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Yep, I said it.  You know you want to!  :)  We've all got 'em!

I'm starting this partly because I haven't been fishing for a couple weeks and I'm going bonkers until I can catch some more fish!

Since this will be an "old fishing pics" thread...should we put a limit on it?  Like...the pics have to be at least 10 years old?  15?  Let's try for at least 15 years old, but we won't care if some are more recent.  Maybe ones you haven't had the opportunity or occasion to share on OA before?  Maybe say a little something about each one if you want.

ok....I'll kick this off. (And sorry if I've posted any of these here before, its not intentional.)  Y'know...I'm sure I'm the only one that looks at their old pictures and thinks, "Wow, I was an ugly dude."  And then I realize that hasn't changed. 😬

This was back around...1998-ish?  In a lake near Hayward, WI.  My co-worker's in-laws owned the Happy Hooker bait shop there.  Very nice folks.  I caught 2 muskies on this day, and this little one was the bigger one.  ;o)


I'd caught a small...like 17"...Tiger Musky in Iowa when I was in grade school.  I don't think I have a picture of that fish.  The pure-strain musky below was my first Iowa musky...probably 1998-1999...around Halloween.


Some Lake Erie fish....circa 1997.  Not everyone could pull off wearing flip-up sunglasses over prescription glasses.  Including me.



The Iowa state record largemouth bass is something like 23.5" long and 10.5 lbs.  The fish below measured 24", but only weighed 7.5 lbs.  Caught Sept. 26, 1993 on a spinnerbait.


Stingray. Caught in Florida near Wabasso/Sebastian.  Late August 1993 on our honeymoon.


Also from that honeymoon trip....a Black Sea Bass


...Mangrove (Gray) Snapper:




...a tiny barracuda:


...Red Snapper:


...25 lb Cobia:


...Gafftopsail Catfish:




...my wife also caught an American Eel on that trip, she didn't want to land it, so I have a picture of that somewhere, but not handy at the moment.  We also caught lionfish and toadfish, and some other kind of poisonous fish a charter boat didn't want to bring on board.  Pretty good trip!

I'll add more pics later.  And hopefully you will too!

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From 2005. 38.5 inch brown trout from lake taneycomo. IGFA fly rod, line class, world record and former Missouri state record.

Here’s me yesterday at Taney. 

Menominee River, Niagara Wisconsin Meramec, St. Claire, MO

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6 minutes ago, FishnDave said:

That's a big bass!  Who caught that?

Our dad. He was a big bass magnet. 

“Anybody opens their mouth, gonna get a bullet. Anybody moves a little weird, little sudden, gonna get a bullet. Not a warning. Not a question. A bullet.”  - Major Marquis Warren


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30" Northern Pike.  1988(?).  West Okoboji Lake, Iowa. West Lake Okoboji is a 3,847 acre natural lake with a maximum depth of 138'. 


Early 90's, I think....Shorthead Redhorse Sucker.  Saylorville Lake, Iowa.  An MGD had I got free for "throwing kegs" at an outdoor Paul McCartney concert at the ISU football stadium.  A t-shirt that says "BEER GOOGLES - DRINK 'TIL SHE'S CUTE" from VEISHEA. VEISHEA (pronounced "VEE-sha") was an annual week-long celebration held each spring on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  By far the biggest annual, week long, student run celebration in the world, finally cancelled after 2014 after a series of riots. ... The name of the festival was an acronym for the colleges of the university that existed when the festival was founded in 1922: Veterinary Medicine. Engineering. Industrial Science. Home Economics. Agriculture. Ok...what else do we have here...Tie-dyed shorts? c'mon!  Fanny-pack?  This guy has a strong future in solitude.


2002(?).  27.5" Walleye.  7.5 lbs.  Saylorville Lake, Iowa.  During this fishing outing, I was wearing my prescription glasses, swatted at a bug in front of my face, and knocked my glasses off my face and into the water, over the wingwall of a spillway.  All I had left to wear was prescription sunglasses...and had to drive home in the dark wearing them.


Couple of 24" walleyes from Iowa. 2003-ish?


2007 or 2009?  Nungesser Lake, Ontario.  Check this out!  I'm on the left... a guy in our 4-person fishing group for the week-long trip caught this 32.5" Walleye!  Enormous ol' gal!  We didn't weigh it.



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1 minute ago, Devan S. said:

I'm jealous of the sleeveless bulls shirt and fanny pack.

Totally understandable! 😂  I had some college roomates and friends that were all from Chicago suburbs back in the late 80's.  It was easy to be a fan of the Bulls and Michael Jordan back then!

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