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Old 12-05-2016, 03:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Went out with Bandrews on Sunday morning for a few hours.

Got to the lake at 10am, water temp was 40 degrees and nobody else in sight.

Sun was shining and it got warm quick. Was trying for perch but with my daughter with us we weren't able to move around and find em like we should have.

Tried minnow under a bobber ranging from 4-8 feet. We were fishing a steep dropoff and honestly I don't think 8 feet was enough to get it in front of the fish if they were there.
Tried crawlers on the bottom, minnow on the bottom, even tried Pautzke's fire bait dough balls for grins.

Bandrews was throwing a spinner bait. I tried a couple jigs but nothing until I saw my line with the drowning worm go tight. I ran over and set the hook but missed it and snagged a log. Couldn't get it unstuck so I walked down the shoreline to try a different angle. I felt the log come loose and spent a few minutes slowly pulling then reeling a few feet at a time. It wasn't until it was about 10 feet from shore that I thought I hooked a fish and it wrapped around the log!

Turns out it wasn't a log at all but it was my first and personal best prehistoric monster!!!

The thing was massive and didn't fight at all. I fouled hooked him in the foot. The hook ended up coming out as Bandrews got close with the pliers.

Then it walked (or ran at turtle speed) off into the depths and out of sight.











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Old 12-05-2016, 04:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Turtle stew with the possibility of a cool necklace or belt or something with those claws.

That thing could snap your pole in half with those jaws.
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Old 12-05-2016, 04:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It was MASSIVE!!!

I wanted to pick it up but had no idea how to properly handle them or how fast they could whip around and bite you.

I was more scared of it than it was of us.
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I've had them steal stringers of fish. I've had them follow me on my pontoon trying to steal my fish. Snagged quite a few and still don't like handling them.
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Dallas-You add new meaning to multi-species angler.
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There's got to be an appropriate meme for this thread somewhere!
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Very cool. I didn't do any fishing this weekend and a snapping turtle isn't all that bad right. Hahahaaaa. Glad he got unhooked before you handled him. Those things have a rediculous bite strength.
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Now that's funny PD. WTG Dallas you can have the title of "Turtle Man" if you can just get over the fear of handling them.

P.S.- Turtle soup is pretty good stuff.
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