Catch date:7/31/2015 8:22:00 AM

Story date:7/31/2015 5:22:00 PM

Location:Fort Howard MD

Species:Skunked

I went looking for some larger white perch today for my smoker. I was thinking the larger fish would be deeper, so I broke out some heavy blade baits and started working 7 to 14 feet of water.

I was getting a lot of hits on my blade, but it's pretty large and nothing was sticking. I started wishing for bigger fish. Do you know that old adage, about being careful about what you wish for?

I'm perch fishing with 7' ML rod , 2500 series reel, 15 pound braid and a 10' Flouro leader; I should be good even with those 15lb cats that like messing with me.

I thought I had snagged a log, and then it started spooling me. I've been here before, it's a big ray but I want my lure back. I play it, let it tire and start working it close to the boat.

When it got it in close, I realized something wasn't right. Where's it's tail? Time to grab the net. When I finally got visual, I was looking at a large black drum that was way too large for my net.

While trying to think of plan B, I brought the fish to close to the surface and as soon as he broke water, my leader snapped. I wish I had a photo because I know locals are going to doubt this fish story :)

Jimmy

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About Jimmy
1974 Starcraft Supersport
Brand:
Starcraft
Description:
My fishing boat Litttle Blue is a 1974 Starcraft Supersport. She is well past her prime but here's a photo of one in great shape.
Tarpon 10
Brand:
Wilderness Systems
Description:
My current fishing kayak is a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100. I'm thinking about upgrading to a NuCanoe Frontier or Jackson Coosa.
Swimming Mullet
Brand:
Gulp
Color:
White
Description:
Gulp Swimming Mullets are my goto bait for most situations.
Rattletrap
Description:
Heavier Rattletraps are still one of my favorite lures for stripers.
Jitterbug
Color:
Green with Black Spots
Description:
I've been throwing Jitterbugs for Bass since the 1970's and don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
Tierra 1500
Brand:
Daiwa
Description:
The Team Daiwa Tierra 1500 reel is one of my favorites, I've got 4 or 5 of them at this point. Too bad they've been discontinued.
Description:
My primary target is Striped Bass in the 20 - 24 inch range. Here's a big one I caught one trophy season on the Chesapeake
Description:
The Daiwa Procyon 1500 with a 6:1 gear ratio is my go to reel for pulling crank baits in fast moving water.
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