joined some family at their cottage on a small lake (Stoco Lake) in Tweed, Ontario this past weekend to do a little fishing. the first night I was there my cousin hooked into a big fish casting open water while we were going between spots with the trolling motor. he got the fish to the boat pretty quick and it was still really fresh when we netted it. got it in and we were excited. suddenly, it went crazy in the net, got unhooked, and apparently sliced through the bottom w/ the gill plates and slid right out. went from a total high to "what the heck just happened." felt really bad for my cousin and even more for my uncle because he kept blaming himself even though we'd checked the net and other gear before we went out. truly a fish of a lifetime and didn't even get to touch it. fish was mid 50's and pushing 40 lbs. (based on my uncle's being 51" and 35 lb. last year and this was absolutely bigger). at least got a short video of the last few seconds of the fight and netting it. ah well, he's young and there's lots of fish in that little lake up there. just venting, good luck fishing to all.