Last year, I was sitting down at the river, fishing for some catfish, which had been growing to gigantic sizes at that time. I had just sat down, and I took a quick check on my mini tackle box (for when I pond fish. I decided to pack lighter that day, so I loaded it up with Circle hooks, weights, ect.)and casted my bait caster out to the middle of the river, where the current led all the fish into. After I had let my bait settle to the bottom, I clipped a bell onto my braided line, and sat down to read a nice book. After about 15 minutes, I looked at my bell only to see that it wasn’t set on the line properly (I had accidently put it onto my guide) and I reset it. I was about to sit back down when the bell started going off like crazy! I picked up my combo and start reeling in my catch. After I had start reeling it, the line went taut (and my spirits dropped). I reeled it in just a bit and there my line went, the line was squealing off of my reel, and my drag was nearing full. The fish was winning the fight. I gave another adjustment to the drag, and started cranking. I finally had the advantage, and I could feel the fish nearing the surface, I only had a few feet to go. The fish had given up when I got it to the surface. This fish was a monster, way over 10 pounds, and I started to lift him out of the water and then, “SNAP!” My Fishing line was gone. I was so despaired. I went home and thought about what I could have done different, and I thought only one thing. It was, “Next time, bring a net.” So remember fishermen, new and old, always bring a net along, so that that, ‘Monster Fish’, doesn’t become, ‘The One that got away’, like mine did.
Submitted By: Kai S.
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