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Old 04-25-2016, 09:31 PM   #1
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Launched this morning for a lil fishing before work.

Conditions weren't ideal, low tide, not much wind, full moon (ran out of excuses).

I managed a few weak top water hits n caught 1 16" trout on mr-17, released.

Threw a couple times at a dock on my way to the ramp and had a fish hit but not commit to the spook.

Picked up the mr-17, slung it under the dock and started the retrieve, BAM!...drag starts singing, yak starts moving, this has got to be a big bull.

I tried to fight the fish, fight the yak, stay out of the dock pilings and the fish finally managed to break me off on the pilings. I've caught some pretty respectable fish, from piers, boats and wading, but the overwhelming feeling of helpless when trying to fight a large, strong fish and the yak is incredible.

Thought I'd share this bit of learning frustration w/ you folks.
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:38 PM   #2
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Been there, done that. But you have to admit, it is a lot of fun.
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Throw out the bush hook!
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Throw out the bush hook!
Hey, if it had been in open water, I'd would have been able to troll another lure while being towed.

And yes, Skiifer...it was a huge rush!
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Dang! I think that threw new fx12 propel is out now. Been seeing several of the pro-staff guys with them.
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Consider a pole anchor and an anchor trolley.
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Even with being able to reverse in the slayer it still happens to me occasionally.
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:58 AM   #9
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Consider a pole anchor and an anchor trolley.
Got one, I don't use it unless the wind is pushing me....didn't have it staked out.
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