just powered down the beach. Put a ton of heat on it, but often still couldn't really move it. When I got it close, it seemed like it just doubled in size. Measured at 42 inches and heavy. Couldn't sleep that night...:)

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  • cprcpr Posts: 9,294 Admiral
    Great 1st post!

    :thumbsup
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  • FlySidelinerFlySideliner Posts: 7 Greenhorn
    That's a fish of a lifetime for anyone.

    Congrats!
  • gettinwetgettinwet Posts: 1,366 Officer
    Wow!
    There are only so many casts in life, so shut up and fish!!
  • nole76nole76 Posts: 804 Officer
    Beautiful fish! and on the fly - wow!

    Congrats!
  • SUPER DSUPER D Posts: 645 Officer
    Great fish, sounds like a great day. How heavy a shock leader? Got my best beat by a foot.

    :thumbsup
  • remo_5_0remo_5_0 Posts: 248 Deckhand
    ****, nice job and great fish!!
  • randyrichterrandyrichter Posts: 23 Greenhorn
    35lb shock. Had just changed out from 25lb after a couple of fish frayed it. Glad I did Was still pretty worried it was going to chew through. Stayed with the 35 the rest of the trip and hit a 38 inch the next morning.
  • RG AirRG Air Posts: 284 Deckhand
    Very nice.
  • Net 30Net 30 Posts: 976 Officer
    Stud Snook. What part of FL?
  • randyrichterrandyrichter Posts: 23 Greenhorn
    Net 30 wrote: »
    Stud Snook. What part of FL?

    Jupiter
  • TgrassTgrass Posts: 204 Deckhand
    Impressive, Very Impressive !
  • randyrichterrandyrichter Posts: 23 Greenhorn
    Net 30 wrote: »
    Stud Snook. What part of FL?

    Jupiter
  • ShadowcastShadowcast Wimauma, FLPosts: 1,036 Officer
    Awesome snook!!
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  • hooknsnookhooknsnook Posts: 62 Greenhorn
    what a pig...congrats!
  • redjimredjim Posts: 774 Officer
    Wow!!!

    Amazing photos too!!!!
  • E-typeE-type Posts: 246 Officer
    YOWSA! WOW! and YIKES!
  • ovidovid Posts: 71 Deckhand
    gorgeous fish
  • Joe SnookJoe Snook Posts: 441 Deckhand
    great Job!! beautiful Fish!!
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  • brysonbryson Posts: 13 Greenhorn
    35lb shock. Had just changed out from 25lb after a couple of fish frayed it. Glad I did Was still pretty worried it was going to chew through. Stayed with the 35 the rest of the trip and hit a 38 inch the next morning.

    Do you rig it up like you would for tarpon, just 8-12" of heavy leader between the tippet and fly? Never gone for those big snook before. Incredible catch!
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  • randyrichterrandyrichter Posts: 23 Greenhorn
    bryson wrote: »
    Do you rig it up like you would for tarpon, just 8-12" of heavy leader between the tippet and fly? Never gone for those big snook before. Incredible catch!

    Yes
  • HeartNShoalHeartNShoal Posts: 937 Officer
    Really cool.


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  • StryderStryder Posts: 172 Deckhand
    Wicked fish man. Totally wicked. Tell us about the fly. Congrats :thumbsup

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  • randyrichterrandyrichter Posts: 23 Greenhorn
    Stryder wrote: »
    Wicked fish man. Totally wicked. Tell us about the fly. Congrats :thumbsup

    Thanks. Back here in Iowa and for once, thankful to not be in Florida right now. Fishing for muskies and tying to get ready for Great Lakes steelhead season. The fly was a simple olive over white pilchard fly. About 3 1/2 inches, 1/0 hook, using a material called flash n slinky. I usually tie them with pretty big eyes.
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