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Old 09-16-2005, 02:49 PM   #1
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9-16 Wynona's Big Brown Beaver

The YT have seemed for the most part waiting for the sun to be high in the sky before they are brunching, so I decided to try my hand up north with the flat ones, had to dust off the meter for this trip. Launched at the first hint of light, just after Jim and his client. Just before the pier, macs were smacking. Put a few in the tank before heading to the north side. Put a few more in the tank and pulled up a nice big sardine. I put that out on a trap rig with a 2 oz slider on 25# Maxima. I have been hearing 40 feet is where ya want to be lately. I paddled out to 40 feet and saw good bait marks. dropped it down, put out a flyline greenback for any roving YT and chucked the iron, hoping for a blind strike. Not long and I felt a bump on the bottom rig. Looking at the rod tip, it had a little bend. I wound a little line and as the line came tighter anothor bump and it got heavy. Wound the fish on and it started up, just shaking it's head from side to side all the way up. I had set a really light drag, I would guess about 4 pounds, just as I got color the fish turned and headed back down. Got it under me again and it flared its gills and spit the sardine as it thrashed side to side. I swung the gaff and missed and it ran down a little. Back near the top I stuck the gaff and stuffed my hand in the gills, with a "go ahead!" death grip. Fish never went ballistic, just bucked a little as I tied a line. I swung it on deck and it bucked my open drybag into the water. Luckily I double drybag my camera and phone and nothing fell out. Jim came over and took an on the spot pic. Thanks Jim, great shot! Only 7:00, I was not ready to head in. Had a tastey sea-gar and hearing the YT action, decided to paddle a loop out to the point and in. Met up with Dennis and got some more pics, Thanks Dennis! Ya can't have too many pics of your biggest 'but. We timed dry landings in the building surf. On the beach it pegged a 30# boga, so I was stoked. What's it weigh? You tell me.



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Old 09-16-2005, 02:57 PM   #2
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Andy, you always make it sound so easy. Great catch!
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Old 09-16-2005, 02:59 PM   #3
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Very nice! Inspiring catch.
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Old 09-16-2005, 03:19 PM   #4
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Cigar smoke is coming out of my computer. That is HUGE! I'm guessing 38# and I usually under estimate.

I was figuring you'd pass me someday - just not today.
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Old 09-16-2005, 03:31 PM   #5
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WOW! Way to go on Plan B. 39#
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Old 09-16-2005, 04:05 PM   #6
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AWESOME!!
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Old 09-16-2005, 04:09 PM   #7
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There's the post I was waiting for. Good job once again on the hali.. Andy, I tried emailing you the pictures. It wouldn't go through. Do you have another email address?
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Old 09-16-2005, 04:13 PM   #8
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Nice...........................


BUTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Old 09-16-2005, 04:24 PM   #9
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Awesome and cool!

STAND UP PEOPLE!!!

It's got to be close to 40#. Possibly more - looks pretty thick.

Big time congrats on your biggest butt!!! 8)
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Old 09-16-2005, 04:40 PM   #10
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Looks to be about a 8-10 pointer. Or do you count more than the tail? :shock: Are you sure you didn't put up the slam sticky, then take this bad boy out of the freezer from your Alaska trip? :twisted: Let's get some DNA checks here. Congrats on an awesome catch.
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Old 09-16-2005, 05:12 PM   #11
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holly sh@t thats a nice one, sssshhhh dont tell anyone there are flattys in LJ. wcw will go crazy! :lol: :lol:
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Old 09-16-2005, 05:41 PM   #12
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Andy,
that's an incredible catch. that is totally awesome!

She is 46" and she looks thick. I say she's 40+ easy.

My guess is 44#

gabe

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Old 09-16-2005, 06:24 PM   #13
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Nice fiss Mr. Ice. I think this calls for a whole lottA rosie boys. 46 lbs. MKNOTT
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Old 09-16-2005, 06:27 PM   #14
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I like big butts and I can not lie...DAYUUM!

Gabe, I see your #44 guestimate and I raise you 1/2oz.

Great fish Andy!


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Old 09-16-2005, 06:40 PM   #15
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Halisaurus!

Damn!!!! That's an awesome butt Andy. Looks like over 40#.

I'm gonna have to start saving up the Ga$ for another trip to LJ.

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Old 09-16-2005, 06:51 PM   #16
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NICE FISH ANDY!!!

I guess that all but spoils my plans of having north of the pier all to my self tomorrow morning :roll:

I will say 42 and a 1/3
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Old 09-16-2005, 06:56 PM   #17
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my guess is....
currently 1st place!!
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Old 09-16-2005, 07:14 PM   #18
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I'll tell you what it weighs.... TOO DAMN MUCH :shock:

Nice halibut Andy.

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Old 09-16-2005, 07:24 PM   #19
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Here's my engi-nerd Weight vs. Length curve-fit equation based on previous halibut that have been caught in the West Coast Whoppers:

Weight = -0.0142566 - L*0.01229494 - L*L*0.0038020312 + L*L*L*0.00054960791

That's right, I get laid almost never.

But anyway, I'll speculate that your 46" fish goes 44.87 pounds.

Cajunman's 44 incher was 40 pounds.

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Old 09-16-2005, 07:42 PM   #20
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:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :?
WOW that is a halibut if I've ever seen one. It's a beast :!:

Only you... you couldn't just get the slam with a decent halibut, you had to go catch a 35 lbs monster 8)

Now cool it hot dawg...
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