Have had a few through the years,..once i was fishing stripers solo on the sac.,above grimes.I got to the hole late and anchored above a guy in the sweet spot,.. a short time passed,..they hooked into a apparent dino and lost it,.. a short time later they netted a keeper striper, and left,i figured it was their limit fish.
I pulled anchor and positioned the boat just above the spot, its a long hole 16-18' that comes up to 12',...we have caught alot of fish out of there through the years.
I put on a fresh butter-flied anchovie and tossed it out,...checked it to assure it was tight on the bottom and set it in the balancer.As i'm wrapping another bait on a pre tied leader,...i see the rod do a soft, slow pull down,..then it comes up...i said "crap" to myself, as i know what this is,i glance at my watch,...about 15 seconds later,the rod slowly pulls down again,..flatline tightline,..i grab it and come-up swinging.The hook hit's home and it's on,..at hookset the fish turns and heads southbound,..its like i'm hooked onto the back of a truck...the line is burning off the 6500c,..i pull the classic put your thumb on the spool trick, and come up with a blister the size of a nickle,..i reach around the center console, fire up the motor,..run up to the bow and throw the anchor line and float over.
I hit reverse and start to give chase,..i'm seeing the black spool coming up,..the fish starts to slow down, and i start putting some of the 20# big game back on,..i get over the top of the fish, and put some load on him.I'm about 300 yds. down stream of my anchor, and now he decides to head up stream,..i stay straight over him and follow,..not much else a guy can do.
As i'm leaning into this thing about 40 minutes later, a boat comes by, slows and pulls in close,..ask if i need help,..he's headed north so i ask him to keep a eye out for one of my buddies fishing upstream, and tell him where i'm at, and to come down.
The fish moves over into the sand bar area,..it's been about a hour now, the guy comes downstream and hollers over that he didn't see a old blue barge of my description,..i say thanks and he says good luck, and leaves.
I'm only in 6-7 ft. of water, and the fish starts to blow bubbles,it's been a hour and 20 minutes now,..i figure he's about to give-up and roll over,..wrong,..he makes another run, and i give chase he peels another 75 yds. of line,.and is almost to my anchor.As i'm following, gaining line back, i feel line rubbing against something,..he had my line under a snag,..i went back and forth,..backed off, and still couldn't get it free,the line finally failed and we parted ways,..i looked at my watch,...1 hr. 40 minutes...i wish i could of just seen him once.