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Expensive Lesson Learned

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pt0093,
Sorry to hear your lost. I too have had that happen and more then once. Yes either always have a hand on the rod or a very good rod holder. Did you get a good look at what it might have been? But that spot can produce anything that swims in the river. The Mississippi Point Park on the other side can be good too.

Good luck

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If I have to guess what fish it was, I would have to say it looked like a bass.....

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Those smallies are strong. What kinda of setup are we talking about? I'll try to keep on eye out for a smallie with your rig swimming around.

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The setup was very basic. Red hook with a jumbo leech and a slip bobber and some weights. Nothing special. I didn't expect to get hit, since nothing was hitting the first half an hour at the other spot.

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Today was raining, but when I went out it wasn't. I went to the peninsula point park again. As I was fishing, rain started falling. I was using leeches. Nothing was biting for half an hour so I moved to the dock. Casted it out once, nothing. Casted it out again, lost my bait while I was casting. So I hook a new jumbo leech on the hook and casted out again. I watched it slowly drifted witht the water. So I set my rod down and turned around to put my stuff together. When I turned back. I still saw my bobber. Then split second later, it went down and then my rod went flying into the river. I couldn't believe my eyes. A second later a fish jumped up where my bobber was at. It all happened so quickly! I should have jumped in to the river even though it was cold. All I did was stood there with disbelieve. The fish was rather big from what at a distance when it jumped up. I waited for a while hoping that the bobber would flow up but nothing. I waited in the heavy rain for 20 minutes. Still nothing. So I packed up my stuff and went home. Now that I think back, I should have jumped in without hesistation. If it happend again, I would no doubt jump in without any second thought.

Lesson is, keep at least one hand on the rod... Also, fish can be rather strong. frown.gif

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A carp got me one night, but I did get the rod back. Long story, but a cool one.

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Sorry to hear about the loss. I have a somewhat similar story, but fun ending. Mine didn't include lossing my rod, but one afternoon I was fishing on Lake Harriet using a stick bobber and a minnow I hooked into a nice bass and when i set the hook, my line snapped right at the bobber! I reeled in my line and I could see the bobber moving out deeper and deeper, coming to the surface and disappearing again and again. I picked up my other rod which has a spinnerbait on it, casted out and after about 15 minutes I has snagged my other line and oh so carefully began to reel in... I pulled up the line and it was a nice 17inch largemouth. I felt bad for wearing it out, but at least I got my bobber back and was able to unhook him.

Again, sorry to hear about the rod. You should hear Ebass' story... wink.gif

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I know exactly how you feel. The other day i had a carp on about 20 or so pounds when i slipped in the mud that was on the culvert i was fishing and out slipped the rod and into the murky water of the minnesota river. you go from having a smile to a frown pretty **** fast.

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My sister, husband and two daughters wanted to try their hand and their new fishing rods in a water close to home. I told them to "Com mon down" we can fish the river by the 694 bridge.

I figured I could get the girls into a Catfish, Carp, or some other type of rough fish...they could have some fun hauling them in! Their folks would be happy, making the kids happy and unc would be the big time guide! Everybody would be happy!

I got everyone set up on forked sticks, giving all this sage advice, being the wise fishing uncle! My niece and I took our eyes off the rod for a nano second and just like that, it was air borne! Whatever hit that nightcrawler, must have been traveling at a great rate of speed, because that rod looked like a javaline, sailing through the air and out into the river! I bet that sucker went 10 yards before it splashed into the drink!

Everyone just stood their with their jaw dropped, looking at one another and looking at uncs red face. The neice started to cry because her new rod was gone, the folks did'nt look to happy and in the commotion, the second niece stepped on her new rod and broke it! Needless to say, we folded our tent and ended our fishing trip on a sour note. Unc got them both new rigs, but I don't think they were to interested in going fishing with me anymore!

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Hey Grebe, Not unheard of, I live on the Miss. up around Clearwater and do a lot of shore fishing with the kids. We have learned to wedge the bottom of the rod in a tree stump or between braches or something from experience. once a year or so one of the drags will just start screaming line out with no warning. Its allways been medium sized carp in the current.
As for the kids dont feel bad, it was better than not going out fishing at all. and you know everyone will look back and laugh about it for years to come.

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Ironcowboy....I don't feel bad about it anymore, I should have mentioned that this happened many years ago and yes, the girls do mention it once in awhile with a snicker.

The up side is that the one that lost her rod to the river, is the one that likes to fish now and then..her and her husband have a cabin on Lake waverly.

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