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What Was Your Fish Of The Year?

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Not sure about the rest of you, but I am absolutely going stir crazy at this point. I might have to stoop to (gasp!) steelhead fishing!

How about some pics or stories about you fish of the year. I have two, but only one was mine.

First up was this beauty caught in the spring.

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I was fishing with my dad and high school coach and really loved showing him the carp on the fly game. Julio was set up on a pod of fish that were just laid up, not eating but he just couldn't leave em. We all know how that is! I walked around the point, just a few hundred feet away and spotted this big girl laying in the shallows, surrounded by downed trees and brush. I ninja crept my way in there and dapped a fly on her head from a rod length away. I netted the fish but the best part was the look on Julio's face when I came around the point carrying that pig. Priceless.

Fish number two was Wendy berrells. I have been after a 20 plus lb mirror for years, and Wendy says this fish came to him because I poached a 20 lber from him earlier that day! Guilty as charged, but I am happy Wendy got this beast. Awesome fish.

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Some nice memories. Anyone care to share to help me survive the winter?

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Well I didn't catch mine on a fly but I did a nice 23.6lb common out of a local lake on K-1 Fruity peach grit pack bait. Hope to land some bigger one this year!!!!! I will put up my out good fish too. it was a 22.4lb common!!!

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It was a slow year back home due to the high river levels all year long, but I managed to catch this chunky bigmouth buffalo back in early March 2010.

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ABROAD:My first Columbia river carp, caught in the company of John Montana and Mr. P back in May 2010.

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I have been fishing the Blackstone River near my house since I was a kid. . Biggest mirror I ever caught here was in the low twenties. But, that changed this past spring. In a place that I had caught hundreds of fish under 12 lbs., I suddenly hit a big one. This one topped the scale at 28 lbs. While I caught bigger carp in 2010, this is the one that I remember most.

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Great fish everyone! Im looking foward to try flyfishing for carp for the first time this coming season!

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Rougfisher..... You know what else likes to swim in the depths of the columbia river dont you??? :dry: I have a picture of a little example. This one was 10.5 FEET long and lord only knows what it weighed we hooked it just below Bonneville dam and finaly landed it 6 miles down river.post-5524-0-57225800-1296627882.jpg

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I actually hooked a sturgeon on a carp flat. Cast at a cruising shadow 80 ft away and set the hook on tension. Turned out to be about a 4 ft long sturgeon. It swam past me with my fly likely snagged in it's belly (I don't believe it ate that fly for a second) and the fly fell out when it passed me. I see small sturgeon on the flats once or twice a season.

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Extremely high water in our local reservoir the entire summer put a kabosh on most of my flyrod carping for the year.

I finally timed the "mulberry hatch" just right, and did catch a couple small carp on a purple boa yarn leech pattern under an overhaning mulberry tree.

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While not my biggest fly rod grass carp, this turned out to be the ONLY grassie I caught this year. It was 33" and calculated at ~17.5 lbs.

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And for "other rough fish", I was able to get my first couple of shortnose gar on flies this summer. That was FUN!

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And, I caught my biggest Freshwater Drum, a 26-incher, tossing lures with spinning gear. It was big enough to earn a Big Fish award from our state (Iowa).

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