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Old 12-16-2018, 05:06 PM   #1
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I was alone in the middle of a striper fisherman's dream-come-true. I had a barrel full of large, live gizzard shad, and I was in the middle of a school of giant stripers! I had just landed one that tipped the scales over 35 pounds, and several more of that size had followed it to the boat. After weighing the fish and releasing it, I quickly re-baited and was ON again! this fish took me downstream in a hurry, and I'm having a time avoiding boulders while holding the rod high and keeping slack out of my line. By the time I got the boat and the fish under control, I was a half mile downstream.

Finally getting the fish to boatside, I lipped it and got a weight - just over 33 pounds! Then I released it, and suddenly heard a voice from the bank.

"Gollee, mister, that's the biggest fish I ever saw!"

I looked up and saw a fellow, maybe ten years older than me, wearing a pair of bib overalls. "You want to catch one?"

"I don't know how, and I don't think I could whip one that big!"

"Come on, get in the boat."

He didn't hesitate, and said his name was Smitty. He couldn't stop thanking me for the opportunity. I idled back up to where the bite was, tossed out a shad, and he was immediately hooked up!

Smitty alternated between grunts and laughs as line poured off the reel. Then the line stopped. The striper had gotten under a log or around a boulder and there was no getting it loose. I popped the line and Smitty was dejected. "Gollee, mister, I sure appreciate you giving me that chance."

"Unless you have an emergency at home, we ain't done yet. I've got plenty more hooks and plenty more bait."

He grinned from ear-to-ear and said, "I got nowhere to be."

Back at the sweet spot, Smitty's hooked up again, and this fish goes ripping downstream with us in tow. Smitty manages to land this one, and the scales read 25 pounds. But Smitty didn't seem overjoyed.

"That's a fine fish, Smitty."

He kinda grinned as he held the fish, and then said, "I know you like to let 'em go, so you go ahead and let him go."

I said, "Smitty, if you go home and tell people you caught a fish this big and don't have a fish to show them, are they going to believe you?"

"Well, I reckon they won't."

"It's your fish, Smitty. Take your fish and go home."

His face split wide open with the biggest grin I'd seen in a long time, and he scrambled up the bank to his car - with HIS fish.
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:28 PM   #2
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Awesome story
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Best story teller on PFF, glad your back, and good on you for giving Smitty a life long memory
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Best story teller on PFF, glad your back, and good on you for giving Smitty a life long memory
Smitty gave me a life long memory too. This happened about fifteen years ago.

Before Smitty got in the boat, I asked him if he had a rod and reel. He ran to his car and got - I swear - one of those plastic Zebco combos, complete with the big red and white bobber. I told him never mind, that I had plenty of rods.
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Thanks for the story, keep em coming.
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Awesome ! & ain't it great to have the band back together again. Now don't go missing again or I'm going to put out another silver alert !
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