First time out this year with Coyote (first ballot WCF hall of famer if that were a thing).
I get a text while I am waiting at the launch that he does not have a net.
Not a big deal because how often do you really need a net anyway?
The day was nearly a wash because it poured all night and both of us had to travel through washed out roads in order to get to lake Geneva.
I am glad we stuck it out because here is the story of probably the coolest catch of my life.
I have my old bass baitcaster (revo bought from a fellow wcfers years ago) with 20 lb test braid and 30lb leader in case I run into a pike.
The reel was brought back out of retirement temporarily due to huge backlash on my new revo.
I cast one of my homemade chatterbaits that I posted about several years ago right over the top of rare Lake Geneva weed patch.
The bait get completely stopped and I announce that I have a good one on.
After another 20 seconds a splash at the surface gives us a good look at it and I think it is a musky.
It makes a run away from boat.
I start getting it back towards the boat and it completely launches itself out of the water.
The fact that I survived a jump and the fish is still on gives me some confidence that it is hooked pretty good.
Now we have to figure out how to get it in the boat without a net.
I get it close to the boat and then it makes another run.
I get it close enough to net a couple more time and coyote tries to hand land the beast without success.
The fight has been going on for about 5 minutes now and she is starting to tire.
I get it in close one more time and hand the pole to coyote to keep the pressure on and I am able to get a death grip on her thick neck.
It is a miracle that I am able to get her into the boat.
She taped out at 38" and amazing that I have been to Canada fishing about 8 times including one of premier musky lakes in the world and I get my PB so close to home.
She was very thick for her head size and may be a giant some day.
We got a quick snap and she takes a little bit to revive from the long fight but swims away strong.
Thanx coyote for getting me out and putting me on the fish, I hope our schedules line up to get out again soon.
Aux, you keep stocking em and I will keep catching em.
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