Where's the landing net?

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Where's the landing net?

Where's the landing net? as told by captjon

I have a fish story, it was May 13, 2001, mother’s day if I remember correctly. Captain Steve Johnson, Jean (his wife) and myself decided we would try fishing the St. Louis River for some walleyes. We decided that because we didn’t want to work to hard we wouldn’t bring a landing net. We filled a cooler with our favorite beverages and grabbed a dozen night crawlers, fired the boat up and off we went. After a few minutes of running up river we found the spot we wanted to start fishing in. Each of us having our favorite color worm harness on we set the lines out to begin the troll. Almost immediately I said, Steve I think I am hung up, the drag started whining and then to my surprise the snag started swimming. It was then I realized I was into something pretty big. The battle went on for the next 10 minutes, I gingerly fought the fish as the rod was spooled with 6 pound test. Eventually we saw the fish, a huge walleye, it was then we all realized this was going to be difficult without a landing net. I said to Steve, “This fish is going on the wall!” He scrambled around the boat trying to find anything he could to use as a means to get the fish out of the water, it was decided he would grab it by the tail and hoist it in. I got the 30+” walleye up to the side of the boat Steve reached down and tried to get the fish by the tail, but it flopped free. Leaving me to try to get it back up so he could try again, the second attempt was unsuccessful, by now we are trying to find another method to land the fish. It was decided a 5 gallon bucket was the best bet. I got the fish up next to the boat Steve put the bucket in the water and we tried to “coax” the fish in. It wasn’t going though. Again we made another attempt, the entire time I am telling Steve we better not lose this one it is the biggest fish I’ve ever caught! This time the fish actually went in the bucket but the bucket was now full of 5 gallons of water and the front half of a fish. Steve yelled out, I need some help, he and I hoisted the bucket, 5 gallons of water and the fish into the boat. The fish is now hanging on my office was and has become the standing joke that this is what I got my mom for mother’s day. We still go fishing without a net, if we don’t want to “work” to hard.