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Interesting catch while carp fishing

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So I was out fishing for carp today trying out a jighead with artificial grub(worked pretty well too!). The area where I was fishing has a couple of loose logs around, and I was snagging them often enough. At around 5 or so, I hit another snag. I grab my line and pull on it and sure enough it feels like a small loose log, fairly heavy but pulling on it made it come to me slowly but surely.

When I get it close, turns out it wasn't a log.

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Biggest snapping turtle I've eve seen. My lure was caught under the lip of his shell. I didn't have a net with me, and had no way of pulling him up on shore(also was only fishing with 4 or 6 lb test, can't remember for sure what I put on that reel).

Luckily with a bit of effort I got him unhooked, was able to get it done with just leaving him in the water. Best of all, I still have my 10 fingers!

Has this happened to anyone else here? I think I ran across a youtube video of Dtro catching a snapper on the minnesota river.

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I've caught a few, though usually on natural baits. It's usually "Darn, I'm snagged. No, I'm not... oh, man, how do I deal with this?" Snip.

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i get em all the time when fishing on some rivers. Hate it, cuz either I gotta risk getting my finger taken off, or leave a hook in their mouth/gullet. Those suckers are MEAN, and ridiculously quick and explosive

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I catch plenty of turtles throughout the summer.

*snerk*.... No comment

- Sorry, had to go there.

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