What do you mean you found it DEAD?

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What do you mean you found it DEAD?

What do you mean you found it DEAD? as told by Bobber Down

So, the story goes. It's the summer of beautiful 1989 and it's me(12), my little brother Ryan(10), and our younger cousin Sean(8). We ask our aunt Lou (Sean's mom) if we can take their fishing boat out and try to get something to bite. I had just gotten my boating saftey card and it was QUITE a priveledge to take out any boat without an adult. She said yes, we loaded up our rods, tackle, bait, and a net and we were on our or way. It was a hot day, so we decided to go across Websters bay on Big Sandy and through the bridge to fish the lilly pads on the other side. We figured the fish might be trying to hide in the shade due to the temp. Well, we were wrong. We fished for a little over an hour, but had to get headed home so we didn't get in trouble. We just had the bridge in site when Ryan said, "hey what's that sticking out of the water over there?" I quick turned the boat to investigate further. When we got up next to it all we could see was that it was a fish fin of some sort. It was actually the tale of the fish, the head was straight down in the water and all that was sticking up was a corner of the tale fin. We decided to net it, after almost breaking the net, we got it into the boat and we couldn't believe our eyes. It was the BIGGEST northern any of had ever seen in our lives! I have a fear of fish and I was freaked out of my mind. It was beautifully colored and I thought what if this thing comes to life, I'm jumping out of this boat! We had it laying between to of the seats and I sat as far away as possible and made Ryan drive the boat so I could keep my eyes on it. We got back to Sean's cabin and went running up to tell his mom what we caught, I mean netted, and she didn't believe us. Once we finally got her down to the beach she couldn't believe her eyes. So, we brought it home to show our mom and the same thing, she didn't believe us. After getting over the shock of netting this thing, we measured and weighed it, 42 inches and 22 pounds. We determined that it had just died when we saw the fin sticking up and it was probably just trying to kick for one last dive. We knew we were going to mount it, but where were we going to put until we could get it to the taxidermist. Luckily, we knew the owners of Hillcrest resort at the time and asked if we could put it in their freezer until we could get it home or to the tax. When we brought it there no one at the resort could believe it really came out of the lake. They were asking where we caught it, and what we caught it on. We told them we found it dead and all they could say was, What do you mean you found it dead? I said it was floating on top like any other dead fish. We had multiple people offer to buy it for up to $400.00. We decided as a team of three that this was a once in a lifetime fish story and we better just keep it. So my parents paid for it to get mounted, and it has been hanging on the wall of their cabin for about 16 years now. And to this day, I have never heard or seen of anyone pulling a bigger fish than that out of Big Sandy Lake, sure glad we kept it:)