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Got the lil boat "Sharkbait" up there round noon-thirty. Messed around with brookies in the creek below the lake before I actually put the boat on the lake. Fished the lake from "boat in" at 14:00 til bout 16:00 as the rain and thunder kicked us off. It was a windy, calm, windy, calm, rainy, tricklin, rainy, tricklin type of afternoon.... You mountainers should know what I mean. Went back to the ol' point where I caught some and lost a bunch the last time I was out. Caught a 18" mackinaw on a white tube jig of 3 inches tipped with crawler on 2nd cast. Got some more hits, but as I always said, my hookset sometimes stink like baby poo. "Maybe I should start considering stinger hooks now...."

So as we were on our way back to the boatramp and the rain was still tricklin, the wind died a little. BTW the small lakers were surfacing all over the shoreline gulping flies. I'm sure they were macks because some did it right next to the boat and you could see the fish clearly, forked tail and everything. I was talking to my uncle on shore, the trolling motor was doing it's thang on "1" speed and I was trolling a big ol' kastmaster.... Fish finder was reading a flux between 30 and 50 ft in some places, but we were consistantly within that range. My lady had her line all the way out with a white tube jig, chartreuse 1/4 oz jig head (guessing size of jig head) with no tipper on the end of the line. I hear her drag scream. I turned to look and it was goin fast, but steady. No rod movement. Looked like she had a snag.

I was like "Is it stuck again?"..

She responds "No. It's a fish."

I said "Well is your drag too loose?" While still kinda baffled with the stupidest look on my face according to her afterwards.

She then says "It's not too loose, but it's kinda coming in."

I returned to talking with my uncle as she was bringing up the fish while thinking she's just doing what any unexperienced newbie angler does: keep reeling until it's in. Well then she suddenly says, "Hun, I dunno but I think you should do this because it's not willing to come up."

I'm like, "What now......" while thinking to myself "What's taking her so long. It's been like 5 minutes."

Looked down the side of the boat into the clear dark eerie water with barely a visual confirmation and there it was..... Large, greenish and silvery about 7 ft below us. "Holey rusted metal, Batman!! You've only got 6 pound line!!" It took one look at my ugly human self and bolted. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZz ZZZZZZZzZzzZZZzZ!!!!! She handed the rod over quickly. The line was singing a funny melody already on the rings of the lil 5' 6" rod so it was already on the brink of breaking. I struggled for another 4 or 5 minutes praying to god every minute of the way and after about 3 more dashes it came to net. Looked HUGE!! Once again, my lady catches the fish of not hers, but my dreams. "How does she keep doing that?"  ???

Just because I did the duty of not losing the fish, still doesn't mean it was my catch. The way she just kept reeling while the fish was running from near the boat with little room for any give on the fragile 6 lb mono, that line was sure to break. I had to take over or else that mackinaw would have had that jig stuck in it's mouth for a very long time so I didn't want to risk that. Plus if the line would have broke, we both would be sleepless for the next couple nights  :D. Anyhow, it looked like a giant, but when measured it was only 28 inches and weighed approximately 10 lbs plus or minus a pound or so. In my head, I was thinking at least 32". We then loaded the boat and escaped the elements because it poured along with many slashes of lighting right after the mack was landed.  Anyhow, I still can't get over the fact that I even got to see a mackinaw of that size in real life. I told my buddies that since that one's been caught this year, the next one that size or larger outta this year will be released after a photo. They think I'm crazy.

Thanks to those who actually took the time to read this novel I wrote. Sorry for those who were irritated because I didn't just "get to the point."  ;)


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"The Woman" and her largest fish to date

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As you can see, I was still surprised  :eek:

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I know some of y'all will cringe at the thought of what happened to that mackinaw. Sorry... But nothing was wasted. Chef gets the tail.

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They couldn't resist the stuffed, beer basted and buttered grilled fish, topped with Mrs. Dash, salt and crushed pepper.. These guys were just recovering from being too full when I snapped this pic.


HAPPY FISHING FELLAS!!

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Hey red long time no see, nice fish man stuff like that always happens to me, ill cathlike 80 fish and my friend will catch one huge one, it makes me angry, by te wayis your boat named "sharkbait' from finding nemo? sharkait hoo haa haa
 

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WOW!!!! Nice catch girl friend!!!!!



Bait: $5.00
Gas: $25.00
Entry Fee: $6.00
The look on your face: Priceless!!!!!!



-Jay
 

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The geen-eyed monster Envy raises its ugly head again.  How do you (or your lady) do it?  One of these days I will post a pic that will make you envy me!

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You already have. That pic that you have as your (what do we call it again?)... Sorry, English as second language LOL!! But the pic next to your SN. The week when you caught that fish was the week I wasn't catching much.
 

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WOW!!! Warmwater fishing, cold water fishing man your all every thing fisherman nice catch man or lady. I say its your fish 2 50/50.
Thanks, man.. However, the fish is mostly or all hers. I just got the pleasure of feeling it fight for a little bit. She's got this thing where big fish take her baits or lures when she aint paying attention. So I guess I shouldn't get frustrated anymore when she gets ditsy and forgets what she's doing.
 

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Nice fish 1eyered and congrats to your girlfriend, Your report was informative and entertaining, as always! So how was the eats of the 10 lber compared to the 1.5 lber. Did you check what was in the stomach of the big fish - rainbow by any chance?

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don't apologize for the length of the report that was a great story with a greater fish! ;)
 

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Man oh man. First a wiper now the mack. Looks like she's a natural and is showing you up. I only dream about fish like that.
 

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Nice fish 1eyered and congrats to your girlfriend,  Your report was informative and entertaining, as always!   So how was the eats of the 10 lber compared to the 1.5 lber.   Did you check what was in the stomach of the big fish - rainbow by any chance?

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Yeah I did check it's tummy. It was two rainbows, actually. And someone else's line was sticking out the fishe's.. Errr... Butt. We didn't even notice that until we got home. It looked like a 8 lb test mono. Couldn't get to see what kind of lure it was though, because I already had a hard time with the smell of the insides. From outside of the stomach, it felt like a large plain hook and I didn't wanna go diggin for that with plain fingers either. Looked like the fish's body system was trying to reject the hook with line attached out the back door, but it couldn't because the hook was somewhere in the stomach or intestines. As for the two rainbows I found, they were only partially digested so she was eatin'. Kinda feel bad too cause there were eggs, but as I was saying.... Next big one goes back home. I'll limit myself to only one or two a year.

The eating was kinda the same as the little ones, but more meat!  ;D
Less bones to deal with though.... But more difficult to cook. And unlike the little ones, the meat was lighter colored. But overall, I'd say mackinaw are the best tasting freshwater salmonoid I'll ever get my tastebuds on besides brookies.

Woah.. You just reminded me!! I was supposed to post that pic up too!! Oops, sorry. Been kinda out of it lately from all the elements and lack of sleep. Thanks for reminding me Terre!! Here's the pic:

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This fish was recently somebody's loss and reason to shout and curse at Lake Jefferson. Any of you guys lose a big fish recently at Jefferson?
 

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Nice fish. You look a little dejected standing there next to her with your little fish. Dont worry, its not the size that matters... Um, yes it is.... ;D

I can only hope someday to catch a fish like that.
 

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That's a great story and nice fish should have laid it next to the beer bottle again you know the true fishermans measuring stick. Last week we went up to Jefferson to check out the campgrounds and stopped to eat at the red cabbose and I talked to the game warden there about the lake. He said that they shocked some 38" plus fish this year. So I am going to hit the lake this week end and have some fun.

Tell your lady to cut you some slack.... it is a painful thing to watch.
 

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I'm seriously envious of that fish, seriously, but great catch! Of course it wasn't you sadly it was your new fishing partner...it always is. I have spent hundreds of hours in search of a mack like that and haven't had anything close (6.5 lbs 24") to that. I am definitely extremely jealous. good luck hooking into one like that the rest of the year it probably ain't gonna happen, but if it does it will probably be to her again :D Kinda wish you woulda thrown it back but its not like I'm going to ever fish jefferson. Nice catch and great novel!
 

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I'm seriously envious of that fish, seriously, but great catch! Of course it wasn't you sadly it was your new fishing partner...it always is. I have spent hundreds of hours in search of a mack like that and haven't had anything close (6.5 lbs 24") to that. I am definitely extremely jealous. good luck hooking into one like that the rest of the year it probably ain't gonna happen, but if it does it will probably be to her again :D Kinda wish you woulda thrown it back but its not like I'm going to ever fish jefferson. Nice catch and great novel!
Thanx. Next one of that size, bud. I'll toss her back.... If catching another ever happens.. But the ones that could perfectly fit on the 20" grill will see the butter.  ;D
 

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Red - awesome story!...if you two get hitched will the marriage last if she keeps outfishing you?...it's a rush on light line isnt it...you could of done it with four...you just got to believe!

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[The geen-eyed monster Envy raises its ugly head again. How do you (or your lady) do it? One of these days I will post a pic that will make you envy me!]...you could start saving those walleyes youve been catching for bait for Red's fish!... ;)
 

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Ouch Zman! that really hurts!

I may catch small fish but unlike many people in this world I get to fish and fish often! :)

(besides you and I both know Red is really Eyeguy in disguise)

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