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Lake: Eleven Mile Reservoir

Lost fish

Post By: xavierk31      Posted: 11/11/2019 1:16:05 PM     Points: 3003    
Ended up going up to the mile on Sunday with a buddy of mine who was in town, and it was only his second time fishing ever, both times here with me. The only fish that was on my line yesterday felt HUGE. Crushed the Squad Minnow that I was throwing, right after I said to myself that I might have too big a lure on my line. Several head shakes later, line starts getting taken out like I've only ever experienced with landlocked King Salmon. While I'm thinking to myself "maybe I need to adjust the drag again, even though I've already checked it", my buddy hooks into one, first fish on his line in his adult life.

A few more head shakes on my line, and it broke clean off, with my discontinued lure. Thankfully, though, my buddy was able to hang onto his, and it was a nice rainbow, too. Pic will follow.

After, we went to the dream stream, and he hooked a Kokanee which is a fish I've still yet to catch. It was super cool to see him catch those fish, but really frustrating to have such a huge fish break me clean off.

And what makes it even more irritating is that this is the second time in a row with this setup that I've had a fish completely break me off, with 6 pound P-Line which I've really found that I like. But, so it goes I guess! Just wish I could've gotten a better look at the one yesterday as opposed to just the big splash of silver on the first breach.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Nov. 11, 2:47:21 PM     Points: 6362    
Big Northern maybe?
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Nov. 11, 4:03:49 PM     Points: 31    
Welcome to 11 Mile! I have had really good luck with the 6lb Berkley Vanish Floro. I always set my drag pretty much light to medium this time of yr because the cold will stiffen it up. Its been a long time since I snapped anything off or lost gear of any type. I always tie fresh knots before I start the day--wetting the line before cinching the knots. You probably do all this already but THE MILE has been my home away from home for 40+ yrs. She can hurt your feelings.
 Reply by: ark angler      Posted: Nov. 12, 7:04:01 AM     Points: 380    
Good job getting your buddy on some fish. Any ice yet at 11 mile?
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Nov. 12, 8:17:19 AM     Points: 2295    
I agree with HP...most probably a large pike. A pike can destroy a line in no time! Don’t beat yourself up over it. Just add it to your collection of “fond memories”. Good Fishing! Ski
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Nov. 12, 11:53:43 AM     Points: 3003    
That's all good to know, and trust me I know a big pike can destroy your line. Typically when I'm targeting pike with my old man, we've got 8-12 pound Trilene XT or Fire Line. And it wouldn't shock me if that's what it was since the strike was so violent and aggressive.
Ark- no ice at all as of the 10th.