Reunited, and it feels so good

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Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby catchafew » Aug Fri 24, 2018 1:14 am

No I'm not talking about that sappy 70s song.  I was playing my 'small ball' game on my little rivers and lakes again this season for musky and I think I go reunited with this hottie from September 2015.  Same dam and I think the same turbine gate, parked right in the corner of the arch.

Here's a link to that September 2015 post: https://www.windycityfishing.com/forums ... ly#p539370

Here's a picture of her from 3 years ago, she could be a male for all I know about esox. Notice the messed up lower jaw and dark mark on the edge of her gill plate.
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8/23/18 - I think she's the same ski and like me she's put on a few pounds as well but it looks better on her.  Messed up lower jaw and similar markings on the gill plate?
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I don't know if she reminds me of Edna Bukowski, no relation to Charles but they both liked to drink, when we had romantic getaways at the Apache on Lincoln Avenue... No this could be a glamour shot of Rosie O'donnell and me as we shopped at Moo & Oink.
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Anyway skis still get the blood pumping and this 4" swimbait did the trick twice this week.  It was a pure reaction bite, she slammed the lure in less than a second. 
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I love my small little waters up north, this is the 3rd time I've caught the same fish twice, once it was 30 minutes later for a smallie, 1 year later for a pike and this time almost 3 years later for a ski.  I don't catch monster fish hence the name 'small ball' but action is decent and 95% of time I'm the only angler present.
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby joetrain » Aug Fri 24, 2018 4:40 am

Yeah you definitely have a good gig going up there. When’s the move?
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby Aux Pleins » Aug Fri 24, 2018 5:48 am

Way to plunk those skis on the head. Cool post, probably the same fish too.
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Postby Phil6 » Aug Fri 24, 2018 8:19 am

Good thing you didnt post her on instagram! :roll:
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby urbanHog312 » Aug Fri 24, 2018 8:38 am

best part is someone else likely CPR'd her at one point. helluva fish.
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby catchafew » Aug Fri 24, 2018 9:14 am

^^^ Guy who took the first picture of us 3 years ago intimately recognized the fish and said he caught her before. With that face it's not a fish you'll forget, I'm sure she's been caught a bunch.
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby Lip_Yanker » Aug Fri 24, 2018 9:17 am

Good looking esox, good looking esox.




30+ years ago, I lost a red/white dardevle to a pike in Canada. 3 days later, my friend hauled it in using a blk/white dardevle and my lure hanging in the corner of it's mouth. I got my spoon back. :thumbup:


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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby vman01 » Aug Fri 24, 2018 10:10 am

Impaired jaw does not appear to have effected that fishes ability to grow. Cool history
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby Skifish1 » Aug Fri 24, 2018 10:47 am

Very cool. The good thing about catch and release quickly is you may catch them again :clap:
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby RonG » Aug Fri 24, 2018 11:11 am

I've caught the same fish a few times, 5 or 10 minutes apart, but 3 years? Wow. Nice job on the muskmelons this year. :thumbup:
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby grems » Aug Fri 24, 2018 2:18 pm

Crazy deformed upper jaw, no mistaking that one!

I couldn't tell from the first photo but the close up is scary, do you think it is an injury or genetic?

In any case, great story and fish.
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby Brett » Aug Fri 24, 2018 3:03 pm

That's pretty cool. Just goes to show catch and release works as intended.
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby catchafew » Aug Fri 24, 2018 3:45 pm

grems wrote:you think it is an injury or genetic?


I honestly don't know, everytime I've been in a hurry to get her back in the water. Skin is fully healed on to jaw and she has teeth. This dam is a very popular and accessible place to fish I have no doubt she's been caught many times and her body is petty scarred up as well. Idk if she got handled roughly by an overzealous angler when she was little who wanted to get his lure back and broke her snout? Just as well she has this dam, I'm guessing it crunches up fish and crayfish to small partswhich are easy hold and eat. Idk how she could catch and HOLD larger prey missing top part of jaw.
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby jmdog2003 » Aug Sat 25, 2018 11:31 am

The virtues of catch and release. Get her when she's pushing 50" :)
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby HEDDONFROG » Aug Sat 25, 2018 12:32 pm

That looks like a very nice sized Musky to me, no reason to call that “small ball” fishing. Great job Mike!
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby travelingfisherman » Oct Thu 18, 2018 6:32 pm

Nice muskie
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby Woohoodude11 » Oct Fri 19, 2018 9:33 am

The musky is nice and all but what a sweet goat :lol:
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby catchafew » Oct Fri 19, 2018 1:33 pm

I'm just bored and decided to let my face grow long. I think I caught Joaquin Phoenix again, his cleft palate is looking worse. He's a lifer at this dam generator pool.

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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby HEDDONFROG » Oct Sat 20, 2018 5:46 am

She seems to get along just fine with her deformity. Is she putting on some weight from the last time or just look generally healthy?
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby catchafew » May Wed 29, 2019 1:35 pm

Another angler in my area posted recently in 2019 he caught this fish two years in a row. I landed her twice since 2015. Maybe she never roams far but she has miles of musky river to choose from. She's been caught by 3 different anglers from the same spot over at least 4 years. I guess c&r is working.

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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby joetrain » May Wed 29, 2019 1:38 pm

That is a cool story. A couple years ago I caught a stubbed nose smallmouth 2 years in a row in the exact same spot.
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby catchafew » May Wed 29, 2019 2:26 pm

^^^Joe, I think it would be very cool if we could get a fishery biologist to address questions about fish behavior and especially migration behavior and distances they roam. You said you caught the same smallie a twice, I certainly can believe that. On one river my smallies migrate alot (or don't want what I'm presenting later in the year) another river (hour away) I can catch them all year long on tubes during the spring/summer.

My fear is if we got some fishery biologist to chime in some folks might scare them away with more political questions about why is the state doing this and not that, etc... And that'll be the last time they participate.
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Re: Reunited, and it feels so good

Postby polishfly » May Thu 30, 2019 8:00 am

This is really cool Mike! Keith (rigmewacky) caught the same exact pike in a 100 yard stretch of the DPR a few years back, it was easy to tell with a specific pattern around one of its fins. It would be so cool to see where these fish roam throughout their lives like they track great whites.
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