Tricking and Tackling a Massive Fish in the Depths: Epic Fishing Adventure with Appalachian and Derek Towles

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  • Mike's avatar

    Looks the the pre-front WAS hot! @Derek is gonna regret being the fair weather fisherman😞🤪

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Mike it was, I found this fish sunning near the surface in the middle of the channel. I used to believe a fish that was sunning/in the wide open was uncatchable, but it seems I've found a way to get them to go into kill mode. With the roughly 10 hrs round trip I can't say I blame him 🤣

  • Derek's avatar

    @Appalachian I was so afraid this was going to happen....congratulations, man! Now I'm super upset that I didn't chance it. Haha.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Appalachian TikTok says all ya gotta do is a figure 8🤣🤪

  • Dave's avatar

    That’s awesome!!

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Derek ahh, they ain't going no where

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Mike Ten years into chasing them and yet to catch one in the 8 🤷‍♂️ lots of enthusiastic follows and misses but still no dice. It's still awesome to have them running laps at your feet though.

  • Derek's avatar

    @Appalachian we can hope! I'm definitely going to try to get down there as soon as possible.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Derek alright man, if it makes you feel better it's raining cats and dogs now🤣

  • Derek's avatar

    @Appalachian ha! Right around when I'd be leaving anyways....

  • Mike's avatar

    @Appalachian yeah, I’ve never even tried it. Probably would work just as well on the northerns up in Ontario. That should be one of our future destinations @Derek

  • Derek's avatar

    @Mike tell me when! Hit them and some walleye. I don't need any convincing. I never do.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Derek I’ll have to see what kind of wait list they have nowadays to the place we’ve been to several times. It’s been too long and I’d like to get back there. Best chance at big fish are smallmouth, but walleye and pike limits are a snap

  • Derek's avatar

    @Mike let's do it. I got the boat.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Derek soon I’ll have a brand new motor and a like new boat too! I’ll dig into it 👊

  • EPIC's avatar

    Dang nice fish! We have them in a couple lakes here locally but I rarely target them solely. Was bass fishing one time and hooked into a 3lbish large mouth one time....the bass broke water twice, on the second trip up it threw the hook right as it planed...it only thought it was free, mr bass didn't hit the water in the same form it left it. A brute of a musky come up out of the water a split second after the bass threw the hook and snatched out of the air. It was one of the craziest things I've ever seen on the water. Wish I'd had a camera on that one for sure! Well done my friend!

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Mike that'd be fun, from what I understand the pike are alot more accommodating that the musky. https://youtu.be/ZfbhrQucU2I at least this video makes it seem that way. May have something to so with the remoteness.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @EPIC thanks man. The very first time I decided to pursue them I had no sooner than beaches my yak at the hole I wanted to fish when I laid eyes on a giant cruising around. I quickly hooked up a sucker I had caught and whizzed it ahead of the fish. That musky met the suck the instant it touched the water and I swear I saw scales fly off that sucker. I did not end up landing that fish but I did get it in to about 10feet away before breaking me off. I was ruined.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Appalachian absolutely. Northerns are straight up ornery predators that hardly discriminate in the backwaters. I’ve caught fish with lost lures in their mouth plenty of times.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Mike that's neat, all I've ever gotten from a fish is a dead rat or half digested bluegill 🤣

  • Mike's avatar

    @Appalachian haha, these will have that too. This goes WAY back, but here’s 2 hrs worth. We were living off the land for 3 weeks on Isle Royale. Ran into some folks that wanted to trade steelhead for pike so I loaded up. So many in this inland lake that hammer handles were all you could find. All on one red and white Daredevle.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Mike wow that's awesome and sounds like a great trade

  • Matt's avatar

    Great fish!

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Just an apex predator participating in his local ecology. Ex backcountry hiking trail builder turned Environmental Scientist. Schooled in Conservation of natural resources and biodiversity. Pretty much plumb eat up with it.

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