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2006 paddlefish report
« on: June 07, 2006, 02:32:59 PM »
Well it WAS "OUR YEAR"!! Sort of.
 There was plenty of water this year the river had risen two feet on Friday. It RAINED all day Saturday witch needles to say Sucked!! Mud everywhere, when we got there Saturday evening (after 6:00) the campground was filled to capacity, even the overflow loop. We swung down the ramp and were looking around trying to think of some place to camp when some people decided to leave and go home. They asked if we wanted there spot (It was in the "Floaters only" camp spots and we gladly said yes!!! So we carried "ALL" our stuff in and helped them take all there stuff to there rig so the spot was never empty, we saw ten or twelve other people looking for a spot. All the other campgrounds were full too, Slippery Ann, rock creek, and some that were camped along side of the Mud ( Road) .There was over a 1000 people camped in the area ( according to the B.L.M. ranger). Any way we got our camp set up and we put my "BIG" tarp over our every thing, made a fast diner then went fishing. The fishing wasn't very good we got some small cats and a bunch of bull heads and a carp and a drum. Sunday morning started out much better the sun tried to peak through the clouds ant the rain changed to just a light drizzle and a mist. We put in the boat ant took off! We ran down past "Turkey Joe"(33 miles) looking for a spot to try, People, after people, boat after boat. We stopped and came back up to the" Swirly hole" only 25 miles down from the ramp. We kind of butted in and parked the boat in between two more. There were eight boats in the hole, with us. The guy behind us got two 90 pounderís on Saturday, the boat in front of us had three 40 lbser's tied up they got just be for we got there. We started to snag as you know a person can only keep up the snagging thing for around a half hour then you HAVE to rest, we would fish. Same thing there as buy the ramp small bull heads and some small cats. After a few rotations Jamie casually said " I've got one" , I looked over to see him straining with ALL his mite to hang on to the pole and stay "IN" the boat CRAP!!! I dropped my pole ran up to the front , pulled the anchor, jumped back in and started the boat , off we went after his fish. We went around a half a mile and I stopped the motor and tried to help him, He was fading fast. We had the fish right along side the boat so I tried to grab it, I reached down and grab its tale "CRAP" till that minuet I hadn't seen the fish A MONSTER!!! I tried with ALL my mite to lift "HER" in to the boat No luck I did get it up to her gill plate WOW this fish was over five feet long way over a 100 lbs. Being so preoccupied and not watching where we were drifting, I looked up to see if Jamie could give me a hand and saw we were in a collision course with a smaller boat tied up to the bank, Bummer!!. I let go of the fish ran to the helm started the motor and hit the gas in the nick of time. The people in the small boat were "GLAD" to be hit only by our Jet blast (A very close call!!). BUT when I let go she got some slack and took off, hit the end of the line and was GONE!! BUMMER!!
 We went back to our parking spot (Swirly hole) fish some more told our story to every one and we never got "Hooked upped again". Jamie did brake off two more times but never that close again. I never hit a fish!! All and all we had a Great (Wet) time!!
 
 
 Paddlefish less DALE†
 

Well that was the first trip since then I went back and this is what I got



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Re: 2006 paddlefish report
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2006, 04:48:27 PM »
That's a nice lookin fish ya got there. I have been hoping to get out for some paddlefish snagging every year for the last few years, but have never been able to make it happen. I've said it once, and I'll say it again... "Maybe next year..." :roll:
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Re: 2006 paddlefish report
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2006, 06:03:22 PM »
very nice. did he give your hand back ?
they say i'm not that smart for a redneck ( old dixie land old dixie land how i love my dixie land )

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Re: 2006 paddlefish report
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2006, 09:30:39 PM »
very nice. did he give your hand back ?

Yes thanks for asking O0
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Re: 2006 paddlefish report
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2006, 08:22:47 AM »
 NICE TO KNOW :). HOW DO YOU FISH FOR THEM & CAN YOU BOWFISH FOR THEM?
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Re: 2006 paddlefish report
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2006, 06:28:56 PM »
NICE TO KNOW :). HOW DO YOU FISH FOR THEM & CAN YOU BOWFISH FOR THEM?

 No bow hunting for Paddle bogs in MT you can only snag them with a pole and line.( A BIG POLE AND BIG LINE)
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Re: 2006 paddlefish report
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2006, 06:57:57 PM »
NICE TO KNOW :). HOW DO YOU FISH FOR THEM & CAN YOU BOWFISH FOR THEM?

 No bow hunting for Paddle bogs in MT you can only snag them with a pole and line.( A BIG POLE AND BIG LINE)
i bet , you said snag them, do they hit any type of bait's.
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Re: 2006 paddlefish report
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2006, 01:40:19 AM »
I have only read of a single instance where somebody caught a paddlefish on a bait while fishing for something else. I believe it was a crankbait and I'll bet he just snagged it by chance. Still it set a record. As I understand it, snagging a spoonbill is just what it sounds like. Cast a weighted treble hook into the water, reel in your line, and hope you get a snag. One of the few times in life where you WANT to snag your line. ;D
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Re: 2006 paddlefish report
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2006, 10:06:10 AM »
D45, that was on heck of a trip!  :shock: You did the right thing, though. What you did is much better than a boat collision! My largest spoonbill was a 40 pounder on light gear.  You folks grow them big in your area!  :shock:  O0
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Re: 2006 paddlefish report
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2006, 06:44:02 PM »
D45, that was on heck of a trip!† :shock: You did the right thing, though. What you did is much better than a boat collision! My largest spoonbill was a 40 pounder on light gear.† You folks grow them big in your area!† :shock:O0

The state record is #149  :'( O0
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