"Get Hooked on New York"

Biggest Catch of the Year; 185 lb. Jewfish. Details
Name:Biggest Catch of the Year; 185 lb. Jewfish.
Created By:jessekayboston
Details:So my friend Pete and I started out at Spy Pond with Senkos. We each hooked one, 12 inches, and 15 inches respectively. No more takes after a while, so we decided to switch it up.

I tied on a Zara Spook, full size. I cast it out once and start walking the dog. He's tying on a KVD 1.5 in bluegill color. The second cast out, I really whip it, and Pete, unfortunately, was kneeling right behind me.


I look behind me. My line is snapped and the Zara Spook is dangling from his face. I'm horrified, but I mask it. Two of the hooks on the rear treble are deeply embedded into his ear. The middle treble is dangling very close to his eye. I told him to stay kneeling and pulled. The barbs were deep, it would not budge and it became apparent that if I pulled anymore, his whole ear might come off. I used my knife to unscrew the two screws holding the treble that was embedded in his cartilage. Right before it came off, I told him to smile and took a snapshot. He was being a real champ.

Got the lure off, and rushed him to the ER. The shock wore off and he started feeling a ton of pain. The doctor finally came to see him and used a sterilized nail cutter and pliers to cut the exposed hooks, then push the barbs entirely through his ear.

I went to JFK Library to try to try my luck at blues. They were definitely biting, but I lost my line twice to a couple of absolutely massive hits (mind you, I have 80 lb braid). A guy was using his last piece of bait on his dinky little 20 lb test rod and hooked up with a massive fish. The fish took the bait so hard that it left the line on his reel looking like steel wool. I ran over to help him. He held the rod while I untangled all of it which took about ten full minutes. The fish remained on miraculously and we pulled it in after I got all the tangles and knots out. 36 inches.

All in all, a horrendous day, but hopefully my fish karma is straight...
Location:Spy Pond, Arlington, MA
# of Hotspots:1
Hotspot Details: 1. 185 lb. Jewfish Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:1
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Other (Freshwater)
Fish Length (Avg):70 inches
Fish Length (Max):70 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):185 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):185 lbs. 0 oz.
Bait Type:Topwater Bait
Bait Details:Zara Spook.
Location Details:Don't try casting off that dock with two people.
# of Photos:3
# of Fish Caught:1
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Last review was on 09/30/11 10:42 AM by rlstates

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Date Updated:09/28/11 03:07 AM
Date Created:09/28/11 03:07 AM

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