It's a little walk from the car to the pond so I was kinda spooked a couple times walking through the trees in the mostly-dark.
Finally got down to the water, tossed in the 7" Powerworm that's been rigged up since last Friday. got a couple knocks on it, missed the hookset, reeled in. I pulled back to cast and smacked the worm/weight off my line on the dock behind me, scaring up something HUGE about ten yards away along the shore.
Swearing, I (very clumsily in the dark) tied on a $1 buzzbait from Walmart and whipped it out along the shoreline. This was my first time fishing a buzzbait so I retrieved just like I've read to, started reeling right before it hit the water and steadily brought it over the surface.
I couldn't see my bait at this point so my second cast I can hear my bait on the surface, followed by a little splash and silence... Immediately after I feel a pull on the line so I jerked up and had her. This is the first time I had a fish really run hard so I let her run a little and reeled in as much as I could. When I got her up to the shore I couldn't tell how big she was so I swung her up on shore. She was pretty huge. (by my standards anyway!) I don't have a measuring tape but she went from the end of my pinky to my elbow and felt like she weighed about 3-3.5lbs. When I went to get the hook out, I shined my cell phone in her mouth and saw the tip of something's tail sticking out of her throat. I tried to take a picture but my phone has no flash. :( I managed to get a blob of my arm and a blob of the fish that I'll put on here. Not very believable or exciting but at least its evidence... Sort of.
Thats what windows came up with when I hit auto-fix. you can see my hand at the top holding her by the lip. Like I said, not very exciting but hopefully it lets everyone know I'm not just telling fish stories. :)
I thought about taking her home but it was about 9:20 and I have work in the morning so I didn't wanna stay way up to figure out how to clean her. (Haven't cleaned a fish in about 10 years.) I had her out of the water for about a minute at this point and didn't want to run all the way back to the car and streetlamps just to take a picture so I let her go. I then picked up my rod and realized I didn't have my line run through the end eye on my pole the whole time! Got pretty lucky I guess. She messed up the buzzbait, bent it and ripped the skirt down to the bottom of the hook so I took it off, fixed the line, tied on a Rat L Trap lookalike and tossed that a few times with no bites.
I'll probably be going back there again Sunday so hopefully I can get her again and get a decent picture this time, I'll cross my fingers. :)
Lessons learned: Buy a cheap digital camera with a flash. Buy a scale and tape measure so I don't just have a blobby picture as evidence! Buy more cheap buzzbaits at Walmart!
Tight lines everybody!