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Off Season Fun!!!!!

What are some of the things you guys do in the off season to have fun. I am talking about things that don't have anything to do with whitetails or your weapon of choice. I would say my most favorite off season thing to do is fishing then attending sporting events. On a recent fishing trip I caught the biggest fish of my life and then my grandson caught his first fish. The fish I caught was a huge catfish. It was like 32 inches long and weighed 30 pounds. I was using 12 pound test and it was a colossal 15 minutes battle. I didn't realize the muscles it takes to reel in a large fish. My arms were burning. My grandson caught his first fish ever. It was a largemouth bass. Here are a couple pics

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Honestly the only other thing

Honestly the only other thing I do besides hunting or shooting is go fishing. Even though I live in some of the best ski country in the nation I have never even tried it. They say golfing is fun but I have no extra money or time left for something like that. All my time and money is either spent on hunting or fishing and the equipment for it.

Here's a picture of my biggest fish ever from 2 months ago.

Oregon sturgeon around 200 pounds.

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Same here. If i am not

Same here. If i am not hunting Iam fishing its just what I like to do. Thats a huge sturgeon. Bet it took a long time to reel that one in.

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How long did it take to bring

How long did it take to bring that sturgeon in? What kind of rig were you using and what pound test. That's a pretty cool looking fish. Congratulations!!!!! 

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I took about 45 minutes to

I took about 45 minutes to bring this one and two others similar in size to the boat. My dad caught one closer to 9 foot and should have been around 300 pounds that took right at an hour. You can't take them out of the water at all so it is a little bit of an estimate. I'm not sure of the actual tackle as it belonged to the guide but I do know it was 80lb braid for the line.

We were not able to pull the line off the reel ourselves but the fish was able to take nearly 100 yards in one run every time he took off.

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That sounds pretty fun!!!!!

That sounds pretty fun!!!!!

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Very nice!

I don't do much fishing.  I spend my non-shooting time reloading or gardening pretty much if not cutting firewood etc.  But they do look tatsy!  Congrats on the big catch

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That's a great looking

That's a great looking catfish MOF!  Did you get him in the big river, or somewhere else?  We caught some good ones over there.

We also like to fish out here.  Big ocean, plus lots of stocked lakes to fish for trout.  Plus, there really isn't that much of a down season here.  Duck stops January 31, and turkey starts mid-March.  After that closes in mid-May, you have 2 months till some of the zones open for archery deer the first week of July.

Not to mention pigs, which are open year round.

 

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I caught it in some back

I caught it in some back waters of the Tuscarawas River. Right here in Tuscarawas where I live. There are some monster cats around here. I have seen some guys catching 40-50 pounders.

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