Sent an all-star K-15 Trapper Kwik swimming on Saturday in the lower Kenai for a nice silver. Warned the kids that it was the best K-15 in my arsenal and to guard it with their life. Within 3 minutes of deploying the killer plug.... SLAM.... rod buries hard and the water explodes with a HUGE coho! But in less than 2 seconds the battle is over when the 15# Maxima UG parted with a loud CRACK!
Turns out my nephew backlashed that ABU reel badly and did not completely clear the bird's nest. The line buried into the spool just a few feet inside from where it was deployed and simply LOCKED UP.... drag could NOT release any line beyond that spot!
A half hour later the big coho buck jumped right next to the boat trying to shake my prized plug loose, trailing 40-plus ft of monofilament. Had the kids feverishly casting hardware to try and snag the trailing line while the fish were all still kegged up in the hole, but no one connected before the flood tide flushed that batch of fish on upriver.
There's no doubt in my mind that fish has already been caught by now by some lucky angler who snagged the trailing mono. Maybe it's you or someone you know.
The plug is heavily battle scarred with probably over a dozen black Sharpie hash marks tatooed on the left rear quarter panel, rigged with a trailing single barbless siwash on a stout swivel. It may also have a second single barbless siwash attached with double split rings to the belly screw-eye (getting old and can't remember if I took the belly hook off or not) rigged with 40# Maxima UG leader.
Longshot, I know..... but I'll offer a $50 reward to the guy who recovers that plug.