Personal Best (PB)

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Personal Best (PB)

Post by herper79 » September 8th, 2012, 7:39 pm

Post your PB!
I'll start, I just got my PB Largemouth bass that was actually weighed. After catching some bigger bass I decided to buy a scale and start weighing the 3lb plus fish.
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Here is my PB Largemouth caught 9/5/12, 5.35#
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Post by Owen » September 9th, 2012, 8:51 pm

Nice fish. I've caught a couple in the 18.5" - 19" range (3.5 - 4lbs), but mostly little $h!t. I still keep forgetting my tape measure for Red-sided garters- I would hate to have to drag around a scale :lol: . I've measured one (43.5") and I've seen a few bigger, but not sure if any longer.

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Post by herper79 » September 12th, 2012, 4:19 pm

Owen, carrying a scale is no prob. I keep my scale, hooks, lures, and pliers in my vest pockets. Maybe tattoo a tape measure on your leg, then you can always measure the RSG. lol
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Post by Owen » September 14th, 2012, 5:18 pm

...and deep too!

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Post by herper79 » December 4th, 2012, 9:32 pm

ok guys got a new one from a pond in San Jose last week while bass fishing! Fishing solo with only my cell for pics. sorry for the quality!
Nick
11.4lbs
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Post by El Garia » December 5th, 2012, 7:08 pm

Good one, Nick :thumb: It's always cool hooking an unintended target. Like you, my largest cat was caught while targeting bass. Wasn't as big as yours, though.
Next time, bring something stinky... like me! :mrgreen:

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Post by herper79 » December 5th, 2012, 9:50 pm

Gracias El Garia. I like your new avatar. Find your pics of your PB scan them and post them! I wish more people would put their big fish pics. I surf the net just looking at monsters I wish I could get one the end of my line.
Just picked up some soft plastic crawdads and jig heads that stand up to try to entice some lunkers.
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Post by El Garia » December 6th, 2012, 5:49 pm

MY FIRST AND ONLY HAMMERHEAD

I don't have a scanner. The best that I could do was to take a photo of a photo. It's the only non-slide "personal best" pic that I could find. (film was expensive on a paper boy's salary)

On this particular day, my cousin took some friends and me to Kaneohe Bay to fish aboard his Whaler. We decided to target young Jack Trevally (Papio). We hooked and landed quite a few on surface plugs(along with a Milkfish and some barracuda). But, I like catching a smorgasbord of species, so I decided to bait up a bottom fishing rig.

My pole soon doubled over, and the line went flying out of the reel. I had convinced myself and my companions that I had hooked a 30lb+ Ulua (adult Jack Trevally). I kept yelling " Da buggah beeg!" My enthusiasm attracted the attention of nearby boats, who had pulled up alongside, to see the 'leviathan' I had hooked. When I finally got it into view, it was clear that I had hooked a Hammerhead in the 8 lb. range. Pretty embarrassing, to say the least. I felt like hiding in the cooler. So, next time you take a kid fishing, and 'said kid' claims to have hooked a big one... IGNORE DA BUGGAH! :lol:

It was, and is, the strongest fish, pound for pound, that I have ever fought. Maybe, that's why I look so stoked! :D

Kaneohe Bay. Oahu, '84
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Post by Curtis Hart » December 6th, 2012, 6:34 pm

This is my best Red Snapper. I caught it a couple miles off Port Mansfield from my friend Andrew's sail boat the Abishag.Image

I also caught the Mahi Mahi about 35 miles out of South Padre.
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Both of these fish were caught this past September.

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Post by herper79 » December 7th, 2012, 12:08 am

Dang guys nice fish indeed! I have never caught any of those guys. guess i need to get out on the big pond lol
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Post by monklet » December 11th, 2012, 1:34 pm

IF that hammerhead is eight pounds you must be one big dude! :lol: ...but why all the embarrassment? ...don't follow?

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Post by michael68 » December 11th, 2012, 7:24 pm

Nice catches.

My PB to date is a 6.5lb Alpers trout I caught when I was 10 on a lip ripperz plastic worm in Mammoth Lakes. Can't seem to find any pics at the moment sadly.

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Post by muskiemagnet » February 20th, 2013, 2:20 pm

not huge, but nice. unfortunately, spawned out. 40 inch pike. this lake had a die off last year because of the heat. lot's of pike lost. many in the upper 40's/lower 50's


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king salmon. personal best on light line during the fall run. i've gotten slightly bigger on lake michigan in a boat, but it's waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more fun from shore in the fall.

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Post by Nigel Smith » April 21st, 2013, 8:44 am

My personal best. Flathead Catfish.

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Blue catfish
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Post by hellihooks » April 21st, 2013, 9:23 am

course... got no pics from back in the 70's... but I pulled in a 53 lb bullhead cat, at fisherman's retreat (San Timetao Can. Riverside Ca)... it was about 4 ft long and barely fought at all... thought i had hooked a log... :shock: :lol: :lol: jim

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Post by VICtort » April 27th, 2013, 3:47 pm

Jim, check your taxonomy. In California the only two catfish that woud grow to such immense size are flathead and Blue catfish. Flatheads are in most of the Colorado River drainage/canals, and Blues in a relative few California reservoirs. Bullhead catfish are relatively small, usually from one to 3 lbs., rarely over 5 lbs. and they occupy most valley and lowland reservoirs, lakes and streams and rivers. Black bullheads, one of 3 species of bullheads in California often occupy high elevation lakes where they tend to be stunted and small, often only a half pound.

Common names often confuse...but you are a picky guy about reptiles and I just had to call you on this claim of a 50 lb.+ bullhead...no way. Do you have a photo? Is the caudal fin forked? Or nearly squared with little eyes on and a mottled greenish brown dorsum? If the latter a flathead, if the former, probably a blue. Check out Nigel Smith's photos of two dandy examples, one of each. Flatheads are really cool, in my experience they seek live bait, I caught them on bluegills larger than my hand and they really eat large prey items. (bluegills are OK for bait in Imperial County near the Colorado River zone, but check your regulations as they are not lawful bait everywhere)

I caught flatheads in the Imperial County canals to 41 lbs. , but there are bigger ones out there, especially in the lower Colorado river. It looks like Nigel is the man to beat!

tight lines, Vic Herrick

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Post by hellihooks » April 27th, 2013, 4:21 pm

Well... it must have been a Flathead, I guess. I recall that it seemed like 1/2 of it was head... :shock: I was in high school... it was going on 40 yrs ago, and I used a big live bullfrog as bait (which was of course, against the lake rules... :roll: ) We threw the line out as far as we could, around noon... and came back to check the line at like 10:00 pm. Thought we had hooked a log, till it got to about 4 ft from shore, and started thrashing... :shock: We got a rope through mouth/gills and tied it to a tree, and the next morning took it into the bait shop to be weighed. They said it was the biggest ever caught there, and I think they took some pics. Doubt they still exist... place has changed hands several times since then... but you never know. Next time I'm near there, I'll stop in and see... ;)
Funny thing is... a Nafha survey I had organized several years ago, took a lunch break at that lake... never occurred to me to check, then... :crazyeyes: jim

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Post by DCooper » April 27th, 2013, 5:15 pm

Been meaning to post in this forum for some time now. Considering I fish about as much if not more than I herp I have plenty of fish pics. Here are a few of my personal bests. All fish were released.

First off is what I believe to be the largest fish I've caught, but had no scale that day. I did mark the length using my rod and she measured out at 48 inches. My best guess to weight is between 50 and 60 pounds which beat my previous best of 43 pounds 43 inches. Caught in the Ohio River on the WV side.
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Next is my best Saugeye from a small impoundment in eastern Ohio. 28 inches never got a weight.
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My best White Crappie from a strip mine pond in Eastern Ohio. 15 inches 2.5 pounds
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My largest public waters Largemouth Bass. I've caught bigger from private ponds but public waters are a whole different animal. Small impoundment in Northern WV 5 pounds 3 ounces.
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This is the biggest smallie I have a picture of. Caught at a dam tailwater on the Ohio river on the Ohio side. 3.5 pounds.
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And at last is the best out of them all. My sons first largemouth. PRICELESS!
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Post by muskiemagnet » May 26th, 2013, 2:28 pm

i liked the flatty. gotta love flatheads.

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Post by gretzkyrh4 » September 4th, 2013, 8:20 pm

Figured I'd contribute something to keep this thread running.

Though it's not an all time best, this 30" redfish is a new personal best while kayak fishing.

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It put up a surprisingly good fight, dragging me about 100 yards before I was able to bring it to the net.

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Post by sep11ie » September 6th, 2013, 2:42 pm

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My favorite flounder.

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Post by gretzkyrh4 » September 7th, 2013, 4:19 pm

sep11ie wrote:
My favorite flounder.
Nice doormat! How much did it weigh?

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Post by sep11ie » September 10th, 2013, 8:11 am

gretzkyrh4 wrote:
sep11ie wrote:
My favorite flounder.
Nice doormat! How much did it weigh?
A shad under 8.5lbs. We pulled 2 others out of the "honey hole" just a little smaller than her just a few days earlier.

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Post by PrimitiveTim » October 2nd, 2013, 6:58 pm

Got lucky with an upper slot red first time I ever fished for them. I've caught a few after that one. Kayak fishing is where it's at!

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Post by sep11ie » October 3rd, 2013, 2:30 pm

PrimitiveTim wrote:Got lucky with an upper slot red first time I ever fished for them. I've caught a few after that one. Kayak fishing is where it's at!

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All of the reds I catch in a certain lake/creek I fish in have multiple spots.

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Post by PrimitiveTim » October 5th, 2013, 9:07 pm

sep11ie wrote:
PrimitiveTim wrote:
All of the reds I catch in a certain lake/creek I fish in have multiple spots.
Some in the indian river lagoon have multiple spots as well.

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Post by frogfish » October 8th, 2013, 8:13 pm

48.9lb smallmouth buffalo
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35.15lb common carp
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36.3lb mirror carp
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only pb's i actually keep track of...

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Post by VICtort » October 8th, 2013, 11:52 pm

Dear Frogfish,
welcome aboard. Those are some impressive fish, please share some details on the how and where. I am told we have buffalo in a few canals and reservoirs in LA county, and of course carp in more places than not in CA. Will buffalo voluntarily take a bait or are they snagged? What bait do you and your buddies use for carp? Are either carp or buffalo desirable to eat?
Thanks for posting, Vic

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Post by frogfish » October 18th, 2013, 12:37 am

VICtort wrote:Dear Frogfish,
welcome aboard. Those are some impressive fish, please share some details on the how and where. I am told we have buffalo in a few canals and reservoirs in LA county, and of course carp in more places than not in CA. Will buffalo voluntarily take a bait or are they snagged? What bait do you and your buddies use for carp? Are either carp or buffalo desirable to eat?
Thanks for posting, Vic
All were caught in NC. Catawba and Haw river systems. Buffalo will voluntarily take baits. I fish using european ledgering tactics for carp and buffs. Hair rigs, fixed leads, and method/packbait. No they are not great to eat, just a blast to catch. My favorite freshwater species to target :)

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Post by VICtort » October 20th, 2013, 6:27 am

Frogfish, thanks for that, you sound dedicated and serious about catching those huge fish. I was amazed and amused to learn how serious Europeans are about carp fishing, with specialized techniques and equipment developing, and tournaments.
Most anglers in USA have caught a few incidental to other fisheries but only a relative few like your self target them and catch them in numbers . They are indeed fun and challenging to catch and worthy of greater respect by anglers.
Be sure to see Tim Borski's post about Wisconsin, he takes them on flies. I take them with a spear in areas where they are an unwelcome introduction to trout/salmon fisheries.
I think carp are fine in areas of lowered water quality.
BTW, do you ever fish for gar? I always wanted to try for those...

Tight lines, Vic

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Post by Joe Mahoney » October 30th, 2013, 3:58 pm

I haven't caught a PB in a long time, but watching my son catch his best 4.5 lbs was by far a better experience than any fish I have, and probably will ever catch.

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A few weeks later he landed this 6 pounder. Now he seems a little disappointed when we go out and he doesn't catch a "hog"...

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Post by frogfish » December 3rd, 2013, 6:03 pm

VICtort wrote:Frogfish, thanks for that, you sound dedicated and serious about catching those huge fish. I was amazed and amused to learn how serious Europeans are about carp fishing, with specialized techniques and equipment developing, and tournaments.
Most anglers in USA have caught a few incidental to other fisheries but only a relative few like your self target them and catch them in numbers . They are indeed fun and challenging to catch and worthy of greater respect by anglers.
Be sure to see Tim Borski's post about Wisconsin, he takes them on flies. I take them with a spear in areas where they are an unwelcome introduction to trout/salmon fisheries.
I think carp are fine in areas of lowered water quality.
BTW, do you ever fish for gar? I always wanted to try for those...

Tight lines, Vic

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Yup, I love fishing for carp and buffalo (my absolute favorite freshwater fish). I first started fishing for them on the fly, stalking them on the crystal clear flats around Bear Island in Michigan.

BTW, you know carp have never been proved to be detrimental to populations of native fish species? On the other hand, stocked trout and flatheads have caused serious declines in populations of native sculpins, dace, and madtoms.

Caught plenty of gar up to 86" long. Longnose and Florida.

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Post by Kent VanSooy » February 20th, 2014, 12:24 pm

Gotta a new PB! From a couple weeks ago, aboard the Journeyman from Puerto Vallarta. Yellowfin tuna, estimated 180-190#.

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Post by pahothand » February 20th, 2014, 1:28 pm

Was that tuna caught chunking or trolling. Either way it is a trophy.

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Post by Kent VanSooy » February 22nd, 2014, 8:38 am

Thanks! Baited a live squid, circle hook and 90# flouro leader.

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Post by Stohlgren » April 23rd, 2014, 5:30 pm

Haven't done all that much fishing since getting into herping, but I recently got a kayak to get back into it (and for photography). Didn't take long to get a personal best largemouth. I don't have a scale but it measured 24".

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Post by Tim Borski » April 23rd, 2014, 7:00 pm

My son had a half day of school today so we went bass fishing this aft. It resulted in a personal best for me.


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Post by Stohlgren » April 23rd, 2014, 7:59 pm

You just had to show me up, haha. :lol: Nice fish.

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Post by frogfish » April 25th, 2014, 5:32 pm

A few more...

~200lb Bluefin caught on a stickbait and spinning gear
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est. 35-40lb permit from the beach
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Post by herper79 » May 11th, 2014, 11:52 am

Hi all, those are some great catches! I haven't been on much due to work and fishing, but now I have an excuse to post. One will be soon as soon as I figure it out again lol
Tight lines -Nick

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Post by herper79 » May 11th, 2014, 5:22 pm

Ok all,
This all happened Thursday. Before work I stopped off at a local reservoir for 1 hour and got this huge carp, a PB. My scale battery was dead but I think it weighed in around 12#
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After work I hit up another reservoir and got 3 nice bass each one making a new PB!
The first a 5.8#
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The second a 6.37#
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The third a 6.8#
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Needless to say, one hell of a day!
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Post by Coluber Constrictor » May 11th, 2014, 6:16 pm

23-inch Redfish (or red drum) I caught in Gulf Shores about a year ago. I've caught bigger and better fish, but it has been a long time (over 10 years). Don't really fish much these days :(

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