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Old 07-24-2003, 09:45 PM
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Well Albie it ain't but it is a fish of a lifetime



The fish weighed 54.4 lbs. 51.5" and 29" girth, caught on a half eaten hickory shad that I was reeling in to rebait after bluefish mauling, fish hit this right on top like a schoolie on a popper........Go figure when you least expect it. I tried desperately to revive this fish to no avail it came in after a long fight almost belly up and it was hooked right inside the mouth with a circle, I am torn between elation and sadness, it is headed to the taxidermist for a deserving skin mount that I will cherish forever. This fish has my everlasting respect and admiration for the battle it fought. Minimum 125 yds. on the first run on a Calcutta 700 with the drag ultimately as tight as it would go it still took line at will, I can't express to you the shear power involved in this fish, definitely in a whole different class from the fish I have caught previously. If I had hooked this one on the fly I would never had layed eyes on it.

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Old 07-24-2003, 11:44 PM
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Great pic and a great fish. Couldn`t have happened to a harder working and more deserving fisherman. Remember it`s only 10% luck.
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Old 07-24-2003, 11:50 PM
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Slinger,
You got it 50% right, the deserving part. I am still unemployed at the moment so the hard working part I am not real sure about...........But thanks just the same much appreciated for sure. And if I told you the whole uncondensed version I think you might change the luck idea as it was very strange the way this fish was hooked and landed. Very legit mind you but in no means stereotypical striper behavior.

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Old 07-25-2003, 03:26 AM
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Mike,

I agree, I can't think of a more deserving fisherman! I agree with slinger in that your 'work ethic' on the water is superb and I hope you land the big one on the street as well as on the sea soon.

Although it's noble that you wanted to release her, she is well past her spawning years and you're doing less to affect the population by retaining this trophy than in keeping a 20 pounder.

It's behavior has also taught us a thing or two about how smart a big fish can get over 15-20 years... let the blue cripple the shad and eat the easy leftovers!

Awesome fish and photo!
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Old 07-25-2003, 04:57 AM
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Great fish!! You deserve it for all your hard work. Get your Captian's license Mike your better than some of the so called guides out there.

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Old 07-25-2003, 05:24 AM
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Wow! Beautiful fish & terrific story!

Mike - FWIW, I seem to recall that skin mounts aren't the best as the oils in the skin cause the fish to degrade over time...? Can anyone chime in?
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Old 07-25-2003, 06:19 AM
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Hot damn Mike.

Looks like the bigger "Striper" in that photo is the fish!

That is a monster.
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Old 07-25-2003, 06:28 AM
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Congratulations on a great fish!
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Old 07-25-2003, 06:42 AM
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Mike... WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! It will makar a great Mount... and a keepsake for a life time.... Great Picture too. All I can say is congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-25-2003, 06:43 AM
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Wow!!

Mike,

That is an awesome fish. You truely deserve it. I second the motion on getting your captains license if that is something you would want to do. I know I learned a bunch during our time on the water.

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Old 07-25-2003, 07:31 AM
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Incredible optical illusion. That fish looks really big. You're only three and a half feet tall...right? Nice catch.
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Old 07-25-2003, 07:47 AM
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Mike,

That is a PIG :eyecrazy:

Congratulations man!

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Old 07-25-2003, 07:55 AM
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Ditto what the others have said....time on the water leads to opportunities, and we all know that you spend your share of time on the water.

Great job!
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Outstanding fish Mike!!!

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Awesome fish! Congrats!:eyecrazy:
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