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PB or no?

Post By: Wreckstar      Posted: 3/27/2023 11:20:51 AM     Points: 5490    
So I hooked what I hoped was a world record Walleye, but when I got it to the shore I realized I had foul hooked a Common Carp in the tail. It was a wild fight, took me 20+ mins to get it in and was fun as hell even though it was foul hooked. It was 33" and too heavy for my crappy scale, but would have been a master angler.

So question is, do you still consider a foul hooked fish as a PB even though it wasn't "legally" caught? Just curious how others would view it.

 Reply by: matthewsims22      Posted: 3/27/2023 11:32:49 AM     Points: 250
Great catch! Carp are a lot of fun when you hook into them, foul hooked or not. If you are somebody who does target carp occasionally, I wouldn't count it as a PB, but if you accidentally catch a couple over time, there is nothing wrong with counting that as a personal best. Congrats again!
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 3/27/2023 4:37:05 PM     Points: 4991
I think I used a 12 gauge on my PB, so I can't judge your tactics.
That had to be a serious battle hooking one of those in the tail & certainly worthy of celebration.
 Reply by: johnski      Posted: 3/27/2023 8:02:44 PM     Points: 1819
Yea it would be your call on it being a personal best or not. The foulhooking of carp happens a few times a year for me when I am jigging for spring walleye at Sanchez Reservoir. Inevitably a carp will be in the way of your jig and the fight is on. Sometimes I land them and sometimes they release and I find the hook with a distinct large scale of a carp on it. Sometimes trhey are hooked near the mouth, and in that case, It would be hard to argue it wasn't actually biting the jig.
 Reply by: Shubert      Posted: 3/28/2023 12:41:21 PM     Points: 7
I would say yes. Unintentional snag and the fight qualifies the catch as valid for me. No PB if the hook was intentional though.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 3/28/2023 6:09:45 PM     Points: 9979
I'll make a deal with you and everyone else on FxR--

It's your story, just don't call BS on my TALL tales! Totally a new PB, congratulations! A 20 minute battle is hard to beat any day fishing!$$

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