So we had gotten a few bites but could not hook up. Earlier in the morning we had the same thing going on so I dropped a small minnow looking thing down on my trout rod and hooked a 14" char. This rod has 6 pound line on it and I tied a 17 pound leader to the hook end to keep the line from being cut by teeth. I didn't actually think I would land a big fish with it.
Dropped it down again and felt a tap on the line. Set the hook and the fun began. Immediately I knew it was a good fish, felt like it was just sitting there on the bottom. I couldn't move it at first. Then slowly I got it to come up a little. Fearing I would break the line I just sat back and took my time. After 10 minutes we got to see the fish, OH YEH!!!! But then it ran again and again running 50-90 feet of line out at a time.
At one point the line got stuck in the ice at the top of the hole, my partner and I kept rubbing the spot with a finger trying to melt it enough to get it to pop out. It did,
After the 4th or 5th time of getting the fish to the hole, I grabbed the leader and was able to get his head started up the hole, success at last!!!!!!!
What a great catch. 16.95 pounds on the scale and over 20 minutes to land it. Took a couple pics and then sent him on his way.
Then I had to sit down and calm my nerves, I was all shook up with this one!
One more for the books.