Originally Posted by powerboatr
We had a new 20ft Fish & Ski boat we had bought from Uncle Gus Lodge & Marina. The Wife and I scheduled a weekend from Dallas to break the boat in.
I fished all day Saturday for Stripper and Bass. Not even a nibble, didn't even see fish jump out the water; not even water turkeys diving. I gave up and moored the boat on the bank not too far from our tent. After dinner; I got restless, so I go back to the boat, put corks on the 3 rod & reels locked them and put bass minnows on them. Why not? Around 11:00 PM that night I grab my flashlight and thought I would bring the rod & reels in. It was pitch dark, so I had the flashlight making my way to the boat. I see one cork just going wild!!! I rushed to the boat; and as you might gather I picked up the wrong pole each time
When I got the right pole I had a fighter, it was an amazing feeling, but I could not get him in, I was yelling for my wife to get the net, but she was not coming across that grassy terrain in the dark
It seemed like 5 minutes had passed and this fish was not giving in. Then suddenly he stopped. I was tired and stunned. So I reeled him in and he was a beauty. When I got him out of the water to grab him; the line broke and he got away
, he was too heavy for my line
Devastated, I am thinking no one is going to believe this story. Frustrated I shine the light across the water and I see a fish just sitting in water about 15 ft from the boat, note the water was only about 3 or 4 ft deep as I was on the shoreline. So as I moved closer I noticed the fish seemed to move toward the light
So I shine the light to the left about 2 ft and the damn fish swam to that spot. I then moved the light 2 ft to the right toward the boat, the fish was following the light!!! I did it a few more times zig zagging toward the boat until the fish was starboard side on stern. I had flashlight in my right hand and with my left hand I reached into the water, grab the fish and pulled him out. With the light I don't think the fish ever saw me. Sure enough I could see the hook, minnow and broken line still in the fish.
So there have been many fish tales, but I actually caught the one that got away with a flashlight.