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In the early 80’s I saw a local news station with camera crew and reporter filming two guys in a boat right off shore at Buttonwood. They hooked a Walleye on one of the guys line and filmed him reeling it in! :ROFLMAO: True story!
 

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Fishing Fremont several years ago and the water was flowing pretty good, we watched a couple guys walk the railroad tracks over the river and reach over and grab the telephone pole and shimmy down to the island and fish. I just went on google maps and grabbed a street view from the adjacent (Hayes ave.) bridge. Not sure how they got back
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Fishing Fremont several years ago and the water was flowing pretty good, we watched a couple guys walk the railroad tracks over the river and reach over and grab the telephone pole and shimmy down to the island and fish. I just went on google maps and grabbed a street view from the adjacent (Hayes ave.) bridge. Not sure how they got back View attachment 507064
Imagine them splinters! :oops:
 
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It doesn’t matter why. Like he said, tying yarn on your net isn’t against any regulations and no ticket would be written. It would put a target on your back, but unless you actualy break a law they can’t do anything.
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I remember one time we were fishing and it was raining pretty good. Not super hard just steady. It was the heart of the run and the river was packed shoulder to shoulder..all of a sudden this huge tree on the other side of the river gets hit by lightening..
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Picture this...probably a couple thousand people, all standing in water waist deep..TRYING, as fast as the could to get back to shore all at the same time...OMG we were laughing so damn hard we couldnt even get up on the bank
Once I was fishing this Sandusky River in Fremont this guy comes and stands next to me starts fishing looks at me and asked me if I would like a beer I said hell no what are you with the game warden or something .
 

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Just today hit the dusky and me and my buddy threw 5 bucks on first legal walleye. My pole was already tied so i blasted it in the water. Now he’s trying as fast as he can to get rigged up. Finally he’s tied and ready. Throws his rig down to get ready cast and realized he didn’t tie it to his pole 😂😂😂
 

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There used to be a couple guys who fished Buttonwood who had colored yarn covering their nets. 15-20 years ago, there was a guy (in his Oakland Raiders stocking cap) who would cast 1 oz leadheads(twisted sideways), hook a fish, and stick his pole half way down in the water as he reeled it in. When he got it in, he would stick his arms down in the water to his elbows, unhook the fish, and stringer it - without anyone ever seeing the fish. Everyone knew what he was doing, but you couldn't prove a thing. And just think how cold that water was!! He was down there almost every week day.

I've seen a guy catch a small bicycle, & another guy caught a tackle box. I have seen multiple stringers pulled in loaded with fish - dead and alive. I have caught 2 fishing poles myself.

The craziest thing I have seen - I was fishing Orleans early in the run about 15 years ago. I start talking to the kid next to me, and he says "I've got one"!. I look over and his pole isn't bent and he's not reeling in his line. I'm thinking the guy is crazy. I said it doesn't look like it. He said, I have one between my knees. He asked me to help him walk back to shore, which I did. When we got into the shallow water, sure enough he had a 5+ lb jack between his knees. He grabbed it & put it on the stringer & left!! :)
 

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This is about 15yrs ago now, fishing Orleans park on the Maumee. We have 10 or so people in our group all fishing together. One of the guys in our group, Curry, went to pee, some dude in his 50's comes in and swoops on his spot, we tell this guy our buddy just went to bathroom and will be right back and we are all together. Guy was a prick and didn't let Curry have his spot back. Guy starts trying to talk to us about his new setup this and that, we didn't care what he had to say cuz he stole our buddies spot. Well about 3 casts go but and this guy slips mid cast tosses his rod in the rivers and joins the Maumee swim team. We are all laughing at him at this point. He tells us he is getting another rod in his truck and he will be back. He walk of shames away never to be seen again. Curry gets his spot back. This is how first walleye run trip and only brought a 5ft ultra light rod. Everyone around us knew he had this rod cuz we were busting his balls all day for it. He finally hooked a fish and I swear like 50 guys stopped fishing to watch the ultra light battle an eye. Few tense moments later and the 3lb jack was in the net to the eruption of cheers all around us. It was awesome. About an hour goes by, Curry reels in the rod the guy that stole his spot lost. Curry switches to using it cuz it's a decent Fenwick with heavier action than his ultralight and then preceded to catch a 10lb eye. So many good times at the run
 

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Fished the MT tourney with a buddy one time out of my boat. We fished in front of Schroeders and had a helluva day. Great, but not quite great enough. It paid three places as I recall, and after the last team weighed, we were in fourth. Until.....the last team to weigh (who were in first and had been winners several times in the past) got DQ'd for snag-marked fish. Maybe the first indication that they wanted to cover up was that they dragged their fish across the pavement the entire time they waited in line? :) Either way, those dudes had some impressive catches over the years.

We fished it from the beginning until about 2005. Once it got to more than 25 teams, it became a clown show.
 

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Ok snother good one for yas
My son and i are up there fishing one day in water a lil paste or waist..my son says i got a fish...i look over and hes got his jig in his hands...i just laughed and said yea right i can see your jig in your hand...he says...no seriously i have a fish..so im like ok smarta$$ where is this fish you supposedly have...he says..between my legs...the guy on the other side of him hears us and says well reach down and grab it...he reaches down all of a sudden he comes up with about a 4 pound walleye in his hand..we all start laughing and he asks can i keep it...told him as farcas i know theres no regulation says you cant catch a gish with your bare hands...guy next to him tells him if he doesnt want it he would take it..
Lots of good times up there
 

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Fished Orleans years ago with success. As i'm standing thigh deep I hear a Plop in front of me. I turn around and there's a family behind me with several small kids and snoopy poles with bobbers casting towads us guys who are standing in the river.

Another time i was getting ready at my truck in the Fort parking lot. I look over and a dudes getting his waders on like normal, but his buddy puts on rubber galoshes and thin rain pants, duct tapes the pants to over shoes. He walked to the bank and in the water and turned right back around. He was soaked LOL
 

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At the rock pile on Maumee there is a tree about 20-30 yards down stream, a very steady steam of fishermen walking up the trail to the tree, look around, think to themselves no room on shore here but no one just out there. I used to yell to warn the guys of deep water there but they just keep coming, It drops to 4 ft or deeper within 2 feet of shore, some good times. Careful if you don't know what you are doing.
 

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yeah buddy many good times under the freemont r r bridge, used to shimmyy down that pole it had steps , but i was fishin under the btidge one day and a young man fell in the fast current , as he was yellin for help he says wont anyone help me ? as he bobs up and down in the curtrent, well he went under and nobody seemed to care ????? so jumped off that big rock and went after him he popped up a few feet from me so i grabbed him and drug him over to the bank, man that water is cold when your submerged.
 

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One of my most memorable memories -- many years ago, fishing the run on the Sandusky --- I was on the east bank and a line of anglers were wading the west side of the channel. A couple of those guys were in the sweet spot - belly snagging walleyes one after the other. They were loud and boisterous - bragging about the snagged walleye they were putting on the stringer.

I was getting really turned off -- violating game hogs and no one around to stop them. Looking around - no one around but anglers casting away, and one rummy sitting on the rocks behind me in soiled tattered t-shirt and pants holding a wine bottle in a paper bag. Suddenly, that "rummy" walked down to the water's edge, whipped out a badge, said "I want to see you two on the other bank."

Wow! State wildlife officer Milt Brent, one of the finest gentlemen I have known. His diguise actually fooled me. Yeah, one of the snaggers reached behind him to release his stringer into the current. Then, above on the Miles Newton Bridge, another tattered looking guy shouted down, " If you release that stringer, you'll be in twice as much trouble."

There are officers out there who will protect our resources.
 

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Went fishing at Fremont with a buddy when we were young and new to walleye fishing. I was lucky and caught a 9 lb female. My friend then hooked a “big” one and was screaming for someone to net it for him. Everyone stopped and watched with anticipation. After a long fight, my buddy reels in a condom completely filled with water. Everyone was dying laughing as my friend packed up and was ready to head home.


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