First, I was trolling a crankbait on the north side of Cemetery Point when I got a heavy strike. After taking line and giving me a strong fight, I was astounded to see my lure in the water - but no fish attached. Yet something kept fighting and pulling drag. I finally got the lure out of the water to see it was tangled in a fist-sized ball of mono - with a line going to the still-invisible fish.
With the lure at the rod tip, I tried to hand-line the fish in. That's when things parted. Twenty more feet of mono and there was a rusted - and broken - hook. Never saw whatever the fish was, but I'm glad I rid it of that hook and trailing mass of line.
Oddity #2: A few minutes later, I'm troling the same Bomber crawdad crankbait and got another heavy strike. "Gotta be a monster bass," I thought to myself. Nope. Ten-pounder carp. Hooked in the mouth, not foul-hooked at all. On a crankbait!
Oddity #3: Same place, and the waves from motorboats are calm for a bit. I look up to see what looks like a world record muskrat swimming along. Head looks funny. Then it turns and swims right by me. It's a 40" tiger muskie, cruising along with its head out of the water, mouth open and eating bugs off the surface. Eating bugs? Yup.
Okay, three things I have never seen or done in 60+ years of being a fisherman, and all in a few hours. Who made this Weird Wednesday, huh?
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