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A reminder to check all gear before you start casting

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Fished lake newal today. On my second cast using a modified clouser minnow, I hooked up with a 30” pike.tough fight on my 6 weight but I got him.i don’t usualy net any fish I catch, preferring to never take from the water durring release. But I found a 5 of diamonds lure stuck in him up near his dorsal fin.i removed it and released him, wound wasn’t to bad so he should survive, it looked like it was a fresh wound. What I did find was rusted out hooks and connections rings.the ring to the leader had broken.pls anyone fishing junk or fly check all gear for rust ect. Before fishing. If I hadn’t removed that hook I’m sure he would have died as the hooks hadn’t been debarred and newal is a catch and release trophy fishery.

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My wife’s junk chucking kit gained a lure at least.

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52 minutes ago, WayneM said:

If I hadn’t removed that hook I’m sure he would have died as the hooks hadn’t been debarred and newal is a catch and release trophy fishery.

I was doing a fish salvage and found a pike that was alive and very healthy, and was entirely missing its tail fin. It had compensated by using more of its body to swim.. They're hardy as all hell..

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They sure are. With the large wound he had he fought hard.

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No need that i can see for barbs not pinched on trebles, especially on a C&R lake.

Is it me or do so few seem to care. 

I see youve caught the flyfishing bug. Nice to see you over here Wayne. 

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I’ve had the fishing bug for years. I’ve just fallen in love with the more refined art of fly fishing. I’m a trader to the junk checker comunity Lol.

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8 hours ago, WayneM said:

I’ve had the fishing bug for years. I’ve just fallen in love with the more refined art of fly fishing. I’m a trader to the junk checker comunity Lol.

Welcome to the dark side Luke.

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11 hours ago, WayneM said:

I’ve had the fishing bug for years. I’ve just fallen in love with the more refined art of fly fishing. I’m a trader to the junk checker comunity Lol.

You will have to get something like a 14 wt. or so for those Dinos in the river now. 

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I don’t usually fish the bow. I’ve only fished it 2 times in 32 years. I mostly do creeks and the lakes around me.

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