What's Your Most Unusual Catch

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Fishing a lake in Kissimmee in the States along with my Brother-in-Law using chunks of Hot Dog Sausage to catch all manner of fish we were having a great time when suddenly I hit into something really heavy. This thing just hugged the bottom and it was difficult to gain line as it took off in one direction, and then another; but slowly I got it coming towards me until at last I had it in shallow water and could see what looked like a large Terrapin digging it's front feet into the mud making it very difficult to bring in, give it any slack line and it was off again. Finally, I managed to get it in landing net range and my Brother-in-Law netted it for me.

I had just lifted it out of the landing net and was about to unhook it with my fingers when a young Latino local lad came running down the bank shouting "NO! NO! NO! Wait!", and I'm glad I did. When he came up to us he told us that it was a Snapping Turtle and that it would have had my finger off if I tried to unhook it by hand. And he wasn't wrong, as I went to remove the hook with a pair of forceps this thing, like lightening, shot it's head forward and grabbed hold of them with a vice like bite - I could actually hold the turtle off the ground, it's grip was that strong.

We cut the line in the end and I held onto it by it's sides until it finally let go of the forceps whence I put it on the ground, photographed it and let it go.

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So what's your most unusual catch?
 

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I once caught a little terrapin in a lake down in Kent, on the pole on double maggot 😂
 

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Fishing a lake in Kissimmee in the States along with my Brother-in-Law using chunks of Hot Dog Sausage to catch all manner of fish we were having a great time when suddenly I hit into something really heavy. This thing just hugged the bottom and it was difficult to gain line as it took off in one direction, and then another; but slowly I got it coming towards me until at last I had it in shallow water and could see what looked like a large Terrapin digging it's front feet into the mud making it very difficult to bring in, give it any slack line and it was off again. Finally, I managed to get it in landing net range and my Brother-in-Law netted it for me.

I had just lifted it out of the landing net and was about to unhook it with my fingers when a young Latino local lad came running down the bank shouting "NO! NO! NO! Wait!", and I'm glad I did. When he came up to us he told us that it was a Snapping Turtle and that it would have had my finger off if I tried to unhook it by hand. And he wasn't wrong, as I went to remove the hook with a pair of forceps this thing, like lightening, shot it's head forward and grabbed hold of them with a vice like bite - I could actually hold the turtle off the ground, it's grip was that strong.

We cut the line in the end and I held onto it by it's sides until it finally let go of the forceps whence I put it on the ground, photographed it and let it go.

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So what's your most unusual catch?
I've seen them in Florida, and they would most definitely have your finger off. Very nasty things.
 

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Also had a terrapin in a match. Other lads called it a tortoise and wondered why I was using lettuce for bait. Mouth full of nasty bugs so I kept my fingers well away.
More unusual was when I was fishing a match on the local river. Had a few lads behind me having a natter. Fishing the whip for gudgeon and the float buried. Struck and pulled in Two gudgeon. One hooked fairly, the other lassoed a couple of inches further up. Got plenty of grief from the lads as they walked away in disgust😂
 

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I once caught a little terrapin in a lake down in Kent, on the pole on double maggot 😂
They’re bigger on banded caster Gazza. 🤣🤣

Mitton crab. Tidal Trent was plagued with them last year. May as well take up sea fishing if it gets any worse. 😫😫
 

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Landed a cormorant in Florida once. Have had a few near misses with them going after my hooked fish but this one dived down and took my live bait! Fought well tbf 😅

Have come incredibly close to the same thing happening with pelicans as well with hooked fish.
 

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Freelining lobworms for perch on a rising River Wear at Chester-Le-Street about 20 years ago I caught a flounder, which greatly surprised me at the time, as it is a good few miles upriver from the North Sea !
 

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Fishing a lake in Kissimmee in the States along with my Brother-in-Law using chunks of Hot Dog Sausage to catch all manner of fish we were having a great time when suddenly I hit into something really heavy. This thing just hugged the bottom and it was difficult to gain line as it took off in one direction, and then another; but slowly I got it coming towards me until at last I had it in shallow water and could see what looked like a large Terrapin digging it's front feet into the mud making it very difficult to bring in, give it any slack line and it was off again. Finally, I managed to get it in landing net range and my Brother-in-Law netted it for me.

I had just lifted it out of the landing net and was about to unhook it with my fingers when a young Latino local lad came running down the bank shouting "NO! NO! NO! Wait!", and I'm glad I did. When he came up to us he told us that it was a Snapping Turtle and that it would have had my finger off if I tried to unhook it by hand. And he wasn't wrong, as I went to remove the hook with a pair of forceps this thing, like lightening, shot it's head forward and grabbed hold of them with a vice like bite - I could actually hold the turtle off the ground, it's grip was that strong.

We cut the line in the end and I held onto it by it's sides until it finally let go of the forceps whence I put it on the ground, photographed it and let it go.

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So what's your most unusual catch?
Garfish and gurnard and almost a sun fish in Tenby ,i know the first arent that rare but they were yo me at the time ,on meps spinner
 

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Inanimate objects - sunglasses, catapult, red pepper (legitimately hooked through the stalk).

Fish - first ever fish was a flounder from a Scottish trout stream some way from the sea. Sturgeon (sterlet?) from a small seaside lake in France. Also in France a foulhooked zander while fishing the Method for Skimmers and from a different lake a pumpkinseed fish*. And a bitterling from Decoy's Horseshoe lake.

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It may have been a similar pumpkinseed fish I caught in a lake in Belgium that I was told was called a sunfish. A few of those and some skimmers helped me win that match.
 

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Freelining lobworms for perch on a rising River Wear at Chester-Le-Street about 20 years ago I caught a flounder, which greatly surprised me at the time, as it is a good few miles upriver from the North Sea !
Reminds me of another unusual catch.
Fishing a really tough open on the Beeleigh Canal in Maldon. I picked the float up to mend it and felt a tiny bit of resistance. Lifted the rig out of the water and saw a leaf masking my bloodworm. I vigorously tried to shake it off but it wouldn’t budge so shipped in to pull it off only to find out it was a tiny flounder😂 Turned out to be my only fish.
This venue has a sea lock one end and a weir at the other where the tidal river ends. So it’s not unusual to get the odd flattie.
Luckily I didn’t have any bank walkers behind me this time. The grief and head shaking would have been unbearable😂 It didn’t win me any money.

Had my eyes tested since
 
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Fish;
Lumpsucker, Warkworth Breakwater, Northumberland
Shubunkin of over a pound, R Colne, Uxbridge (had a 5lb Koi from the same swim the next season)

Other wildlife
Housemartin, foulhooked on the cast, R Shannon, Banagher
Guillemots; the ones up here like those Savage Gear Paddletails almost as much as the pollack do.....

Inanimate
Pineapple; R Colne at Uxbridge
Toy machine gun; ditto
Catapults; two in the same match at Rolfs, one in the margins, the other, less explicably, at 14m
 

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tiny catfish from river Don some years ago... it was almost completely black, with a very wide, flat head, and armour-like scales, 6 or 8 barbules can't recall
I'd just had a grayling & had dropped the hook into the edge after unhooking, when I cam to rebait the little bugger was hanging on to the hook...

also, both myself & my younger son (who would have been 6 at the time) caught a small sturgeon from a local pond (consequtive weeks from the same peg)...
 

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Birch house lakes near Ashbourne is full of crayfish 🤮
One of the nicest fish I’ve caught...
 

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