Originally posted by pmflyfisher
Some of the biggest river fish I have hooked while fly fishing for trout and bass have been big carp. Biggest was about 25 lbs from lake michigan on a streamer at night, thought it was a big brown or steelhead, had about 20 people watch me fight that thing for 20+ minutes. You should have seen the crowds face and laughter when I got it up to the pier for the netting. Glad I moved from Indiana to Chicago so these people cannot kid me about that one anymore.
That must have been quite a show. At least it was a fish! I saw someone battle one of those plastic shopping bags for more than five minutes on a big surf rod. The guy was so excited! As it got close everyone thought it was a big ray. Then we saw what it was and the whole pier exploded with laughter!