60 pounder caught on the deshka this morning. Don't know the whole story and not my place to say keep it or not. Either way, impressive fish!
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I was right there (am in the boat in the back ground). I was super proud of my 20lb king I caught a half an hour before this one made an appearance. It was impressive to see!
There was quite a bit of hollering going on after the catch as well.
Makin fur fins and feathers fly.
I sincerely hope that fish was released although it probably wasn't since the individual has it out of the water. With the kings runs in such bad shape it would be a shame to see a fish with those genetics bonked and not allowed to reproduced. Fish that size used to be common on the parks. That fish should have been released.
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Wow, what a hog!!!
Makin fur fins and feathers fly.
I like them even smaller. I like the 20 pounders or less.
But that is an awesome fish!!! Congrats on the great catch!
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Wonder if that is one that was heading on up farther North and just stopped in to rest and clean it's gills?
Maybe a Talkeetna or clear creek fish.
Slimm, you have a good point. I have fished the Deshka for over 20 years and have not seen a hog that big, myself. I have seen hogs that big at the mouth of the Willow though. Something to ponder!!! Not to Hijack but are you coming up fishing this year? If so, shoot me a PM, would like to hook up w/ya.
If a dipnetter dips a fish and there is no one around to see/hear it, Did he really dip?
I caught one like that out of willow about 20 years ago and while not common to find a 60+ the 45lb-ers were what everyone was after unless they had to settle for a 25lb dinker... Crazy to see what the 20 years of selective harvest in the river have done to the genetics!
I've caught a few 50# plus at the mouth of the Deshka, lost a few that I swear were bigger.
One time I think in 07 we took 8 days and floated from Neil lake to the mouth, got to the mouth and there were only a couple of boats and raining like crazy, we were just hanging out in the raft flinging spinners, I hooked into one that just started peeling line like crazy, I thought I hooked a dam seal, just before he spooled me it stopped and headed back at me i started reeling fast as I could but couldn't catch up to it, I thought I lost it so I stopped reeling, I was shakin' like a leaf, and my buddy and I busted out laughing, bout that time zing that fish tried to rip that pole out'a my hand and went on another crazy run, we pulled anchor and let that fish pull us around for awhile, it made one jump and was just as red as the one in the pic above, I think just as big too, not long after that it headed for a big tree limb that was half submereged, it hit that and game over..
That was a great evening, only a couple of boats on the water and a pretty good slug of fish moving through, We were sure ready for some hook ups to cuz we only caught 3 or 4 fish each in 8 days on the float down.
Super nice fish. Had to be a blast to reel that hog in. I don't want to weigh in on if he should of let it go or not since I wasn't the one holding the pole when it was caught and that can change one's feelings pretty quick. Congrates to a nice catch though!
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that fish stopped for a rest n the wrong place. Nice hogg