Today started off as any other ordinary November day. Meaning, it was super cold (I had 3-5 layers on, and was still freezing!!!) And we were twiddling our thumbs trolling, hoping for a fish. In all honesty I expected to catch a fish today, I was thinking about a nice 42” musky on my new favorite lure. I received what may be the best gift ever this week. A very close friend was amazing enough to have a Believer custom painted in NY State Trooper colors for me. It is called the “Super Trooper” and it is a gorgeous lure. Now if anyone has read my previous posts you will know that my Dad just didn’t “get” fishing. He must have told me 100 times that he didn’t “get” fishing. He simply could not understand why I would spend hours fishing to let the fish go. In his next breath he would tell me how he showed my fish picture to all the guys he knew who fished. He was so proud of my fish even if he didn’t understand why I did it. Sooooo….. back to today. Scott and I pounded the heck out of UN 4 running a 3 lure spread. Finally Scott declared that he was throwing a 4th lure out and it was mine (as it was on my side.) So he threw a 13” Grandma out on my side. As we were discussing the possibility of my 47” being knocked out of the top 10, my outside rod (the Grandma) went screaming! After a short, and brutal fight (on my part, boy that fish was strong!) I landed what is my biggest Musky to date (and my 1st 50!!!!!) A gorgeous, and often lazy (I think, just look at her belly from lazing on the bottom!) 52”!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have never been so calm during the release process, I even yelled at Scott to calm down. While I held the fish I seriously thought I may be in danger of going into cardiac arrest. My heart was going a million miles an hour. After we released the fish I was a sloppy slobbering mess. The first thing I said to Scott was “we need to go, can we go home now?” What?!?! Who thinks like that? ME!!! I was so silly, psycho, happy, crazy, happy, can’t believe it!!!!! I owe a lot to a lot of people who made that fish happen, see one of Scott’s articles on the million things that have to happen to catch a fish, let alone THE fish. I will just start with my P.I.T.A. boss who switched my schedule at the last minute so I would have off today. (Which I was previously mad about, lol!) To myself, who wanted to go back to bed today, but as Scott so eloquently put it “you have all winter to sleep.” To Scott who decided to throw another lure out for me. And also to me for choosing to go all the way down to the bridge and back instead of just going back upstream. Sometimes it is definitely better to be lucky than good. Here she is!!!!!
Congratulations on a well earned beauty!
Thank you so much!!!!
Members past and present talk to me on the water all the time, and I'm not talking about cell phone calls here either. Here's the reason behind the 13" Grandma. I asked myself, what would John Henning do in this water clarity, and what would Tom Page pull? John caught a slew of fish on orange tiger in crummy water clarity in the lower, and Tom Page has fallen in love with big Grandmas. Easy decision, and Carrie really took care of the rest. She fought the fish absolutely brilliantly, and was much calmer than I was during the whole process. I knew from the rip whatever had hit the Grandma was really big. It was a slow, steady rip and the 9-foot extra heavy broomstick was buckled. When a rod with a big lure on it goes, who isn't thinking "big". The fish stayed down until it was just about under the boat. As soon as the fish was in range, Carrie backed up and guided her special lady friend into the net perfectly. I'm pretty good at remembering fish caught by our members from over the years, and I believe Carrie's 52" is the largest fish ever caught by one of our female members, which is really cool and really excellent company to be in. I know in the late 90's Jennifer Beyer caught a 50" coming out of the canal, Lori Mundier popped a 50", and Beth MacSwan popped a high forty incher around the same time.
Wow! What a day! Back at it tomorrow as the two-thirds of the Three Stooges ride again. I can't wait!
Carrie...Congratulations!!! that's one nice fish and an even nicer story. Some days everything just falls into place and it looks like that day was one of those days. For what you went thru, a well-deserved fish.
Very nice fish Carrie. You and Scott paid extra dues being out on a day like that but it paid off in a BIG way. I'd have to say that it is among the top 10 caught in the river in recent years. I'm envious! That has been a productive area many times for me in the past. I t looks like from the photo, you were right in front of the CFC.
Steve, just upstream.
Congrats x 100
Congrat's on the first of many 50 inchers Carrie!