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Wanting to try out my new bite alarms that I won at the Cammack fish-in, I decided to hit up the aforementioned lake today to give them a try. There was one line that kept getting pulled out a little bit,not a dropback, making my alarm beep once or twice every 10-15 minutes. About 45 minutes after the last beep, I decided to reel in to re-bait. When I started to reel in, I realized that there was a fish on the other end of the line. It didn't seem to put up much of a fight, so I thought it was just a bunch of grass at first. When I got close to the bank, I saw the line start to swim away sideways and felt the tell-tale jerk of a carp that just realized its about to take a trip out of the water. Unfortunately, it came unhooked and I didn't get a good look at it.

Has anyone had anything similar happen to them? I find it really weird that a carp would get hooked and stay put for 45 minutes without moving enough to pull out the line even more. Does anyone have any insight into this?

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Not in about 45 years. :)

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You don't have buffalo there do you? Sometimes they will just sit right on your bait and suck and blow it forever.

If not, then I'm puzzled, unless it was a big turtle. A softshell can really pull like a fish but they usually are not so sluggish as to just sit there that long with the bait, unless maybe the water is getting cold enough to slow them down?

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Wanting to try out my new bite alarms that I won at the Cammack fish-in, I decided to hit up the aforementioned lake today to give them a try. There was one line that kept getting pulled out a little bit,not a dropback, making my alarm beep once or twice every 10-15 minutes. About 45 minutes after the last beep, I decided to reel in to re-bait. When I started to reel in, I realized that there was a fish on the other end of the line. It didn't seem to put up much of a fight, so I thought it was just a bunch of grass at first. When I got close to the bank, I saw the line start to swim away sideways and felt the tell-tale jerk of a carp that just realized its about to take a trip out of the water. Unfortunately, it came unhooked and I didn't get a good look at it.

Has anyone had anything similar happen to them? I find it really weird that a carp would get hooked and stay put for 45 minutes without moving enough to pull out the line even more. Does anyone have any insight into this?

Sure it was a carp and not a big turtle?

I've had snapping turtles doing something similar

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Sure it was a carp and not a big turtle?

I've had snapping turtles doing something similar

Me too.

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Could of been a big turtle or catfish. I've had both play games with me at cammack before...hate them.

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It happened to me twice a couple years back. Beep-beep-beep for 20mins, then I decided to reel in and as soon as I moved the bait, fish on. Landed both carp and one was my PB 30+. Sorry I can't explain why. I was thinking there feeding heavy, banging around the line or lead and when they see movement the hit the bait. That's just a theory.

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I suppose it could have possibly been a turtle since I never got a good look at it. It just really felt like a carp taking off when it sees a net. I suppose that I'll never know...

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Ive had this happen in winter when the carp just didnt move off the spot, reeled in about 20 minutes after a few short lifts then nothing, surprissed to find fish on, another scenario ive had like this when fishing at 90yds+, fish takes bait and moves of slowly sideways swinging in an arc, it was on a windy day with chop on the water so the first indication i got was noticing the rod tip move sideways very slowly.

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DGuy,

Am I the only one that saw it?? !! I'd say it was at least a 35 lb mirror. You probably shouldn't use the "long release" method on the big ones. - - - Just a suggestion.

Phone

I vote "not-fish".

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I suppose it could have possibly been a turtle since I never got a good look at it. It just really felt like a carp taking off when it sees a net. I suppose that I'll never know...

macfish here. Several folks have said it sounded like a turtle to them. I have been battling turtles this summer for the first time in a long time. I've been fishing for blue catfish using cut bait and have caught and also lost several large softshell turtles. I don't now how they react where you're at, but once I got them close to shore the way they were swimming was decidedly different than any fish. I could clearly feel them "paddling" meaning they were using their front legs to try to swim away from the direction they were being pulled. It was a sensation unlike any I have felt with any fish I have caught, sort of an alternating pull one way then the other way. When I first hooked them I was unsure for awhile what was on the line but once I got them closer it was clear that it was not a fish. As far as something biting tentatively then no action and then something being "on the line" when it was retrieved - that describes exactly what happened to me maybe three weeks ago and it was a softshell on the line. Apparently they can swallow a hook without even knowing what they've done. Maybe that's because I was using circle hooks so they probably were not pricked by the hook point. Jonathan

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Sure sounds like either a sucker (Buff, Carpsucker, big Redhorse, etc.) or a turtle to me. Suckers always give me that type of trouble, but I rarely hook into them at all.

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