- Jun 25, 2012
I've been spending a lot of time on the big rivers (Juniata, Susquehanna) this summer (it's nice having my summers off as a teacher). I usually do more traveling, but things came up and kept me close to home so I got to explore a lot more of these waters. I've gotten into some really nice bass and landed more catfish this year than ever before. All were around 16 inches.. until Saturday. I was floating and fishing from my kayak and got into probably the biggest fish I've ever landed. I caught a Bull Trout that was similar in length, but nowhere near the WEIGHT of this dude. I was using a 6/7 weight fiberglass rod and really just held on for fifteen minutes. There was no way I was muscling this guy in and he'd take me on these incredible runs where he was actually pulling me and the kayak upstream through current. Took me into my backing at least twice. I could barely lift him out of the water... what a ride!