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Marky2002S



Joined: 22 Jul 2013
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Location: Middlebury, CT

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:11 pm    Post subject: Weird Catches Reply with quote

I noticed there wasn't a thread for weird catches in lakes so figured I would go ahead and create one. A few years ago on lake Quassapaug in Middlebury I caught a mussel on a spinner bait, closed the shell right on my hook, the strangest thing I ever caught by far. More recently I caught a massive snapping turtle on bloody catfish dough and it broke my snap swivel, the rod snapped back in my face and cracked my sunglasses. Dragging that thing in was brutal, I thought I had snagged a branch after a catfish picked up and dropped my bait. Nope, a turtle ate the bate and hooked himself in the side of his mouth. He was hissing and quite angry, I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous. Please share your stories and photos of weird catches while lake fishing. Thanks!
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NorthEastFisherman



Joined: 27 May 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've caught crabs, freshwater mussels, and almost hooked a few birds but my "weirdest" which isn't really weird just pretty lucky is I caught a real nice anchor once with my own anchor. I've also snagged some line and pulled in some lures. I guess I am more lucky than weird!
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Michael



Joined: 28 Jan 2012
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Location: Bridgeport

PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've caught snapping turtles and painter turtles while going for catfish.

I once caught a crayfish on a small Rapala.
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Cd662



Joined: 03 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snagged a Fenwick rod with an old Mitchel reel, still spooled up with a jighead and a soft plastic on the decaying hook. Also, snagged a bluecrab with a lure at Penfield Reef, Mike saw that one. Very strange.
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bowhunter095



Joined: 20 Jan 2011
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Location: Berlin, CT

PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was ice fishing at Gardner Lake one time and set a shiner on a tip up right at the bottom. When I went to go put a fresh on a while late I felt some weight on the end of the line. Turned out to be some kind of old fishing rod.
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Wanna Fish



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was fishing Bantam this past week with a Top Water Spook. I rigged it with weed less trebles and tossed it over the Lilly Pads. Seagulls swooped down on it so much I changed lures. They were actually diving into the water on it.
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avidangler



Joined: 08 Jan 2013
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wanna Fish wrote:
I was fishing Bantam this past week with a Top Water Spook. I rigged it with weed less trebles and tossed it over the Lilly Pads. Seagulls swooped down on it so much I changed lures. They were actually diving into the water on it.


Had that happen last summer in Pattagansett bay.Talk about a pain to remove the spook.I reeled it in and all his friends came over and started dive bombing me as he squalked.It almost happened twice.
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clinteastwood



Joined: 29 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I caught a seagull once in the ocean on a topwater. He bit the crap out of me and crapped all over me while I was trying to unhook him. I got him free and let him go. No grattitude I can tell ya.
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AfternoonFisher



Joined: 17 Feb 2012
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Location: Torrington, CT

PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:54 pm    Post subject: crayfish Reply with quote

caught a number of crayfish on a Berkley trout worm. I knew something was strange, but felt weight on the line. I never set the hook and slowly dragged it in, with the crayfish just hanging on. I was able to repeat the process and catch 3 or 4 this way.
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RivetSmasher



Joined: 05 May 2013
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I caught a large snail in Lake McDonough today.
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Zaxx



Joined: 15 Jul 2015
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Location: Tolland County

PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my first fishing memories was fishing for striped bass down in Mystic and the only thing I ended up hauling in was a horseshoe crab.
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PECo



Joined: 06 Oct 2009
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Location: Avon, CT

PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last Thursday, I finally caught my first ever turtle at Winchester. The snapper bit my wacky rig and I hooked it right in the center of its upper lip. I pulled it up from the bottom in five feet of water on 10 pound test P-Line Fluoroclear. Thanks to NWDarkcloud (aka Bob) for netting it and then taking some photographs. Yes, it was NOT happy about getting caught!

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doctorjay1970



Joined: 29 Apr 2015
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Location: Seymour

PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've caught a huge snapping turtle at Fountain Lake and a small box turtle at Mixville Pond. Everybody's got to eat.
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Michael



Joined: 28 Jan 2012
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Location: Bridgeport

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've caught a few freshwater clams while letting worms and mealies sit on the bottom.

Last year during the late summer/early fall snapper run is when I caught a northern sennet.
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Pauleye



Joined: 03 Jan 2008
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:42 am    Post subject: Weird Catch Reply with quote

Jack Crevalle (small) at Millstone Discharge
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