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Post Posted: 12:44pm - Jan 4,09 
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I had the honor of winning the 1st Place and Big Fish categories of the First Annual Henry's Fall Salmon Night Derby. I don't believe they continued having the derby after the 2nd year.

It was a poor night of fishing with maybe three fish caught amongst all the contestants. With one lucky cast, I caught a 17 lb King and was able to take the top two awards and picked up a nice rod as well as a Finn-Nor combo.

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Contrary to a rumor that was started, the fish was not caught on a homemade glow spoon made by a owner of a local fishing website. It was caught on a factory glow KO Wobbler. That fish continued to give and give... It had 3 glow spoons in it's mouth when I caught it, donated by other anglers that lost their fight with this elusive fish. Lastly, it turned out great in the smoker. 8)~

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Post Posted: 01:42pm - Jan 4,09 
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Nice way to get the new forum started Ron. Great story to go with the pic.

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Post Posted: 02:47pm - Jan 4,09 
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Very cool Ron. Way to go. Luck has an awful lot to do with fishing sometimes. Maybe alot more than most would be willing to admit. :winker

Honestly though it also does take skill and patience to land one of these brutes. Great pics!

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Post Posted: 05:48pm - Jan 4,09 
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Cool

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Post Posted: 07:37pm - Jan 4,09 
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Yep remember your days of glory well. Is that a new rod that was won? Are you still fishing it?

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Post Posted: 07:41pm - Jan 4,09 
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I remember that fish Ron... Congrats again. :D

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Post Posted: 07:56pm - Jan 4,09 
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wsj_outdoorsman wrote:
Is that a new rod that was won? Are you still fishing it?


Actually, I won two, one for big fish and one for highest total weight (1st place).

The first was some kind of specialty rod, a 9 footer. It still has Henry's $60 price tag on it and I have never used it.

The Finn-Nor combo I used to see in Sports Authority normally for $99 around that same time. I got a lot of use out of it. One day I returned from fishing and found the handle missing. I couldn't find a replacement, not even from the manufacturer so it's long gone. The rod was a one piece that I never liked so it's gone too.

So excited about the win that night, I didn't pay attention to how I put my rods in the car and the automatic seat belt snapped both the rod I caught the salmon on as well as the Finn-Nor I just won. :evil: Even though it was my stupidness, Henry's was cool enough to replace it.

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I remember that fish Ron... Congrats again. :D


DaFish was the excellent man with the steady hand on landing net. I'm glad it was him landing it and not me.

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