This fish was feeding in a deep slow pool when I coincidentally hooked it right by the mouth. Make no mistake, paddlefish are filter feeders and this fish wasnt looking to eat my lure. Once hooked it screamed line, I thought I had lucked into a giant muskie. It was like my hook got tied to the trailer hitch of a truck going 35mph in the opposite direction - the reel was screaming, the drag started to wear out the fish. As it slowed down I turned the head and got it swimming straight back to the boat! It came closer and saw the boat, did a somersalt and dove for the bottom. Turned it back up and Luke quickly scooped the paddlefish up in our giant muskie net before it knew what happened. It then thrashed in the net like a bluefin tuna with tail up, totally amazing to see! The fish measured 50" and estimated weight 30-35lbs. Released incredibly well, it was a pleasure to touch and see such a storied fish in our great state of Pennsylvania.
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