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  • Longnosegar
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    Yes, Yes I have! On July 25th 1999 I set a new record in New York for the Longnose Gar. 13#3, a little over 4 feet. I been working on a second state record ever since. Not much luck on another record but I do so enjoy trying. I really want a record catfish. I understand two records will give me the right to brag until your ears bleed.
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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    I caught what would have been an Alabama state record Chinook Salmon had it not been caught in British Columbia.

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  • country road
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    Back in 1979, a few of us charter captains had been reading about the new ways of catching broadbill swordfish on the east coast and we decided to try it in the Gulf of Mexico off Orange Beach, AL. Four of us went out on the fastest sportsfisherman (45') to 2,000' depth and put down big squid with light stick at varying depths. To make a long story short, we caught three that night, with mine the biggest at 133#. It held the state record for a few months before being knocked off. State record because it was the first one brought in to an AL port caught on sporting tackle.

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  • Henry
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    Originally posted by Henry View Post
    Not yet, but maybe someday.
    Just think of it as a state record in the making.

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  • MattM37
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    Originally posted by SSSoutdoorsman View Post
    I was seven years old, fishing from the dock with my brother. We had caught several small sunfish, and a few medium bass, but nothing spectacular. While watching my worm wiggle on the hook, I saw a shadow dart under the dock. I dropped my bobber into the water, gave it a twitch, and waited. Within a minute, I saw the snout of a fish approaching my hook. I lifted the bait an inch or so, and before my eyes, a gaping maw consumed my hook. I yanked the rod, and the fish rolled, but didn’t fight. With great effort (not really), I lipped him underwater, and pulled him out for the world to see. What a sight. This thing was so old it was gray, and had wrinkles! It wasn’t heavy (4lbs) but it was 23.5” long. By far my biggest bass. And in the picture, it dwarfs my 7yo self.

    As for records? Nope, none yet, but I have lots of memorable "big" fish. They are mostly memorable due to the circumstances surrounding their catch, though, not the fish itself. I remember one time... Just kidding, maybe another day-it's time for me to get some shut-eye.
    Great photo, thanks for including it.

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  • Henry
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    Originally posted by SSSoutdoorsman View Post
    I was seven years old, fishing from the dock with my brother. We had caught several small sunfish, and a few medium bass, but nothing spectacular. While watching my worm wiggle on the hook, I saw a shadow dart under the dock. I dropped my bobber into the water, gave it a twitch, and waited. Within a minute, I saw the snout of a fish approaching my hook. I lifted the bait an inch or so, and before my eyes, a gaping maw consumed my hook. I yanked the rod, and the fish rolled, but didn’t fight. With great effort (not really), I lipped him underwater, and pulled him out for the world to see. What a sight. This thing was so old it was gray, and had wrinkles! It wasn’t heavy (4lbs) but it was 23.5” long. By far my biggest bass. And in the picture, it dwarfs my 7yo self.

    As for records? Nope, none yet, but I have lots of memorable "big" fish. They are mostly memorable due to the circumstances surrounding their catch, though, not the fish itself. I remember one time... Just kidding, maybe another day-it's time for me to get some shut-eye.
    Wow! He looks to be more than four pounds, but I may not be the best judge.

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  • SSSoutdoorsman
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    I was seven years old, fishing from the dock with my brother. We had caught several small sunfish, and a few medium bass, but nothing spectacular. While watching my worm wiggle on the hook, I saw a shadow dart under the dock. I dropped my bobber into the water, gave it a twitch, and waited. Within a minute, I saw the snout of a fish approaching my hook. I lifted the bait an inch or so, and before my eyes, a gaping maw consumed my hook. I yanked the rod, and the fish rolled, but didn’t fight. With great effort (not really), I lipped him underwater, and pulled him out for the world to see. What a sight. This thing was so old it was gray, and had wrinkles! It wasn’t heavy (4lbs) but it was 23.5” long. By far my biggest bass. And in the picture, it dwarfs my 7yo self.

    As for records? Nope, none yet, but I have lots of memorable "big" fish. They are mostly memorable due to the circumstances surrounding their catch, though, not the fish itself. I remember one time... Just kidding, maybe another day-it's time for me to get some shut-eye.
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  • Dougfir
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    I caught a really big White Perch in lake Champlain, once. I've always been curious about that one...

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  • dewman
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    I've caught several memorable fish but no, none that challenged any record. Have had a great time trying anyway.

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  • DakotaMan
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    Oh... I forgot a world record that I was close to. My buddy nailed what was likely a world record Northern Pike from a canoe. We had to beat 42 pound 8 ounces and his did that for sure.

    We were fishing northern Manitoba for world record northerns. We caught hundreds of really big fish. He had been yelling "Get the gaff, this is a world record!" every hour for three days but none of them came within 5 pounds of the record. I was getting tired of him crying wolf.

    On about our third day, he shouted out again but I had a really nice fish on myself. I was holding my rod tip high, playing my 30 pound northern in my left had and held the gaff in my right. I told him I was going to gaff this one and he better eat the whole fisht before it rotted because we had no refrigeration.

    As the fish slid out from under the canoe, I gaffed it under the gills and lifted it. It was way bigger than I expected so I stood up in the canoe and tried to throw it in the canoe. I had its head five feet above the water but its tail was still well below the water line and it went ape. It started flapping and spinning and the canoe started to tip. I went down on my back to keep the canoe upright and the fish flopped over me and out the other side of the canoe. It was a BIG fish alright and easily went over 50 pounds. I released the gaff to keep the canoe upright and to save my rod. The fish ran and porpoised for 200 yards and finally threw the gaff at about 250 yards. It finally spooled my friend. The snapping line sounded like a 12 gauge going off and yes, I would say I was close to a world record on that one. Close enough to have fish slime from my feet to my chin. Probably not one of my best gaffing efforts but it should teach us all about the risks of crying "wolf".

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  • DakotaMan
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    I caught a state record King salmon in Wisconsin back in the 70's. They were having a big tournament and had a weigh station so I stopped by and had it weighed just to check the size. The poor guy leading the 2000 boat tournament just turned white and sat down before he fainted. My fish was 15 pounds heavier than his fish.

    Since I got tired of waiting in the registration line at 4:00 AM, I wasn't in the tournament and he won a boat/motor and pick up truck. The sponsors of the tournament gave me a trolling motor as a remembrance anyway. I never registered it but I do have a picture of it.

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  • Pmacc60
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    Originally posted by Henry View Post
    Not yet, but maybe someday.
    Henry you must be strong to hold that fish with one hand like that.

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  • MattM37
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    Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
    Ohio has 'Fish Ohio' awards for large fish but not record. For walleye it is 10lbs and I have caught, and released several of them.
    NY has something like that, too. Angler Achievement Awards, I think they call them. I will have to look up the guidelines.

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  • MattM37
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    Originally posted by Henry View Post
    Not yet, but maybe someday.
    Don't even want to think about the taxidermy bill on that one!

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  • Henry
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    Not yet, but maybe someday.
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